Sleek. Sophisticated. Day. Evening. Vintage. Modern. September 13, 2011 11:41

You're looking for just the right pattern to make just the right dress. Something chic. Something versatile. Something that will work for the office. Something dressy enough for that out-of-the-way bistro you love. Something vintage. Something modern. Advance 6979, circa 1950s, garners check marks for everything on your list. 

Oh, this will be fabulous with your Miriam Haskell pearls and your Lilly Dache turban. And how. Perhaps you'll stitch it up out of a navy shantung. Or perhaps a gray sharkskin. Or perhaps both. This is so classic that the choices are endless. Absolutely.

Perhaps you'll even do bound buttonholes. Perhaps. Yes. Definitely. You will.

The details, for your pleasure: Bust 34. Factory folds. $33. Available at The Blue Gardenia, where the patterns are counted, the jewelry is sparkling, and domestic shipping is free. (And, yes, we happily ship abroad — either Global Priority or Express — for less than USPS charges us. Isn't that grand? I think so.)