Butterick 3161, Young Junior/Teen Swimsuit & Cover-Up,
Butterick Pattern Service, no publish date. I’m guessing 1970’s based on the low waistline and low leg-line of the bathing suit bottoms.
Suggested fabrics are listed as “Gingham, Terry, Pique, Knits and Seersucker also Eyelet for Cover-Up.”
Which I only quote to point out the interesting: no Lycra, no Oxford comma. Also no comma after Seersucker, it’s like the narrative rushes through that last part, like “Knits and Seersucker-also-Eyelet-for-Cover-Up-but-let’s-not-even-talk-about-that-let’s-move-on.” Butterick, are you feeling insecure about that suggestion? Are you ashamed of eyelet? Also: terry cloth?? I hope that suggestion is meant for the cover-up too, I mean terry seems like a bad, overly absorbent idea for swimming.
But none of that is the point, I didn’t make the suit.
I found this plaid pencil-skirt on the clearance rack at The Gap, too big for me but it was like $1 so I bought it for fabric. Later I did that thing I sometimes do where I refuse to believe that I can’t fit an entire garment out of a way way way too small piece of fabric while also matching the plaids.
I mean, I figured I was in for a shrug, but I wasnt really anticipating this level of shruginess:
Oh right, also it has kitty ears. It’s really nicely made, matched, it’s lined with a really yummy washed silk charmeuse, it’s just…pointless and impossible.
I’ve thought over many different ways to save this insane little kitty-cat shrug:
- Attach it to a cardigan.
- Attach it to a zippered jacket.
- Attach it to a severely tailored suit jacket for a fun contrast in genres.
- Attach elastic “holder” type things at the armsceye seams to secure it under the arms.
- Just wear it like it is.
No no no no no! It’s not worth the heartache of opening up any part of it.
The only thing I see worth doing with it is at this point is putting on a strapless dress and photographing it like I’m some kind of kitty of mystery.
Sew It Or Throw It:
This is one of those rare ones where I’m going to Throw the garment, but keep the pattern. Maybe someday it’ll be a Sew. Meanwhile, this kitty fail might become a Kitty Success in some kid’s dress up box somewhere. Hopefully. Appreciate that charmeuse, kid!
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