Today’s Pattern Story and Sale: McCall’s 4598

by Erin on February 1, 2012


Pink: Does my butt look big in this?

Stripes: Oh, definitely. Big as a house. Big as two houses!

Pink: Thank goodness! 

Stripes: And I look like a cross between grandpa's pajamas, a deranged candy-striper, and a poodle, right?

Pink: You know it, girl.

Stripes: Allllll riiiiiight! We are going to pull tonight! 

Today's pattern is from Jen at MOMSPatterns — she's running a BIG SALE: 30% off all patterns at this link (not including the pattern above, which is priceless, I'm afraid). The sale runs until the end of February (or until the more than 500 patterns that are on sale are gone) and as always, free shipping on 5 or more patterns … 

As for me, I think I'll be looking for the pattern above in my size. In wide black and white stripes it will make the best "Escape from Fashion Alcatraz" costume EVER.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Serenity February 1, 2012 at 5:15 am

Is that a dress or a robe?


A Facebook User February 1, 2012 at 5:23 am

you crack me up!


Karen February 1, 2012 at 5:35 am

I believe this is what was called a housecoat. My mother always wore a pink housecoat. Yes, I’m old. –Karen


Lynn February 1, 2012 at 6:22 am

I like how some of the early patterns state a purpose – housewife blouse, afternoon skirt, secretary dress, etc. – as if women in those days couldn’t figure out on their own where or when to wear a particular garment.


Melodie February 1, 2012 at 6:50 am

I look at this pattern and think, why, just why? Was this to be an improvement on a hospital gown?


Toby Wollin February 1, 2012 at 7:07 am

1950s “Butt-bow” if I ever saw it. Horrific in a totally over the top way.


Bunnykins February 1, 2012 at 8:30 am

The Sac, the most awful garment ever conceived.


molly February 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

Do it! That would be the best costume ever, but trick or treating might be a little difficult as it looks restricting.


tuesdayrobinson February 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

I just thought I’d let you fine people know that Simplicity 5063 is for sale here

It’s not my auction. Actually, I bid on it, and then I realized it wasn’t the right size! It’s really awesome though.


Tanit-Isis Sews February 1, 2012 at 11:45 am

Ok, it makes a bit more sense if it’s a coat than a dress… is a brunch coat a coat or a dress?

… I actually think that weird pleating would be really cute on the front of a maternity dress. Maybe below an empire waist. Here… not so much.

Love the story. :)


Kat February 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Lynn: I’m pretty sure I would have no idea where to wear that without the pattern’s helpful guidance! In fact, I’m still not convinced…


Jennifer February 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

surely you know the story for this one? Please?


Jennifer February 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

also this one – the robot man in the back? Do tell!


Claudine February 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

It is rare that I see a pattern where the photo alone makes me laugh out loud.


Jennifer February 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

The Tom Lehr song about poisoning pigeons in the park is now stuck in my head. #79604 above


Karen February 2, 2012 at 8:51 am

. . .and maybe we’ll do in a squirrel or two . . .


Jamie February 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

If we women wore these dresses instead of low waisted, crack revealing, stomach-bulging-under-my-shirt denim pants, it would be a huge improvement! No matter how silly these might look, it’s a lot more complimentary than the just described uniforms of today!
If you biggen the pattern it says this is a ‘brunch coat’. See. We needed that info or we’d all still be wondering.
Life was so much more gracious….I’m 43 and I still miss the good old days!


barbara February 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

about 1958. the sac dress. pretty awful, but it was a change of style and popular for a sort time.


Susan Ator February 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

Of course to take full advantage of that butt-widening silhouette, those wide black and white stripes would NEED to be horizontal. Oh my lord.


WendyBee February 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I’m with Karen: I miss life being more gracious. I would love to have a brunch coat. Here’s how I think I would use a brunch coat. First thing on a Sunday morning, I would get up and scurry to the kitchen, and make coffee, juice, and a baked dish involving eggs and homemade bread and cinnamon(like a french toast casserole?). Once my baked dish was in the oven, I’d put my hair in hot rollers, have my bath/shower, dress in my proper undergarments, complete with hose, and then powder my nose and put on lipstick, slip into my brunch coat (with matching slippers), and then back downstairs to wash and cut fresh fruit. I’d call the family to the table, and warn them not to linger too long. After dining together, I would hie back upstairs to put on my church dress and shoes, take out my rollers, comb out and spray, refresh my lipstick, put a fresh hankie in my matching clutch, find my white gloves, and off we go (to the late service, of course!) And that is how I would use a brunch coat!


Jamie February 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Maybe I could come over Tuesday morning for coffee in my Brunch Coat?


Gale February 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Love your comments on the pattern – my sentiments exactly on the “costume” comment!


homewerk February 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Do you realize when you sat down in this thing you would be sitting on two big buttons and the side butt pleats would balloon out? But, hey, it does have me some pockets …


Patricia February 20, 2012 at 4:19 am

I like it am I weird I think it was for hairdressers to wear…..I think I remember them wearing it ,


Michelle Lee September 10, 2012 at 3:51 am

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