1940s

I love vintage playsuits, especially ones with qwirky novelty prints!

So I made up this playsuit in this darling crab print!

It’s a mish-mash of a 40s skirt, a 30s bolero and a modern blouse.

And it was perfect for my recent trip to Florida! :D

Do you love playsuits? I’ve got more photos over on my blog.

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A few years ago I got a beautiful skirt as a present that was 40s/50s inspired and had a high waist and was buttoned at the front (it was likely inspired by skirts like thisthisthis and this). I loved this skirt a lot and literally wore it to death and intended to sew a similar skirt ever since. I did not use a pattern for this project as it consists of only three rectangular parts – a waistband with iron on interfacing, a large piece of fabric that is gathered at the sides and the back and a button border. I also used lots of Ric-Rac trim – it was a bit annoying to sew it on but I always wanted to try out this technique and really adore how it looks like. I added another piece of fabric to the hem to show of the rid-rac trim even more (I also like the slightly lower hemline better). As I had been looking for a beige skirt for ages I used a beige cotton that wrinkles a bit but not too much. The buttons are also beige and have a pretty moiré pattern.

As usual you can find a few more details and photographs on my blog, Draped in Cloudlets!

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Handmade Vintage Dress
This dress was the first item of clothing I made, with the exception of the few things I made during Textiles class at school (I remember an awful fleece hat in particular…). I didn’t make things easy for myself by starting with an original 1940s Marian Martin sewing pattern (9049)!
Sewing Pattern Marian Martin 1940s (9049)
I made this dress while I was still at University studying for my undergraduate degree (BA English as it happens) approximately eight years ago, but pretty much never wore it as the original length (ankle length) didn’t really suit me. When I rediscovered the dress in the attic last year I lopped a big chunk off the skirt to get to the current length. Much more my style:)
Handmade Dress from Marian Martin 1940s Sewing Pattern (9049)
This week (spurred on by me made May) I finally got around to tidying up the hem and redoing the buttonholes (which were frankly awful, tut tut Charlotte of 8 years ago). Now I can finally get some wear out of my new-old dress!
Handmade Dress from Marian Martin 1940s Sewing Pattern (9049)
I love the pleated front and the awesome roomy pockets. The dress is worn below with my Brigitte Scarf from Tilly Walnes’ Love at First Stitch.
I’d love to see you over on my blog English Girl at Home.
Handmade Vintage Dress

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Hi! Its me again. Okay, long story short, I made a playsuit/jumper/sunsuit. Its cute. See?

 

 

Slight problem though. Without the creative scrunching of fabric, well…

Its a box. A cute box but still.

Im an Apple shape and so if you put a box on a box its… well a box. From head on the playsuit is charming, probably due to the adorable heartshaped thing I’ve got going. But from the side the line from the , er… biggest point of my bust falls straight to the biggest point of my belly in a straight line. I need to emphasize my underbust line which is the smallest point of my body and keeps me from looking well…

Heres an image In Production which highlights the problem:

 

 

Any advice? I’ve played with darts but its not achieving the VaVaVOOM that I know I possess. (After all, I buy the bras lol)

I intend to wear it with a skirt and a bolero a La:

 

 

Thank you!

http://pleasantlymalformed.blogspot.com/2014/05/mccalls-6969.html (The post about the Playsuit)

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