Ah! Some Monday morning eye candy to go with your coffee:
Isn't McCall's 8509 divine? I usually don't use words like "divine," but that's really the best adjective for this dress. The petals folding away from the bust! The wiggle skirt! The flowing overskirt!
I know the women's studies side of my brain could come up with a good critique of this dress: how it presents its wearer as a flower to be picked (and wrapped up like a gift to boot!). As fascinating as that discussion would be, I can't get past my simple reptile brain response: pretty! Pretty! Pretty! Want! Want! Want!
Unfortunately, the usually-informative Vintage Sewing Patterns Wiki doesn't have the official description for this pattern. I'd love to get a better idea of how those curling petals are formed -- boning? Heavy duty interfacing? What do you think?