What's Up, Buttercup?


Butterick 3548

Now, usually I'm a fan of the florals. I like flowers (and puppies, and babies, and long walks on the beach …) but I like them in their place. Not as the place. This dress gives me Day of the Triffids flashbacks, which are not good things to have.

Of course, it's technically not a dress, but a beach coverup (which explains the barefooted model, if not her biceps bracelet; nothing short of enslavement by Jabba the Hut explains the biceps bracelet). Perhaps the petaled hat (and petaled cape collar) keeps out the sun (and gives you REALLY odd tan lines).

I like how the full-on daisy on the left is labeled "JUNIORS" while the yellow version, ostensibly more sedate, is labeled "MISSES". Yes, you need this guidance, because heaven forbid you dress up as a TOO-YOUNG Giant Flower. A scandalized hiss would run through the cabanas!

Thanks to Stacie for the link … the pattern is from Etsy seller joules (and has already sold, but she has OTHER patterns …)

0 thoughts on “What's Up, Buttercup?

  1. This would work as a costume for one of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but beyond that, I can’t imagine anyone actually wearing it.

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  2. I love how the Misses’ version has the more sedate, monochrome flower hat, signifying how much more mature the wearer is than the goofy Junior in her bi-color hat. I mean, really! Only babies wear flower petal hats with TWO colors of fabric.I do find the pattern cute in a way I can’t explain, though.

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  3. Hmph. Certain bellydancers would argue your stance on bicep bracelets. =DBut I’m with you on the triffids comparison. *shudder* For a moment, I thought (hoped?) that this was a Halloween costume.

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  4. That just might be the worst hat ever. It looks like she has a banana peel draped over her head. She can’t possibly see where she’s going; she’ll end up putting her eye out on a beach umbrella, or walking off the end of the pier.

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  5. After all is said and done, it is cute. Having grown up in the 60’s, I can see this walking down the beach…thankfully on someone else! I’d take this dress anyday over ON’s jumpsuit hotpants even with the hat!

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  6. Maybe I’m in a weird state from running out of hot water during my shower this morning, but I actually really like the junior dress. I agree about the hats, but the dress I like.

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  7. Back in the “olden days” there was actually a classification known as “Junior Miss”. The dress is cute – my sister made one of these but would not wear the hat. She wore it to school – not as a “cover-up”.

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  8. Holy cow! My mom had that pattern! I remember that she made the scalloped-hem version (for herself) out of white pique, and put a dark blue binding around the neck and armholes. She even added a patch pocket, also outlined in blue binding. I coveted that dress fiercely. It was really cute, and so was she. She was about 27 and we lived in Hawaii, so it wasn’t all that out of place. Of course, she didn’t make the hat (shudder).

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  9. I like the yellow dress but would never consider making the hat!! I sewed a lot in the 60s and remember some of these types of dresses. I never made the outlandish ones!

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  10. I’m not a dressmaker and the only thing I’ve ever made is a blanket w/my mom when I was 9 and even straight seams overwhelmed me but even if I never become an accomplished seamstress, your posts are hilarious!

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  11. a cute little sunburn-preventive number for a small child, bring it on! this is the cutest! and probably great for walking along the beach looking for shells and sea glass, no sun or glare through those petals!

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  12. Another perfect outfit for wear at reference desk.Including the hat.I dare say no librarian patron would bother a librarian wearing that get up; blog reading could be enjoyed for hours at a time.

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  13. Oh. My. Word.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!Sorry…had to get that out. Golly, I think I’ll pass on that pattern…

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  14. *first time commenting, even though I’ve been reading for about a year*A dress for the beach party… on Halloween…? O_o;;Really, even I wouldn’t want to look like a banana suit reject… and I’ve been known to wear some crazy stuff. -_-;;

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  15. One wearing of the yellow outfit and you’re known as “Bananahead” forever. It might be fun to poof breaths out constantly and play with the banana peels, but only if you’ve totally run out of other things to do.

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