It’s my first post here at WeSewRetro, though I have been a frequent visitor the past few months. This site is one of the reasons I’ve taken up sewing! As you might see from the pictures below, I’m a beginner. I’ve always liked to sew and create stuff, but lately been uninspired and, more importantly, sewing machine-less until very recently.
The playsuit I’ve made was just in time for summer! I’m about to spend a few weeks in my home country of Sweden, and I hope this number will help lure the sun out!
The fabric is a cotton, and in its previous life it was a rather unattractive long, straight skirt. I had been eyeing the fabric for a long time in an op shop window close to my place, thinking I really liked the summery colours. It was about €4, quite a good price, and as soon as I’d bought it and got it home I started planning how to make it into a 50’s style playsuit..
Folded, waiting for it’s own place in my suitcase..
And here it is, in all it’s.. ahem.. glory. I had to open the curtains to catch some of the last rays of the day, for the picture.
The inspiration came from a picture I saw on Etsy, but being sans pattern, I had to make one up myself. The top should really have a ‘fold over piece’ which would make it much more elegant. I have been considering looking for a blue cotton to match the blue flowers, to add that detail, or add some ruffles or something to make it a bit more interesting, and to add some volume to my not-so-busty figure.
The priority for me was that I wanted a full skirt (I’m such a sucker for full skirts!), and then the top was made of whatever facric was left. I ended up with about 5×10 cm scraps when I was finished, so it was really just enough! I opted for hidden buttons in the skirt, as the print is already very busy. I will probably add something to the top instead, to make it ‘pop’ a bit more.
The back of the top. A bit crooked in places. Or all. But still turned out ok for hot days by the lake. I can’t wait!
I really liked making this play suit, and I will definitely be wearing it a lot this summer, in the country side with a scarf on my head, and maybe a pair of white vintage shades..
This little project has really refueled my interest in sewing, and I have a lot of inspiration. And much of that thanks to all of you lovely ladies and gentlemen who post you creations for me to gasp at! What are you sewing for the summer? I look forward to your feedback!
Until next time,