Funny Face Autumn Basics

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I couldn’t resist. Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, doing her crazy modern dance in Greenwich Village, is one of my favourite moments in any film, ever. It’s so delightfully earnest and daft, and I do love to see a bookish girl cut loose. And the all-black-everything, slim cigarette pants and cropped top (as designed by Edith Head in this case) is just classic, timeless cool. See also Kim Novak in Bell, Book and Candle (before she, infuriatingly, changes her style and very identity for Jimmy Stewart of all people. But I digress…), and Midge in Marvellous Mrs. Maisel playing dress up in her “downtown” outfit. In fact, I remember wearing something similar to a Father-Daughter Girl Scout dance when I was a kid. The theme was 50’s, so my Dad, who delights in being subversive wherever possible, insisted we go as beatniks. I learned to snap and everything. So all this to say, I feel pretty cool today:

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It’s ridiculously hard to photograph black clothes, guys, but I’ve used the cigarette pants from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. I have another pair of these in coral stretch twill, which  I found came up a little big on me, but this black cotton twill has no stretch whatsoever so I actually gave it a little more ease than my other pair so I could do crazy stuff like sit down. I hesitated for a long time to use this fabric (it was one of the oldest cuts in my stash, bought as a remnant from the Cloth House in Soho) because of the lack of stretch, but I decided to just go for it. I pre-washed twice, just in case, and crossed my fingers, but they turned out fantastic.

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I also omitted the slash pockets. In my coral pair, I just don’t find them functional – they aren’t big enough for my phone and keys, and even if they were it would make a big ugly bulk in the slimmest part of the silhouette. So no pockets. I don’t regret it.

The top is another Simplicity 8529, which is the Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater as licensed by Simplicity. It has drop sleeves instead of the raglan in the indie version, and a different decline option, but it’s pretty similar in shape. I bought the pattern in the US (or rather my mom bought it for me in the Joann’s sale) last year, but I understand it was included with Simply Sewing last month here in the UK. I’ve cropped the length, just like last time. I think the modern boxiness really works for this!

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I’ve lightened this photo significantly so you can almost see the fit of the trousers. I love them:

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And a bonus shot with my little photobomber:

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This is how I will wear it, but the way, pegged up with red shoes and maybe my leopard print coat (which definitely veers more toward Bell, Book and Candle). And then I will snap my fingers, and reread Howl, and say, “cool, Daddio, coooool”.

You guys still have a few days to post makes for Sewing The Scene too – can’t wait to see them! xxx

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