Today’s Pattern Story and Sale

by Erin on May 8, 2010


Simplicity 5662

Carla: Well, well. What have we here?

Darla: Looks like someone here is unclear on how things are run in this town, boss.

Marla: [raises chin, menacingly.]

Carla: You mean someone doesn't know that this is OUR department store, Darla?

Darla: Looks that way, boss.

[Marla's silence, is, if anything, more unnerving than the rough voices of Carla and Darla.]

Carla: I'm sure these … girls … didn't mean any harm. And I'm sure they feel so terrible about trespassing that they'd like to make it up to us, don't you think so, Darla?

Darla: Makes sense to me, boss.

Carla: So if these ladies just hand over their new lipsticks, I think we'll call it a simple misunderstanding, right, Darla?

Darla: I'm sure they'll agree, boss.

[Marla starts humming under her breath. It may or may not be the Toreador song from Carmen.]

Carla: [examines lipsticks.] Very, very nice, ladies. I commend your excellent taste, if not your senses of direction. Have a lovely day.

Today's pattern is from Sheila, at Out of the Ashes — and she's running a spring sale! Get 15% off starting tomorrow morning, April 8, with the coupon code SPRING. (All paid orders will ship Wednesday or Thursday 4/14 or 4/15.)

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Theresa April 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

Thanks! I needed some humor in my morning!

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Theresa April 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

Thanks! I needed some humor in my morning!

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Packrat April 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

Hahaha. :) I do believe my mother had this pattern.

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dulcet April 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

The way Carla and Darla are both tilting their heads the same makes me wonder if theyre at a modern art exhibit.

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Carla.clarke@yahoo.com April 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

I am going to have to memo the art department too, I look hideous in green. What were they thinking down there. Someones idea of a joke is going to cost more than a lipstick. Carla

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fiberer April 7, 2010 at 10:12 am

Im headed down to the art department now. I look hideous in green, as they well know. Was this someones idea of a joke? I prefer peach and coral!This will cost someone more than a lipstick!Carla

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Pattern Junkie April 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

The Girls in Green are powerful — they wreaked damage today over at my blog, too, coincidentally!

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Cookie April 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Im sorry to say the version with the pleats strikes me as being majorly dowdy…does anyone else agree? Eeeek. Something like a brown plaid fabric would make it even dumpier. From where I sit, it looks like a real Please Dont Notice Me pattern…MAYBE suitable for a substitute teacher. But maybe Im being too harsh?

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Packrat April 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Note to Cookie: This type of skirt was very stylish in the mid-sixties and again toward the late 1970s. The best looking ones had the top of the pleats sew down. My mom (very petite and style conscious) had a sage green suit with this type of skirt. Nothing dowdy about it – at least on her.The dowdy part would depend on the fabric and how well the skirt fit. To me it is the top that is frumpy. Just my opinion. ;)

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Cookie April 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

To me it is the top that is frumpy. Just my opinion. ;) Yes, I mean the combination of the top and the skirt together. PS: I read in a book about French couture that Chanel was the first to sew the tops of the pleats down in a skirt like that, so the hip area was more fitted. Wonder if its true? Thanks for advocating for the poor, defenseless little skirt! If only it hadnt met that top….

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Susan Fogel April 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Every time I visit your site, I feel like I may have had the pattern of the day! I sewed for myself and my mother back in the 60s. Taking a break from sewing to day, thought I would visit some sewing blogs. Yours is always a delight.

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Jan April 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Great as usual!!! hahahahahaha!

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annie April 10, 2010 at 6:02 am

Hilarious! Even better, my mothers name is Carla, and her best friend in college (in the 60s no less) was Darla! They searched for a Marla, but never found one.

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