Yesterday saw an unexpected visit to the hospital with Bargy. Our GP advised that we might like to pack a bag just in case Bargy was to be admitted. Now being as I have never travelled anywhere lightly in my life, this put me in a bit of a spin. I spent an hour frantically jamming clothes, nappies, toiletries, toys, storybooks, drinks, chocolate and other essentials into a bag. You know how they always advise take two things out when you've finished packing? Well for good measure I threw in two Burda World of Fashion, pattern magazines.
Thankfully we were back home by the end of the afternoon. The Burdas would, however, have stood me in good stead should there have been any long periods of waiting around.
For example, I haven't yet tired of admiring this coat. I can stare at it for ages. I have been rather imagining myself heading off to the races with flowers in my hair and decked out in this coat. (We'll just call that the sleep-deprivation speaking.)
Apart from the fabulous eye-candy pictures, I do love the accompanying text. Being as I cannot speak German (which was a klein problem on that weekend by myself in Frankfurt ... but that's another story), I can never be sure whether I get the giggles from the elaborate descriptions or the translation. There are liberal references to patterns being witty, cunning and saucy, which I find most amusing.
But bordering on riotous, is the scene awaiting you in the middle of the magazines. Yes, the patterns.
Complete pandemonium: pattern pieces for various garments are printed in green, red and black atop one another; labels in four languages jostle for real estate; and the sizing is indicated by mind-bending line patterning. There are solid and broken lines. Short dashes and long. Dots and circles. And every permutation of these possible. (The scene is rivalled only by this out-of-print treasure).
To be honest, if you worry about me misguidedly heading off to the races, dressed twenty-years too young and shoe-horned into a petite-cut coat - don't. You can rest assured that I will never get my head around tracing off that saucy green dot-dot-dash line.