Where the Annes Are………Butterick 5782

Sundresses. They make me think of old Yvette Mimiuex movies. When I was younger, I watched ‘Where the Boys are’ with my Father and it started a love of early 60’s movies, music and big skirted girly dresses worn with cardigans over the shoulders.
My beach summers were early evenings down the shore in a flirty summer dress. I’m not a swimwear gal- my beachtime is on a boardwalk with my pumps dangling from a pinky.


When I saw Heather hosting a summer dress event I immediately burst into song- a Connie Francis song-

Where the boys are, someone waits for me A smilin’ face, a warm embrace, two arms to hold me tenderly Where the boys are, my true love will be He’s walkin’ down some street in town and I know he’s lookin’ there for me

In the crowd of a million people I’ll find my valentine And then I’ll climb to the highest steeple and tell the world he’s mine

Till he holds me I wait impatiently Where the boys are, where the boys are Where the boys are, someone waits for me

Till he holds me I wait impatiently Where the boys are, where the boys are Where the boys are, someone waits for me

Ok, thanks for waiting while I lapsed into my personal reverie! If you haven’t seen the movie- you really must- it has it all. Paula Prentiss and Jim Hutton wooing eachother, Frank Gorshan pre-Riddler in a jazz combo. George Hamilton at his earliest level of bronzing. Oh, it’s a classic!

Oh, do you want a review of this pattern? Mmm, ok. I can do that too. But I insist on interspersing some “where the Boys are’ quotes into it for your edification and my amusement. Its Butterick 5782 and I had every intention of following this pattern and making a lovely fully-lined sundress but that bow.Floppy-ish, right? like it didn’t sit well and got rigged last minute during the shoot. This model is creating some fit issues, isn’t she? Stand up straight, Missy, Dolores Hart would!


But then I decided that I didn’t like that business at the v-neck, and that bow- still not warmed to it! It wasn’t fitting my Connie Francis imagery. So I made my own bow and scrapped that business. Other than that- I was most happy to follow these directions and all went well. I have pockets and a lovely shaped skirt that longs for a crinoline and a kitten heel. It did need a little pop- so my Mothers mouse pin saved the day.

Now, for you who are adjusting your monitors at home- this is not a solid color. I repeat, do not adjust your lighting- it is a green with black and pink specks giving it a very soft woven look. I’m still not able to cross over to solid colors, but this is very close. As close as I need to get!


‘Gentlemen, the city of Fort Lauderdale is once again under fire from the north. We’ve survived it before and I reckon we’re gonna survive it again. To you newly installed officers on the force, I’d to give you a little rundown on what to expect. Expect anything. Anything and everything cause that’s what you’re gonna get. Now, Fort Lauderdale is not the only city to be invaded at this time. In Palm Springs and in Newport, from the beaches of the Mid Atlantic to the snows of Colorado, the students of America are gathering to celebrate the rites of spring. And, if you pardon a pun, you’ve got that right. They’re our future voters, their citizens of our country, and they’re our responsibility. But how the hell to handle them, that’s a different manner. (laughter from officers) Now these kids didn’t come down here to break the law. They’ll break it for sure, but that’s not their main objective. And remember that they are our guests. So, I want every man on the force to try his best, his level best, to try to avoid arresting anyone. I know that this going to take great will power but try. And, above all preserve your scene of humor. Cause you’re gonna need it if you want to survive. And…God bless you all.’ water1

‘Experience! That’s what separates the girls from the Girl Scouts.’


‘Oh, I’ve seen the seamy side of life, my little one. It hasn’t all been beer and roses by a long shot’


‘What can be more interpersonal than Backseat Bingo?’


‘So how about I give you a bang on the pipes and we lift a few cans together?’


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