Readers, have you ever seen Charade (1963) starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant?
I watched it last week, and while this suspense film is undermined by its relentlessly spoofy tone, it is certainly stylish, as nearly any Audrey Hepburn movie is.
Every time I see Audrey in her Givenchy movie wardrobes, I think of Vogue Paris Original patterns, whose heyday was the 1960's and 70's.
Of course today, the very idea of a Paris original anything seems
quaint; it's been so long since Paris was the center of global fashion.
Fifty years ago, however, the term definitely suggested status and
I own a few Vogue Paris Original patterns (mainly in the wrong size, like the three above) that I've picked up here and there, but I've yet to make one. After seeing Charade I think it may be time. Last week I hunted on eBay and Etsy for one I really liked (at a price I could afford), and found the Givenchy below. It's late 60's, but still has a very Audrey flavor, don't you think?
I don't know exactly when I'll make this outfit, but I do think it's time Cathy had a Paris Original of her own.
In other pattern-related news, I also picked up this contemporary McCall's unisex knit sweater pattern, 6803. One of my ideas for my next sweater knit project is a shawl-collar cardigan. (Another is a knit and leather project. More about that later.)
In closing, friends, have you ever made a Vogue Paris Original? Was it very difficult?
Did you sew in the little "Vogue Paris Original" label you were supposed to pick up from the store where you bought your pattern, way back when? I have one of those lying around in one of my notions drawers -- I'll have to dig it out.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!