Vintage Playsuit Sew-Along

I participated in the Vintage Playsuit Sew-Along hosted by Stephanie over at The Girl With the Star-Spangled Heart. I’m a few days behind on the final playsuit posts because I ran into a few technical issues (first my iron died and then my skirt was too small and had to be fixed), but I finally have all four pieces finished and photographed. I’ve shown you all the patterns before, so I won’t go into much of that today; it’s pretty much be a photo post, but I will explain a little about this skirt. The pattern illustration indicates that this is a fairly full, A-line garment. Let me tell ya. It’s not. At all. The skirt actually turned out looking a whole lot more 70s than 40s. It’s a super narrow A-line, and that plus the mid-calf length really make me feel like I need to part my hair in the center, go braless, and carry a macrame bag. That being said, I do still like the skirt, it’s just not quite what I had originally planned on. The other issue, was that despite all the pattern measurements and everything checking out, the skirt was entirely too snug, causing pulling at the pockets and the button placket over my stomach, not to mention the lack of room in the waist. Not appropriate for pizza feasts, this one. I had already done a lot of the finishing and really wasn’t looking forward to taking everything apart and recutting the waistband, etc, so what I ended up doing was adding a placket extension to the underlap in order to give myself some room to shift the buttons over. That made a huge difference. I also had to shift the buttonhole placement quite a bit so that I wasn’t getting the gapping across my stomach that was happening with the original placement. Despite the issues, I’m pretty happy with the end result, and it will work well with all of my solid t-shirts/camisoles and sweaters as well. So here it is, followed by the other three pieces.

 

 

 

For more information about the patterns I used, along with a few more pictures of the garments themselves, the previous two posts about the sew-along can be found here and here.

 

-Evie

 

• Meet the Author • Evie


I'm a spanish teaching, classic movie loving, fabric hoarding, yarn coveting, chicken keeping bibliophile, and mother to a beautiful, wild little boy, with too many projects and nowhere near enough time to finish them all. Sewing and knitting are what help keep me sane.


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6 comments… add one

  • Wow!! Very pretty!!

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  • The bra top in is spectacular. All the pieces are! Wonderful work.

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  • Omigoodness that set with the bra top and shorts are absolutely adorable. I love the shape it has at the top.

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  • Love the bra top and fabric choice. Your sewing looks immaculate.

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  • That bra top–amazing! As the others have said, all four pieces look great. And the skirt shows no signs of having had to be fixed–well done!

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  • Wow, I love that bustier top with the flared shorts!

    About the skirt… I understand your issues with the look. I’ve expected for a while that a lot of 1940’s skirts might be narrower than the pattern illustrations suggest because the amount of fabric required for many patterns from that era is surprisingly modest. Of course, in the war years, fabric was rationed just about everywhere in the world and this rationing continued in the UK and many other European countries until 1950. So, it made sense to keep skirts slim.

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