50’s Sunsuit Simplicity 1443

I am so excited about several new to me vintage patterns I recently acquired.  I jumped right into making this sunsuit.


Sunsuit view 4

The original pattern calls for bias edging and plastic lining.  I used muslin instead, and added a 1/4 in seam allowance.  It helped to make the leg hole just a bit bigger, by not adding the seam allowance there.  Note the elastic at the leg.  I used KAM snaps and a variety of trim options.

Inside of sunsuit


Boy version with applique and no ruffles.

Boy sunsuit

Finished sunsuit back.

Back boy sunsuit

And the girly versions!  : )

Sunsuit with shoulder ruffles, flower and red snaps

Ruffly all around body front


Someone said this was not boyish enough for boys, but they are 3 months size, so I think it is fine.  I am already working on another.  I love the sweet simplicity of this pattern.  It is very easy to make.





• Meet the Author • Debbie

I am a 50s baby and my early memories include ironing day. I love the smell of hot cotton and linen! Mamma and Grandma always sewed and ironed together, and I learned to do both while I was young. I recently started sewing baby clothes and many people commented how 'old fashioned" or vintage or retro they looked. I did not see it, but I was using patterns from the 70s as well as re-issued 50s looks. Then I started collecting vintage patterns and making the look more deliberate. I am still experimenting and trying options. The most important is that the clothes be comfy and easy to use.

5 comments… add one

  • Absolutely adorable!!!

  • I think they are all adorable! They don’t have to be all blue or camo to be for boys :) I think you did a lovely job!

  • awwwww sooo sweet :)

  • Well I love the boyish version, which is perfectly boyish in my point of view, and which a girl could easily wear as well!

  • I think it is lovely for a boy, why do things always have to be boyish or girly?


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