I made a new playsuit!
I’ve been wanting to make another playsuit in fun colors ever since last summer’s adventure, and when I saw a watermelon print fabric at Joann’s I snapped up the last few yards that were left on the bolt.
I ended up compiling four patterns to get the basic pieces: Simplicity 4395 and Vogue 3282 for the bodice and Simplicity 3688 and Butterick 7761 for the shorts. I also put together a simple dirndl skirt without a pattern.
I’m super pleased with how it came out… I really like the high waisted shorts, and the watermelon fabric is such fun. I even made a little matching belt out of an old cheapy kid’s belt from Target. It’s a little messy, but it will do for now. I’ll definitely make the shorts again, although I may lengthen the inseam a smidgen! I’m also thinking of making another top option out of my remaining watermelon fabric & opinions on that would be awesome.
More pictures of the play version, the dress version, and the construction details can be found on my blog!
I’m (mostly) happy with how this dress project turned out. I had just enough fabric from a friend to squeak it out, and it’s still not totally done (it’s missing a hook and eye and one dang button), but I’m pretty pleased.
The main problem I had was that once I’d gotten the whole dress together, nothing I did would convince the collar to look like the pattern picture! I ended up folding it over and tacking it down instead, and I can see now that I need to tack it down a little further, because it got pretty rumpled in the test wearing. I’d really like to make the view with the front scallop detail once the weather warms up a bit… at least that one has a straightforward neckline.
More pictures and babbling on my blog. And, uh, if anyone sees another green heart button like these, let me know, will you? I’ve only got six, and I need seven.
When my fiance and I moved to Massachusetts for school, I knew that one thing I wanted to purchase or make was a very warm housecoat. I’d purchase the pattern for Butterick 7461 last summer and made the shorter version out of a kimono that my mother and I made while I was in junior high, and the fit and style were great and the pattern was quick and easy (like it says on the package!) so I figured it would be perfect for making a longer housecoat.
I procrastinated on the hand finishing for ages, but… it’s DONE!! And I love it to bits and wear it constantly. For more construction details and lots more pictures, keep reading…
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Hello! I haven’t posted in a good while, but now that summer is, sigh, on its way out… I figured I ought to stop waiting to get “the perfect pictures” and share my summer sewing project.
Since I couldn’t find (or afford!) the real deal, I was on a quest to create a 1940s/50s -inspired playsuit. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to the brainstorming process (plus more on my sewing board before I realized that things were getting out of hand…), but what inspired me most were these “Weekend Wardrobe” sets that Charlotte of Tuppence Ha’penny posted about here.
I have a million pictures, and I could not make my mind up about which ones to include, so I’m going to put the rest of them and the rest of my shpeal behind a cut here so that I don’t take up the whole page! [click to continue…]