I made myself late for an appointment today hovering over the last minutes of the ebay auction for the pattern pictured at left -- and I lost anyway. Its auction price was $29.00, its original price was probably, what? $1.25? But damn, it's a great vintage pattern. Besides being in my size, it's got a shape similar to the Duro dress of fame and many A Dress A Day entries, but with a couple of differences that makes it more suitable for me. In particular, this pattern, S9707, has a a natural waistline, which will keep me from looking like an elderly pregnant woman, and it has narrow set-in sleeves, which would keep me from setting myself on fire when I fired up the gas range to make a cup of tea.
While the bidding was open I made the mistake of imagining I already owned this pattern, and in my mind I was picking out fabric and trim and wondering how it would look with three-quarter sleeves -- and then I lost. Of course, now I MUST. HAVE. IT. So, I'm on the lookout for vintage Simplicity 9707. If any of y'all have one you'd like to sell me, let me know, m'kay?