belleclara

I finally finished my playsuit, just in time for the end of summer! I used McCall’s 6331
I actually wanted to make a matching skirt to make it a vintage inspired playsuit ensemble.
I switched out the zipper closure in the pattern for bound buttonholes.

The blue and white polka dot fabric was super shear so I underlined the whole thing with lightweight white cotton. the bodice is additionally lined with a solid blue cotton that matches the polka dots, causing the overturned pieces on the bodice to contrast.

I think I can still wear my playsuit as long as it is still warm out (which it is).

Way more info about the making of this and this on my blog, Belle Clara

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Hello We Sew-Retro!

I am making some bound buttonholes for a project I am working on right now, so I was looking through my vintage sewing books and noticed there are many methods for making them. I was surprised because I have always seen the same method in modern patterns and tutorials. I decided to demonstrate a few methods and put together a tutorial as well as my thoughts on each. You can find it here.

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I made this dress from Simplicity 6555 which dates from 1966. I used a vintage double knit polyester I purchased on eBay.

I decided to hand picked a vintage metal zipper. (Why don’t they make met zipper anymore, they seem so much better?) because hand stitching virtually disappears in this fabric. The stitching on the zipper, sleeves and hem are completely hidden.


I also bias bound the sleeves with some lighter weight fabric from a previous project, as the fabric was bulky and I didn’t want to add any extra bulk. I used seam tape to bind the waistline seam / stay the waist after I tried on the dress and realized the waist seam allowance was making the waist seam stick out, despite being pressed.

I am very happy with how it turned out. I feel like Jackie O. in this dress. I am especially in love with the cut of the bodice and the interesting seaming.

Much more info here

 

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