Mary Quant was a British fashion designer and icon who was instrumental in the Mod and youth fashion movements in 1960s London. She encouraged young people to treat fashion as fun and to dress to please themselves.
In 1955, she opened Bazaar, a boutique on the King’s Road, at a time when “fashion wasn’t designed for young people”. Quant was influenced by the Chelsea beatniks and the dance outfits she remembered from childhood. Famed for popularizing (there is a lot of debate about who actually invented it) the mini skirt, her clothes were made up of simple shapes combined with strong colours. I bet the character, Megan, from Mad Men, would have totally embraced this designer’s early ’60s style.
Butterick hired Mary Quant to design patterns for their Young Designers Series. Judging by the near or at-the-knee hemlines, I would say the following are from the early half of the 1960s. These would be great to get ahold of if you want to make a Megan-like look for yourself.