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Sep 21, 2012

Mad Men, Audrey-Style Vintage Pattern GIVEAWAY!



Readers, where have I seen this dress and jacket combo before?  Did Audrey Hepburn wear it in Two For the Road?  Or was it Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair?  





I can't quite place it but I know I've seen it, or something just like it on somebody famous.  Obviously this Simplicity "Designer Fashion" pattern 7264, which dates from 1967, was a knockoff of either Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Nina Ricci, Yves Saint Laurent, or someone like that.  If you can dig up the evidence, please share it with us!



I've had this pattern in my stash for some time now and, at this point, I think one of you is likely to stitch it up before I ever do.  It's perfect for fall, don't you think?  So cute.

Simplicity 7264 is a vintage size 16, which corresponds to a 36" bust (28" waist, 38" hip).  It's complete and uncut.

Here's what the pattern pieces look like; very straightforward.



If you're interested, all you have to do is leave a comment below.  Easy!

MPB readers the world over are eligible, and I'll announce the winner -- chosen at random -- on Monday.

Good luck!

(Now where have I seen that outfit before?  Help me out, fashion mavens!)

75 comments:

  1. Love it! Do I have to steal some art if I win it though?

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  2. Looks very Oleg Cassini/Jackie Kennedy to me.

    No evidence, just a foggy memory.

    I suffer from pattern lust. I love that pattern I can see why you bought it. Sigh.

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  3. I will try anything that might make me look like miss Audrey!

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  4. Oh my god do I want this pattern! It's adorable. I finally sewed the circle dotted fabric I got from mood during MPB day. I'm so happy to be able to be sewing again.

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  5. The illustration of the brunette reminds me of Audrey in "Charade."

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  6. Tommy H and Ralph L are all about the plaids and houndstooth this fall and I have a lovely length of brown check/plaid that would really work well. If only I had the body of Mary Tyler Moore to fit into the a-line!

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  7. Me! Me!

    It looks a lot like this one: http://www.coutureallure.com/products/vintage-60s-dress-and-coat-mod-wool-herringbone-small-bust-37. Okay, so the jacket is a different length, and the collar/sleeve/pocket details are different on the dress, but it is *herringbone*

    It's also not a million miles away from this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/106196293/vtg-60s-uncut-vogue-couturier-michael-of?ref=sr_gallery_26&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=mod+dress+jacket&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=mod+dress+jacket&ga_includes%5B%5D=tags&ga_view_type=gallery

    but I can't put my finger on anything exactly the same.

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  8. I love the use of bias. Very nice pattern.

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  9. luvluvluv, you, audrey, pattern...

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  10. Maybe the St Laurent near the beginning of Belle de Jour?
    Claudine

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  11. Never mind, that was sleeveless. Claudine

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  12. Very cool! I'll throw my Thomas Crown hat in for the pattern.

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  13. Very cute, very Audrey.

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  14. Love the pattern and yes, I do want it :-). I liked the remake of the Thomas Crown Affair with Pierce Bronson and Rene Russo. Of course, I like anything with Pierce Bronson.

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  15. Love it! This would be fantastic for my starting business Ehlehnes Designs. You know it is always hard in the beginning. Wow, what a dream come true. I have always love that era's style; it was clean, sophisticated, but fun too.

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  16. Charade is one of my favourite movies: such witty dialogue and performances. That's a lovely pattern, too.

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  17. I'd love to win that pattern.

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  18. That yoke is amazing, I love it! Fingers crossed I'm lucky this time!! :)

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  19. What a great pattern - a lovely style for those of us not blessed with any waist whatsoever. All those great 40s/50s styles are out of bounds for me :(

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  20. I don't know where it's from... but I think I'm going to spend my Friday night watching Audrey Hepburn movies now...

    Count me in for the giveaway!

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  21. Bewitched? I swear Samantha Stevens wore lots of dresses just like that! (Come to think of it, so did Marlo Thomas on That Girl....)

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  22. No idea where you've Seen it but i can See it On me! I love bias Cut yoke.

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  23. I think the beautiful Diana Rigg wore some outfits like this in the role of Emma Peel in 'The Avengers'. It's an outfit that cries for accessorising with a man like John Steed in a well cut suit (? Cardin) and bowler hat, with perfectly furled brolly.

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  24. "It Takes a Thief"? or maybe on "Get Smart"? Not sure of either of these, but I can totally see Miss Hepburn in this dress, also.

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  25. Looks like Jackie Kennedy to me! It is SO CUTE!

    Hugs

    Catherine

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  26. I'm not a movie watcher so no help there but I'd love to have that pattern! Good luck with figuring it out.

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  27. It's sooo familiar, and I'll think of it in the middle of the night. Love that styling, so count me in, too.

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  28. I see someone beat me to it, but I too would have guessed Charade! Love the dress!

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  29. Ok. I am in! I would totally make that and wear to work.

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  30. Ooo...absolutely adorable. The dress is cute but the jacket takes it to the next level.

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  31. That is swell - wherever you saw it before, if I'm the lucky winner, you'll see it again on me ...

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  32. Hmmmm. The perfect style for my shape, and it's in my size - could this be meant for me?

    Oh, please, yes!

    Definitely a dress that Samantha of Bewitched wore and possibly Mary Tyler Moore, too.

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  33. Exactly my size, so I'll throw my hat into the ring! What a fabulously fabulous pattern :)

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  34. I love the jacket, and I have some great material to make this! I am teaching myself to sew, so this would be a great project for me to play around with! I would love to win it!!!

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  35. So cute, please count me in- am a beginner but would love to make this.

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  36. This is such a lovely pattern, I have a thing for jackets these days and this one might just send me to jacket heaven if I had the chance to stitch it.

