Friends, this has been a very good week for me, sewing-wise. Or rather, sewing stuff-wise.
First, the Singer featherweight. Then, the fabulous vintage sewing book. Finally today -- well, you'll see!
|Sly Debi Fry|
Remember how I gave Debi Fry that tattered old 1940 swimsuit pattern to help her complete her 1940 McCall's Project? Oh, readers, what you don't know is that it was full of what looked like ancient moth larvae and smelled like Tallulah Bankhead's old ashtray. And let's face it, that pattern is...I don't know. Show up in that striped number with the little bow in your hair and you'd get sand kicked in your face for sure.
And yet Debi wanted it, go figure!
Readers, remember in The Sound of Music, when Maria first arrives at the Von Trapps', the children do all kinds of evil things to her like put toads on her chair and rubber snakes in her bed? However, rather than scold them in front of the Captain, she cleverly thanks them at dinner for making her feel so welcome, which ends up reducing the guilt-ridden little fiends to tears and they love her from that day forward?
Well, I think that's just the kind of trick Debi is playing on me. I send her, well, that sorry old pattern, and she sends me absolute gems in return, just to show me the error of my ways and make me feel bad. She even gift-wrapped her package and included a lovely personal note, while I mailed my pattern in a recycled envelope that may or may not have had a chili stain on it.
As if that weren't enough to make me feel worse than Brigitta, Marta and Gretl combined, Debi ALSO sends me this fabulous McCall's magazine from 1941, bursting with articles, ads, and sumptuous McCall pattern illustrations.
Parenthetically, I am a glutton for vintage women's magazine fiction, and there are some hoots here, like "No Thief Can Steal My Love" by Norma Patterson, and "Money Isn't Everything" by Elizabeth Troy.
Finally, look at these pattern illustrations:
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In closing, do you agree that Debi's ultimate goal is likely to gain possession of my latest Singer featherweight, or is she -- could it be possible? -- merely a sweet and generous person?
Should I one-up her and send her all my vintage patterns, just to make her feel bad? Strategy, I need strategy!
Have a great day, everybody!