Official Dress of the International Woman of Mystery

by Erin on December 15, 2009

Vogue 1044

I love this dress. I think it would be fun to have this dress with three or four different underslips, in different patterns, kind of like wearing different shirts with same suit, only better. This dress was probably used in one of those 1960s movies where the heroine's "disguise" consisted of a completely conspicuous hat and sunglasses that would shield car headlamps, or where she dressed as a boy (but with full-on false eyelashes), or she "hid" by standing behind a set of brocade drapes (like any villain with common sense doesn't have venetian blinds at this point).

You can nab this dress (and possibly sign up for Interpol) at the Vintage Fashion Library, where Lisa is having a FREE SHIPPING sale. Yes, that even includes you folks outside the U. S. of A. (See what I mean about Interpol?) Also, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to the United Christmas Service in Indianapolis. (Interpolnapolis? Okay, took the joke too far.) This sale includes patterns at Miss Helene's as well — email Lisa for more details if you want to buy from both sites. Sale lasts until the 17th, so shop now for best selection …

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Lydia December 15, 2009 at 7:55 am

I love this dress, and a resounding yes! to the multiple slips. I dont see why one couldnt modify a standard shift dress to get a similar effect. I might give it a try!


Jen December 15, 2009 at 8:47 am

Modify? Yes! What a great way to make a tight waisted 50s dress fit a 2000s average size waist. Not that I promote vintage dress destruction or something like that…


Dr. Julie-Ann December 15, 2009 at 9:27 am

I wasnt surprised when I clicked on the link to find that this dress had already been snatched up.For the rest of us, we could take a basic shift pattern and do some slashing to the front of it (after copying the original pattern of course).It looks like a horizontal seam would be placed just above the bust apex. Then a simple inverted pleat along the left princess line and you have yourself a variation of this gem!


Anonymous December 15, 2009 at 11:47 am

I must admit, I am the guilty party who snapped this pattern up. Who can resist being a vintage international woman of mystery? My name is Blonde – Jane Blonde. (Cue music)Amy


Kristen December 15, 2009 at 11:52 am

the sting would hurt perhaps a little less if Amy would post photos of said dress when it is made…


When Ladies Dressed December 15, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I love this pattern! Fabulous!


Sara December 15, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Love it! And that is a great dress, too.


Cookie December 15, 2009 at 12:55 pm

IT REMINDS ME OF THE PIRT WE DISCUSSED HERE, ONCE! (I mean the underskirt aspect.) How I wish I had kept an image of that mysterious pattern that was featured at Lanetz Living for so long. Also, this is one of my 2 favorite pattern illustrators, and I have changed my avatar for the day, in a show of solidarity.


Anonymous December 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Seriously, pattern companies should let us vote on patterns to put back in print–updated for todays bodies/sewers. Because this one would get my vote. Just lovely.


lucitebox December 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I cant tell you enough how totally ME this dress is. The batteau neckline (a favorite style), the bracelet sleeves and that dashing slip/slit detail action–all I can say is iwantiwantiwantiwantiwantiwant.Alas, icannnotsewicannotsewicannotsew.Sign me, Frustrated breaker of all sewing machines


Nishant December 24, 2009 at 10:35 am

What a great way to make a tight waisted 50s dress fit a 2000s average size waist. Not that I promote vintage dress destruction or something like that… Work from home India


Lizard December 27, 2009 at 2:09 am

I have the exact same pattern!!! Though, it doesnt have the french flag on the top of the cover -and I got it for a bridesmaid dress for a best friends wedding.I used the colours that my friend chose – dark blue (outer) and slightly-paler-than-normal blue, both raw silk, and I found a beautiful antique silver belt buckle with flowers that I used to make a belt like the blue-dress in the background.Everybody, including the blushing bride, loved it! (if you want a picture, Ill post a link up here!)


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