This Week’s Pattern Story

by Erin on May 8, 2009

Butterick 7235

(This week's pattern story is brought to us courtesy of Rita at Cemetarian. Everything is 20% off with the coupon code FIESTY, for the next five days!)

Beige Dress: I get SO BORED waiting for the rest of the wall to come into being.

Blue Dress: Tell me about it. How am I supposed to decide on window treatments if there aren't any windows?

Beige Dress: When they said that life would be different at Flatland Estates, I didn't think it would be THIS different. Or this boring. Plus, I think I don't love my husband, Flash, any more.

Blue Dress: Well, that was the shortest distance between two points.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Trudy Callan May 8, 2009 at 8:23 am

Cute. I love the detailing on this


Nathalie May 8, 2009 at 8:24 am

Fantastic pocket details too!


Rebecca Z. May 8, 2009 at 8:28 am

There’s something wrong about the angularness of the front and the roundness of the back, as if the dress has an identity crisis.But I love the story.


Melissa May 8, 2009 at 9:23 am

Miss Beige is hemming her dress with the World’s Longest Needle, while Miss Blue is calling Ripley’s on her invisible phone.


Melissa May 8, 2009 at 9:24 am

Ah, crud, I got beige and blue mixed up.


Theresa May 8, 2009 at 9:26 am

I really like that dress…I like the story too…kind of a weird story


What-I-Found May 8, 2009 at 9:33 am

Kind of a weird illustration. You do begin to wonder about these artists…where did they work? Were there photos of the made up garments that they worked from? Real models? How many different illustrators did this work? Was it freelance? Who were these people? And how can we find out? Invisible walls indeed.


Little Hunting Creek May 8, 2009 at 9:36 am

These look like Airship Hostess Uniforms. They must be on a break because they have removed their hats. Love the space-age pocket treatments and how that is echoed in the neckline.


CEMETARIAN We Dig Memories May 8, 2009 at 10:08 am

I personally like the simple graphics of this era…….clean simple lines without a lot of background clutter. All details are saved for the drawing without distracting palm trees in the background. It’s easy on these OLD eyes. LOLAnd I LOVE the details on this dress. Can’t wear it, but I love it.Don’t forget the 20% off sale that goes with this dress and everything else on the website.


Myra May 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

That beige one is to die for in a textured, nubby or shantung-y type fabric. Erin, you have a new challenge for us, why don’t you getit and do it up? Or if you don’t, will someone and post it? I am dying to see if it comes out like the picture. BTW, too small for me and I am too lazy toscale up that much.


wundermary May 8, 2009 at 10:55 am

The boredom is a front. These ladies are obviously hiding their superhero personae. They are pretending to be interested in walls and windows whilst they wait for something exciting to happen so that they may spring into action.


Latter-Day Flapper May 8, 2009 at 11:01 am

This one goes into the subgenre I think of as “Jetsons fashion.” Every once in awhile, you get something that has space-suit overtones and you think, “Ah, yes–the Atomic Age.”


Jen May 8, 2009 at 11:54 am

Are you sure this isn’t a 50’s version of a pole dance?


Cookie May 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Theres something wrong about the angularness of the front and the roundness of the back, as if the dress has an identity crisis. That’s so funny!MY first thought was that Blue was fiddling with some wallpaper that was coming apart at the seam.


evalyn May 8, 2009 at 3:27 pm

I, too, enjoy the clean graphic, no distracting text or background blah,blah,blah so one can concentrate on the design.It reminds me of the split screen in old Doris Day / Rock Hudson movies where he’s in bed on one side of the screen and she’s in bed on the other side (but they aren’t in bed together, you see) talking to each other on the phone.


goodworks1 May 8, 2009 at 6:14 pm

“Well, that was the shortest distance between two points.”lol and roflmaoI almost always enjoy your stories, but that has to be the funniest thing I’ve read in days! Thanks for sharing it!Elaine


Mcfilibuster May 11, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Perhaps Blue is waiting for her highly developed polygon husband to come home from work.Beige is telling stories about her grandma, who lived in an old-fashioned square house.


La BellaDonna May 13, 2009 at 6:06 pm

You know what I like? I love, in fact. I love the posture of the ladies on the envelopes! I’m not picking on anybody’s RL posture (said the woman with scoliosis and a duck’s @ass), but these women Stand Up Straight! And their dresses look better for it, too. So many of the women on current pattern envelopes look so DEFEATED; they slump, their pelvises protrude – it certainly doesn’t do the dresses any favour, that’s for sure. These women look as if they could accomplish anything they set their minds to.


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