Small Consolations

by Erin on November 17, 2006

mcCalls 5147

Okay, another one via Summerset and SoVintage. Midriff, Peter Pan collar, contrast fabrics … frakkin' RICK RACK? Good thing this is a B32 and, as we know, I'm far, far too lazy to scale up …

And is it just me, or do these two women look as if they're executing a drop-pass of confidential information? They have that bar between them, yet Blondie is angled towards the other woman as if speaking to her. Perhaps they are both secret agents in the war for fun clothes? A war I'm still fighting, way out here on my Pacific atoll. No one's told me it's over yet, y'see …

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Gidget Bananas November 17, 2006 at 8:55 am

Does anyone else think these women are in a church production of “Sweet Charity” and about to break into a very proper acapella version of “Hey Big Spender”?


barbann November 17, 2006 at 9:10 am

I am going to go with:On a playground…the kids have run off to the swings and the pattern captures the women during a break in the childcare action,where they covertly exchange secret family recipes.


nora November 17, 2006 at 9:41 am

Yes, I think the blonde is passing some piece of information to the brunette – possibly microfilm – with her left hand. And the brunette, in her cleverness, has made the red midriff band to go OVER the gingham, so that it can serve as a pocket for very flat pieces of intelligence.I think this sort of pattern illustration is what inspires Mabel Maney, author of the Nancy Clue/Hardly Boys books, as well as the romp “Kiss the Girls and Make them Spy,” which is full of gender-bending, mod fashions, and truth-serum lipsitcks, in swinging London (and one of the heroines, Jane Bond, works in a bookshop!). Quite a hoot.


S. November 17, 2006 at 10:25 am

Am I the only one who thinks it’s odd how their breasts look like their being propped up by the midriff thingy?


Summerset November 17, 2006 at 11:41 am

Yes, there is something conspiratorial about them, isn’t there? The red dress one is trying to look away and casual about the whole affair. I didn’t notice until now, but take a look at the pointy/bullet bra look of the red dress. Reminds of the foundation garment discussion the other day.


Cathy November 17, 2006 at 12:10 pm

Interesting to see this as an adult dress, because I was recently going through a closet in my childhood home and came across a dress exactly like this that my mother had saved. I think I was about 8 (which puts it at 1962) when I wore it. It was brown and tan and I couldn’t identify the fabric. I might have thought it was a kind of stiff, nubby silk except I know it was machine washable.No rickrack, though. And I don’t know why she saved this particular dress. She was an expert seamstress.


Andrea November 17, 2006 at 12:21 pm

There, there, now. No need to despair. Just go back to our old favorite, Butterick 4790, add the collar and sleeves and fool around with the skirt.Easy as pie!


Anonymous November 17, 2006 at 1:18 pm

Well, their hairstyles are too old, but they look like they are on a playground. Surely a grown woman wouldn’t wear a dress like that. I feel like I’m watching a very bad b&w movie this week with all these dresses.


Thoughts on Life and Millinery. November 17, 2006 at 4:06 pm

Austrian dirndl…that’s what they are wearing. The girls will grow up to serve beer at Octoberfest.Us hour-glass figure types look hot in those dirndl get ups. Wish they’d come into style outside of Austria and Biergartens.Wish I had the chutzpa to wear a dirndle at ref desk at the library. That would live the place up!


Claire November 17, 2006 at 4:32 pm

Personally, I would love to see anyone wearing dirndle in a library, especially one who actually works there. I say go for it!


Anonymous November 17, 2006 at 4:38 pm

I’d say they are sharing boyfriend secrets, maybe they are comparing notes….about the same one guy!


Sylvia November 17, 2006 at 6:06 pm

BLONDE: “Oh, heavens! She’s wearing my dress! Horrors!”BRUNETTE: “Look at that b****! Who does she think she is, showing up wearing MY dress?!”BLONDE: “Oh, I just knew this would happen! But my rick-rack makes mine soooo much sweeter than hers.”BRUNETTE: “She may have rick-rack, but I’ve got a real rack. And a kick-ass contrast midriff band!”BLONDE: “Maybe I should have made a contrast midriff band.”BRUNETTE: “And that rick-rack! Geez. Talk about ruining a good thing.”BLONDE: “Did I overdo it with the rick-rack? Oh, I don’t know!” [Tears well up.]BRUNETTE: “Whatever. I look way hotter than she does no matter what I wear. Maybe I should make another one and modify it with a plunging V neckline. She’d never go there.”


Anonymous November 18, 2006 at 12:33 am

I think blonde is hitting on brown, who can’t make up her mind but is quite tempted./Monika


Anonymous November 18, 2006 at 6:40 am

This design screams “The Bad Seed” to me. Which is not a Bad Thing, per se.I love the Mabel Maney series!


Gidget Bananas November 18, 2006 at 10:34 am

Check out this dirndl. Or at least it’s being advertised as a dirndl. I think that dress is perfectly acceptable library wear, don’t you?And I can hear Sister Mary Flowerpot now: “Girls, keep your hands where we can see them.”


Floridaprincess November 18, 2006 at 10:53 pm

I love that movie The Bad Seed!!!Looks like Nancy Drew & George to me. They are having a conversationabout a mystery trying to be as discreet as possible.Peter Pan collars are back in style this year. Well in blouses anyway. Not, that I really care if it is in style or not. I wear what I dang well please & what ever makes me happy.


Anonymous November 21, 2006 at 8:40 am

I used to have this pattern. But mine was a Bust 32, too, so I sold it. Lazy non-pattern-graders, unite!–Lydia


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