“Oh sweetie, don’t mind those silly boys’ laughter, they’re just having a bit of good-natured fun, after all. No, I don’t feel like drawing the window curtain closed right now; I need as much natural sunlight as possible in order to see better in detail. I don’t mind at all if they watch, so neither should you. Just relax and hold still since all of this hemming is going to take a while. The more you squirm in embarrassment, the longer this will take, and the bigger your audience will grow, so KEEP STILL whydontcha.”
“Oh, and I’ll need to see the effect of the full outfit with all of it’s individual elements, so as soon as I’ve hemmed you, I’ll fetch the matching purse, fan, parasol, hat, and gloves. I’ll have you pose with them, and maybe even film you sashaying across the room and doing a runway model’s turn, then come back and strike some more poses. I’ll take some photos to mark this project’s progress for the benefit of the woman I’m making the dress for – you know, your boss’s young trophy wife.”
“Now don’t be like that. She’s paying us a tidy sum of money, and besides, you don’t want her – and by extension your boss – to be angry if this isn’t finished in time. Now this strapless sunburst yellow cotillion gown you have on is going to be tea length so you can keep your own shoes on for now, but a little later on when I put you in the full-length pale pink hostess gown, I’m going to need you to wear the dyed-to-match pumps that go with it so that I get the hem just right. You and her are the same height, same shoe size, and even run about the same dress size, since very few men are as skinny as you. Lucky, huh?”
“I swear Georgie, I won’t say this again! For the last time, just hush up, ignore them, and take their joshing and razzing like a man, or else I’m painting your toenails, putting you in housedresses, and cutting off all sex! I’m DEADLY serious! Sticks and stones, you know – and besides, you look sooooo cute when they make you blush! It really is kind of funny when you stop and think about it. You look so silly, yet so adorably cute at the same time.”
Patti’s comment on Her Dressmakers Dummy
Originally posted 2014-08-03 11:43:53.