Blue: What’s that?
Red: It’s a bird … it’s a plane …
Blue: It’s a goddamn drone, that’s what it is.
Red: Hold on, I’ll go get my .22.
This pattern (and many, many others where the the women in the illustration are looking quizzically into the sky, ah the 1940s) is at Oldpatterns.com.
An aside: I’m really, really feeling this particular style of skirt right now. It’s a great combination of length, wearing ease, simplicity of construction, and POCKETS. It doesn’t take much in the way of yardage, either. (Here are a couple more examples.)
Amelia: So you want to oversell it. Try this: “Oh, WOE, WOE, WOE is me!”
Cecelia: And that really works? It seems … undignified.
Amelia: You’d be surprised. I’ve gotten out of two speeding tickets and a school fundraising dinner!
(Today’s pattern from Etsy seller studioGpatterns.)
Mina: “Don’t worry, sister — we’ll find the rat bastard who reassembled you with your torso back to front!”
Lena: “It could be worse — at least my feet are pointing the right way.”
Mina: “And — for a little while, at least — you won’t have to bother saying ‘Hey buddy, my eyes are up here!'”
Pattern available here.
Isabelle: So that’s what he said to me — honestly Estelle — I thought I was going to fall down laughing right then and there.
Estelle: I can’t take it!
Isabelle: Seriously I thought he was going to bust a gasket. I have never seen a man so upset in my life.
Estelle: And he really just said that? Like, out loud? Did he hear himself?
Isabelle: Totally! Right as it came out of his mouth. And then he got even madder!
Estelle: So he really, truly said “Not all men say ‘not all men'”?
Isabelle: I got it on video. I’m thinking animated .gif with a dance beat!
You can buy today’s pattern from sandritocat.
Frieda: That’s … interesting. Syncopation is not everyone’s friend.
Melba: My goodness! Her frock is … only fringe. Entirely fringe! Over no combinations! Mother is certainly going to need some sal volatile.
Evelyn: Too, too tedious, darlings. Do you know if Jimmy brought the cocaine?
(See the Vintage Pattern Wikia entry for this pattern here.)
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ANNOUNCER: Today’s elbow-wrestling contestants are Katrina Williston and Melody Gunnersdottir, both of Pleasant Prairie, Minnesota.
COLOR COMMENTATOR: So a real home-town grudge match, huh, Tom?
ANNOUNCER: Well, Bob, Pleasant Prairie has been a hotbed of elbow-wrestling since a spate of unfortunate hand amputations from thresher malfunctions back in the Great Depression. But it’s only been in the last five-ten years that women’s elbow-wrestling has been drawing such a high caliber of athletes. Melody was All-American in elbow team shuffleboard in high school, before switching to elbow-wrestling as a college freshman.
COLOR COMMENTATOR: And Katrina’s background is interesting as well, isn’t it, Tom? She’s the foreman — excuse me, foreWOMAN (laughs) — at the local poultry processing plant, is she not?
ANNOUNCER: Evidently gutting thousands of chickens an hour is a fantastic training regimen. She was the cleanup wrestler on her plant’s intramural elbow-wrestling team and her manager encouraged her to go pro.
COLOR COMMENTATOR: In fact Prairie Chicken Processors is her #1 sponsor. She has a great chicken recipe blog, viewers should check it out at KatrinaKlucks.com!
ANNOUNCER: And we’re starting the match. Melody is really taking advantage of choosing the Upper position in the coin flip. Look at that leverage!
COLOR COMMENTATOR: But these women are such showing such true sportsmanship — sorry, sportsWOMANship (laughs). Gravity may be a bitch, but these wrestlers are pure ladies.
ANNOUNCER: You said it, Bob.
[Pattern available here.]
Claudine: Move it a little more … a little more to the left.
Claudette: My left, or your left?
Claudine: Um, his left? Oh wait, he’s left. Smoke break.
Claudette: Goddamn illustrators. Bunch of nicotine fiends.
Claudine: Might as well put it down before you get dizzy from the rubber cement fumes.
[Pattern is here if you want it. Thanks to Tammy O. for the suggestion!]
“Yes, we do have one of the new robotic mannequins in stock, but I’m afraid it’s a refurbished version. It looks lovely, but thinks it is Grace Kelly. But as long as you call it ‘Your Serene Highness’, you should be fine … oh, and don’t make any sudden movements, or it will stab you with a nail file. … Hello? Hello?”
(Today’s pattern from MOMSPatterns.)
As Reginald swept her into the turn, face contorted in a rictus of merriment, he hissed a warning in her ear. “Keep dancing! For God’s sake, keep dancing! If they realize we’re released from their bizarre mind control, they’ll rend us limb from limb!”
Thanks to Josie Thames who suggested this pattern!
It was at that painful instant that the two women realized that they were trapped, trapped together in a pattern illustration for all eternity.
Pattern available from Gray Dog Vintage, here.