This Week’s Pattern Story (and sale)

by Erin on May 15, 2009

Simplicity 3893

Jimmy: Why am I in this dress, again?

Janie: Because it's a movie, doofus. This kind of stuff happens in movies. You want to get into someplace that's all-girls, and I just *happen* to have a dress (and shoes!) that fit you perfectly, despite us being completely different sizes.

Jimmy: Why did I want to come with you?

Janie: Do I have to do everything in this plot? Am in voiceover right now? Do I have a name badge that says "Ask me to provide exposition?"

Jimmy: No, really, I don't know.

Janie: (heavy sigh) See that girl behind me? You loooooove her. Despite the fact that she can't accessorize.

Jimmy: Oh, okay. Thanks.


Jimmy: All right, what do we do now?

Janie: Count to three, then duck before the explosion. When the rubble clears, go help her up. Then kiss.

Jimmy: I just want to be sure I have this straight. Kiss HER, right?

Janie: Next time I want to be in a werewolf movie.

[This pattern — and a lot of other lovely ones! — is on sale today and tomorrow at Sandritocat's Etsy shop! 20%, plus she offers free shipping with three or more patterns. Mention "20% off sale" in the notes section and then either wait for a revised invoice, or Sandra will refund the difference through Paypal. Enjoy!]

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

mickey May 15, 2009 at 8:58 am

Tentatively titled “How to Win Friends and Re-invent Muu-Muus”?


Melissa May 15, 2009 at 9:58 am

Aside from the dresses, those girls are surprisingly modern-looking.


wundermary May 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

Werewolf movie! I had the 70’s version of this pattern made up in several fabrics, it was nice.


Theresa May 15, 2009 at 10:10 am

Those are very mannish lookinggirls.More progressive pattern illustrators, do you think Cookie?Or may be the artist was living a lie like Salvatore on Mad Men?


Joni May 15, 2009 at 11:03 am

I wouldn’t commit MURDER for a patent leather belt with a bunch of flowers on it, but maybe one of the lesser felonies…


Jen May 15, 2009 at 11:17 am

These dresses are very Claire McCardell…..especiallly if made up in a plaid cut on the bias.


Anonymous May 15, 2009 at 11:48 am



lsaspacey May 15, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Jen,You mean like this? I was just thinking, ‘Hey I have a pattern just like this one,’ when I read your comment. That’s exactly why I wanted to make it so bad, because it reminded me of McCardell and her easy casual dresses.


Theresa May 15, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Isaspacey – taht is so cute and Modern! I love it!


Trudy Callan May 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Thanks for the headsup on the pattern


indigotangerine May 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm

i’m sure she’d love to have a boy in a dress kiss her…-indigo


*Sandra* May 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm

:) I can take a joke 😉


Sarah May 17, 2009 at 7:41 am

I have this very pattern! from my mom’s collection. Don’t think I’ve ever made it myself…


Cookie May 18, 2009 at 1:41 pm

The genius of these fashion illustrations is they make every single think look cute! I was so jelous when I just read Sarah has this pattern….and had to remind myself the finished dress might be a completely different thing. (Go to if you wonder what I mean. It is a SHOCKING wakeup call.) I think we need a site that shows a pattern pic, followed by shots of the actual dress made by beginner, intermediate, and then advanced sewists. Would be fascinating!


Theresa May 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Good idea cookie!Ok…other ADAD readers… I am goign to Boston, well Woburn, Thursday. I am staying at a hotel on Unicorn Road…Can anyone point me to fabric and/or vintage stores that will be esy for me to find…and worth the trip?I would really appreciate it!


Cookie May 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Golly, Theresa…it’s been so long since I was in Boston! But there were some good places when I lived there. 1 is in Cambridge. The Beacon Hill Thrift Shop (quite smallish) has odd hours, but is on practically the first block of Charles Street, off the Public Garden. Good for preppie knicknacks and the odd sweater. I got a good Brooks Brothers suit there, once. I’ll try to find out the name of the Cambridge place.


Theresa May 18, 2009 at 9:18 pm

thanks cookie. This is the first Boston for me. I am going to be a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding.


sandritocat May 18, 2009 at 9:57 pm

I had several inquires about that pattern and I knew I had another somewhere and I found it. It is a size 12 and I just listed it.Sandra ~ Sandritocat


Anonymous May 19, 2009 at 5:57 am

Cookie; “the finished dress might be a completely different thing(Go to if you wonder what I mean. It is a SHOCKING wakeup call.) “Oh! Aaaargh!!! More horrible revelations, please, Cookie. It’s So ghastly I’ve just gotta see more.


Latter-Day Flapper May 19, 2009 at 10:43 am

Cookie–that’s what the gallery section of the Vintage Patterns wiki is for. I always chop my head off [in the photo, that is] when I post finished-product pix, both for privacy reasons and in case the pattern looks awful/makes me look like a blimp/has other undesirable aesthetic effects.


Cookie May 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Oh! Aaaargh!!!…So ghastly… I know, you look at the illustration and thing, “Cool! Why, I might even elope in that and get married under a tree, somewhere!” Then you look at the actual DRESS, and it looks like a vintage hospital smock or something! Cookie–thats what the gallery section of the Vintage Patterns wiki is for. Yes, I will have to investigate that feature! Thanks. Also, the patternreview site has a lot of options for researching a pattern that’s REALLY helpful!Theresa: You will like Boston, and this is a nice time of year to be there! Back Bay and Brookline are the neatest parts, I think. I will email my friend who still lives there and try to find some thrift shops for you.


Theresa May 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Awesome! Thanks Coookie. When my daughter moves to California, I’m going ot visit and take you to lunch…and then we will go shopping.


Cookie May 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Oh how fabulous!!!!!!! Can’t wait!


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