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  37. Lovely pattern, thanks for sharing! I just adore the houndstooth and bias cut yoke version.

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  38. I love this pattern and it's in my size! I think the dress looks familiar, too and I wonder if it was worn by Katharine Ross in the Graduate when Elaine and Ben went on their first disastrous date?? Don't know why that springs to mind. I have a perfect silk boucle that has been in my stash for some time that would be perfect for this pattern.

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  39. I've been trying to win/get hold of a pattern like this for ages. Perfect for the chilly UK at this time of year and it would be fab for my office job. Fingers crossed! Love your blog - particularly the shirts!

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  40. It reminds me of those fab outfits from 'How to Steal a mIllion' you needa young Peter O'Toole and a little convertable...

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  41. You know it's a Simplicity retro pattern that's out recently. That's where I've seen it I think. In a plaid from memory. I don't have time to look at the Simplicity site now but I'm sure that's it.

    I have a jacket pattern like that (vintage one) and some brocade that was my Mum's from the 60's so I should make it up while it is fashionable again.

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  42. I love that pattern. I'm in!

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  43. I want it. Lots of ideas for it. It does look like Jackie.

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  44. Elaine (nobody you know)September 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Love it. And I have 4 yards of a gorgeous tweed for it!

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  45. Oooh! pick me please!! and I had a great time watching Lured the other night, thanks!!

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  46. Great Pattern, Pick Me, make me the envy of my my office mates!

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  47. So many comments already! Anyway, I love the pattern so much that I decided to leave a comment as well and I wish that I am the lucky one.
    Good blog, too. Usually I only read it, now it's a good opportunity to say I like it.

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  48. I love the dress and jacket pattern! Count me in please!

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  49. L.O.V.E. Just my size too! I would make and wear this with such pride!!!!

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  50. Fantastic! New to sewing and stumbled on your site - it's given me so much confidence and inspiration! This dress would be stunning.. Perhaps Charade or How to steal a million?

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  51. I love Audrey Hepburn and her classic style. Anyway, I'm an experienced pattern maker but I don't understand how pattern piece R (front lining) would be sewn in with the rest of the jacket lining. Does anyone know? Thanks.

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  52. I would make this up pronto. I have a late 60s A-line dress pattern with a big collar that I used recently (http://theslowsteady.blogspot.com/2012/08/sew-weekly-yellow_7.html), and I was just considering whether I have the skills to modify it and make a yoke piece like your pattern.

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  53. I know where I have seen this. I made a very simillar dress to this pattern in 1970 out of double knit. I don't think it was the exact pattern, but it was a hit in high school. This one is in my current size. At the time I was considerably smaller!

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  54. You saw the dress on ME, in pink linen, in the late sixties.... Oh, yes. Cathie, in Quebec.

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  55. Love this! I would totally make it, blog about it, and wear it to work where I'd be awfully out of place (not that that's any different than usual...)

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  56. It's my size! (although the thought of being a 16 is slightly off putting).
    I would love to make this and I have a fabulous houndstooth in my stash that would be perfect.

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  57. It made me think of the help. the outfit that Emma stone wears in an early scene. I love it! please enter me into giveaway. :)

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  58. Count me in please peter - it's my size and I love the little jacket!

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  59. it does look rather beautiful :-)

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  60. I have the perfect wool in my stash for this!

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  61. I'm that size - a vintage size 16! (and here I thought I was always a 6; haha) I would love that dress

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  62. What a sensational pattern. I could see myself making this. The question is though who for? I'm pretty sure my mother, sister and best friend could fight it out with handbags at dawn.

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  63. oooh yes please, i've been keen to try some 60's A-line dresses, and the pattern is just my size :) Also, loving plaids at the moment but we are heading into spring/summer here in NZ so I shall have to keep the autumnal sewing plans on the backburner

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  64. I just had the most amazing second-hand pattern experience and just have to talk about it!

    I needed a straight skirt pattern to help alter a much-too-large silk chifon trumpet skirt (in a fabulous zebra print, with godets) I got at the thrift store, so I pulled out this Burda pattern I got at value village; the top part was just what I needed. When I took out the pattern I found it had been cut as a size 12; I needed a 14.. But here's the kicker: the person had SAVED the pieces with the leftover multisizes and there they all were in the envelope, all neatly folded and labeled, even!! The thing that slayed me is that they were able to get all those extra cut-off pieces BACK in the envelope so tidily that the whole thing looked practically ORIGINAL; so much so that I thought the pattern hadn't even been cut! I am completely impressed; for the life of me I can never get pattern pieces back into the envelope like that; I always have to break out a (much larger) manila envelope for them!

    Thank you for reading this; I an not interested in winning the pattern (not my style at all) I just wanted to share this marvel with people able to appreciate it!

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  65. "And their very existence reflects obscene levels of economic inequality"
    Capitalism redistributes wealth. I'm certain the families of all the artisans who built those gilded piles were thrilled when Papa got hired to work on Winterthur, or wherever. Those places didn't erect themselves. They were constructed by armies of Italian stonemasons, German woodcarvers, every nationality of carpenter, plumber, brick mason, plasterer, glass-blower and more craftsmen I can't even imagine to name. The structures were legal to build. The employment, the original GREEN jobs. They made great livings off those stately piles.
    The men who made all that money had an idea, took terrible risks and were successful. We don't hear about all the men who failed, for whatever reason, to win their fortunes. These men sold products people wanted to buy. They made a lot of money doing that.
    Find a need and fill it. There's no shame in having imagination and drive.

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  66. If it's not too late, count me in! I love the pictured version with the plaid in different directions.

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  67. Ooh, that's exactly my size and I'd so make this up. Count me in!

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  68. That pattern is perfect Mad Men-style! I love it. And it would definitely be the kick I need to get that last inch off my waistline again…

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