Inspiration struck as I settled down to watch the wonderful Maggie Smith in the film adaptation of the equally wonderful Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. I really recommend this film, not least of all for the fabulously affected Edinburgh accent! The clothes however were the revelation, the colours, the shapes. I set about recreating something similar and I found the perfect little dress pattern in a previous months Burdastyle magazine and I moved all else aside to make a start on it.
I spent some time tracing the pattern from the crazy Burdastyle pattern sheet. The next step was to find the perfect fabric in a colour reminiscent of the film and the period it was set in.
Inspiration ….. the wonderful Maggie.
As luck would have it I had been given some vouchers for a local fabric store from colleagues of a firm I used to work in and wanted to make something that would remind me of my time there. I found it in this deep burgundy crepe, with a wonderful hand, quite heavy with a beautiful drape, perfect for my Brodie keepsake dress.
covered button deep cuff
covered button yoke
I love this pattern, its very elegant and I could see it in a black crepe with silk sheer chiffon sleeves. It moves beautifully due to not only the crepe fabric but the design of the skirt with the deep centre front pleat and slight flare. The shape on the body, because of the separate waist yoke, gives a nice fit through the torso and of course the sleeves (which I had to shorten slightly) are an absolute favourite. If you can dig this pattern out it’s well worth the effort. I would recommend a muslin/toile though as the v-yoke detail really needs to be perfect so some practice in insertion would be advised.
More of Maggie as Miss Brodie
Maggie now as you may know her in Downton Abbey.