“What’s the Story?” week, part 5

by Erin on March 13, 2009

Today's story-pattern is brought to us by Patterns from the Past:

McCalls 8062

Plot synopsis: The fabulously wealthy Candace Verweehauken-Jones is not only the leader of New York's social scene; she's also #1 on the FBI's most-wanted list (for racketeering, mostly, and as a suspect in the death of husband #3, Cornelius Jones). To keep from being apprehended and arrested at the various charity galas she chairs, she is attended at all times by two top-of-the-line social-secretary/security bots (manufactured by Verweehauken Industries, small appliances division).

Orange dress apprises Mrs. CVJ of the names, net worths, and current social entanglements and aspirations of all approachers, via a wireless heads-up display accessed directly through Mrs. CVJ's retinas. Floral dress is tasked with threat assessment, CCTV monitoring (again, wirelessly), and champagne/canape procurement.

However, tonight—tonight all Mrs. CVJ's carefully-laid plans will go awry, as she will be captured, in more than one way, by a last-minute fill-in date for one of the Junior Social Chairs—one Special Agent Robert Kerrigidan. Fireworks and firepower both come into play, as their epic gun battle ends in an equally epic kiss in the ruins of the ballroom. Don't miss it!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous March 13, 2009 at 9:10 am

I would by a ticket to that movie. for sure.

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Theresa March 13, 2009 at 9:27 am

Awesome! I love it all — the story, the hair, the dresses!

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sara jane March 13, 2009 at 9:50 am

OMG.. I have been enjoying these all week, but I really, really want to read this book, or movie as anonymous said.Thanks, Erin!

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 at 10:28 am

The three ill-fated memebers of the little known 60s girl group “The White Supremes.” The name was a little iffy.

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Kristen March 13, 2009 at 10:33 am

ooh ooh, more this one! more! how fun!

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Elizabeth March 13, 2009 at 10:36 am

{giggles madly} Your stories are so awesome! Thank you for bringing such a bright spot to my days lately!

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Amy B. March 13, 2009 at 11:40 am

I want to see this movie! it certainly sounds better than what the big studios have been putting out lately. ;)

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Jen March 13, 2009 at 11:57 am

The lead is obviously a Hitchcock blonde, but which one?

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm

“canape procurement” hahaha That made it for me right there. I’ve loved reading all the stories this week. I’m going to have to go sit up in my sewing room and concoct stories about my patterns. It’s like paper dolls +. Jennifer B

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Melissa March 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm

This is the best story yet. The only thing I would add is the location of the SecBots’ wireless receivers: their add-on hair buns. Press on a button-shaped earring, and the bun dome flips up to reveal a tiny satellite dish and doomsday switch.

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Marge, Born Too Late Vintage March 13, 2009 at 12:51 pm

One should know when to leave things as they are and this is one of those times. :)

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Anonymous March 13, 2009 at 12:53 pm

And when it was over, her hair was perfect, her white gloves unbesmerched, her dress untouched. She had however, broken her string of beads in order for the tiny explosive charges to drop into the path of her attackers. They were, after all, pop-beads.

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Frannie March 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

What a wonderful week! Thanks, Erin.

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Wendy March 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Too funny!Hope there are more to come next week.

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Theresa March 13, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Tippi Hendren?

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Bob March 13, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I really want to see this movie.

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AmandaMay March 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Coming soon to a theatre near me? *fingers crossed*

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gwensews March 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Thank you for the stories. They are delightful!

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brocadegoddess March 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Yes! Yes! This needs to be a movie!! Oooooh, so fabulous.You are so incredibly talented at these (among many other things)

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Anonymous March 14, 2009 at 6:57 am

just came from this exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery, (victoria, Australia) THE GOLDEN AGE OF COUTURE: PARIS LONDON 1947-577 December 2008 – 22 March 2009worth visiting – details of the original exhibition can be viewed at http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1486_couture/

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Anonymous March 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm

The only thing wrong with this story is that I cannot watch the movie right now.

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Cookie March 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm

The lead is obviously a Hitchcock blonde, but which one? Well, she kind of has Grace Kelly’s face with Tippi Hedren’s wardrobe (minus the huuuuge, danish pastry hair), so I think this is what Kelly WOULD have looked like as Marnie in 1964 if her poopy-head husband hadn’t made her back out from doing that as her comeback.Golly, all their upper arms are really spindly on that pattern, aren’t they, even by fashion illustration standards!? Eeek!

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ZombieLace March 14, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Haha, that is too funny!! Never thought a simple old pattern could be so full of intrigue!

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wundermary March 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Wow, gratuitous use of the fall!

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Birgit March 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Has the week really come to a close? Erin, more please!And have you seen http://clothedminds.blogspot.com/for a regular dose of vintage pattern illustration analysis?

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Ana March 15, 2009 at 3:19 pm

You are hilarious.

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Gidget Bananas March 16, 2009 at 11:41 am

Anonymous 10:28 — “White Supremes!” Ha!Love the story AND the dresses. Whatever happened to that dangerous chic?

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Callie April 25, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Very creative story. Is this actual pattern Paula Trigere? Love it!

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