Vintage Sewing

A Playsuit for Tiki Nights

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year everyone! I have been dying to sew a playsuit for our insanely hot summers, and I finally bit the bullet and cut into this cute retro quilting fabric I have been hoarding. I used a vintage McCalls pattern for a bathing suit that I bought years ago in Hobart, but left off the gathering on the legs for a more flattering look. I also added some straps for ease of wear. Apart from the twenty four (!) darts in the bodice, it all went together really fast. And so comfy! I can definitely see myself wearing playsuits more often.


Isn’t that beach coat cute as well? Imagine wearing this in the ocean – stiff cotton with many layers – you would get waterlogged very quickly I think! Oh, and lets not forget the boning in the bodice! There are more photos and details to be found on my blog, Whipstitch Sewing. Thanks for looking! xoxo

  1. I love it! It looks spectacular on you. I can't believe there are 24 darts in the waist. I love the trim details on the coat as well. Great job!

  2. Do you find it rides up? I had some very comfortable playsuits/jumpsuits as a kid, but the best ones were in knit fabric – the wovens tended to give wedgies ;). If it was just a fitting issue, I'd gladly revisit the style!

  3. knitsnwovens – no it doesn't ride up… but it is fairly loose fitting, which might help. Also, I made sure that the shoulder straps weren't too tight – no wedgies please!! I would like to try a knit fabric playsuit one day, though.

  4. I love using quilting fabric! The patterns are so pretty that I've made a skirt, belt, dress and top out of different kinds. This playsuit is adorable!

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