Remember just last week when I suggested that Simplicity 1617 here was a prime example of The Pajama Problem? That the poor illustrator, perplexed at having to visually explain why two men were in PJs together, made it into a virtual horror movie -- what with Stripes and his missing eye and different colored hands?
Lo and behold, a few days ago I was going through patterns to list in my etsy shop and I found this very same pattern! It was then that I discovered that some of my conclusions were quite wrong -- the mismatched hands and missing eye are the result of aged paper, not illustrator madness See? Here's my copy:
Stripes isn't missing an eye -- both of his eyes are closed. And I can't believe that I missed the golf club in his right hand! For some reason the stripes on his pajamas show through it -- is it clear? Invisible?
So, dear readers, I must revise my earlier interpretation. White isn't in the middle of performing horrible medical experiments on Stripes. And, of course, there's a perfectly logical reason why these men are in pajamas together. Stripes is sleepwalking (hence the closed eyes) and has wandered into White's house, disturbing him as he's reading. Furthermore, I'm pretty sure Stripes is dreaming about golf -- that's why the club blends so perfectly with his pajamas.
This mixup of mine calls for a mea culpa in the form of a PATTERN GIVEAWAY, so let me know what you think! Is there another explanation for what's going on here? Leave your answer in the comments -- you have until Sunday night, 2/21/10, midnight PST, and the pajama pattern is yours!