This Week’s Pattern Story (and interview)

by Erin on May 20, 2009

McCalls 8468

Daughter: Ooh, look, Mummy, over there. Isn't he dreamy?

Mother: Haven't I told you not to use that terrible slang? But, hmm. "Dreamy" may be apt, in this case.

Daughter: Can you get the majordomo to introduce us?

Mother: Certainly not. Only pitiful and desperate women need the services of the majordomo, dear. Besides, you have to tip him so much. If I can't get that man to come over here and introduce himself before the band finishes this song through pure application of my feminine wiles, I'll eat my hat.

Daughter: But, Mummy, you're not wearing a hat.

Mother: I'll eat YOUR hat. It doesn't go with your dress, anyway.

(Today's pattern is from Rita. You can find it here.)

Oh, and the lovely Sarah at Pink of Perfection put up a nice interview with me the other day — it's here if you want to read it!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

wundermary May 20, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Is that a bath tub in the back ground?


Trudy Callan May 20, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I love the slanted pintucks, or whatever you call


Cookie May 20, 2009 at 5:51 pm

That dress could TOTALLY go fauxlero. Navy blue with hanging pleats on top, white below.


Rachel May 20, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I can’t help but wonder what happened to Daddy…


Theresa May 20, 2009 at 9:11 pm

The Mother ate him,Rachel


Otherwise known as Jen May 20, 2009 at 9:48 pm

OMG but I love your stories! You are too wicked 😉


*Sandra* May 20, 2009 at 10:15 pm

How *do* you think of them, Erin? And what’s with wearing one glove and holding the other? Was that some sort of etiquette thing, or was it because of the rock on the right hand (presumably from the most recent broken engagement)?


indigotangerine May 21, 2009 at 1:04 am

these pattern stories are totally the best, plus i always love vintage illustrations.The mother looks like she is about to smack someone with her glove-indigo


Anonymous May 21, 2009 at 4:06 am

i just love these old patterns. those dresses had some class and style to them. wish we had them reproduced for today – but all i find are the repros from my high school days, and that’s a real trip. thank you erin for the entertainment. how did the fabric swap go? any pictures? did you get anything wowza?


mymaterialvoid May 21, 2009 at 5:58 am

loved your interview……you inspire me to be happy 😀


Jan E May 21, 2009 at 8:16 am

What I don’t get is their waists. Talk about an unreachable ideal that makes one feel wholly inadequate. Gee whiz. Maybe the daughter was adopted. Few women who ever had a kid remain wasp-waisted.As for the gloves. I think Maw is teaching DD how to swat the hired help with aplomb.


Rachel May 21, 2009 at 9:08 am

Re: the gloves: Lemonade stains a la Little Women?And the waists: A diet of men’s souls is low in fat!


Melissa May 21, 2009 at 9:19 am

They each have a glove off because they’re about to challenge each other to a duel over who has the pointier dress.Their choice of weapons? Pointy dresses.

Reply May 21, 2009 at 9:39 am

Good answer to the Maryanne/Ginger question. Really good answer.


Monique in TX May 21, 2009 at 10:53 am

Neither of these women looks as if she has ever eaten ANYTHING.


evalyn May 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm

They don’t eat, my dear. They drink champagne and smoke cigarettes while trolling for rich men on cruise ships between New York and Gibralter.


evalyn May 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm

But I love the dress, esp the chiffon over a slip-dress version. Whatever happened to Style?


Melissa May 21, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Also, women wore some pretty industrial-strength underwares back then.


emilyjayne May 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I so want one of those in charcoal for work, I can imagine clinching some serious business deals!


Jessica / Lola Vintage Clothing May 31, 2009 at 11:04 pm

that polkadot dress is stunning, I would buy it in a heartbeat!


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