I won this pattern a little while ago in a competition run by the lovely Stacey Stitch, and wanted to make the jumpsuit as soon as I saw it:
I used a poly cotton gaberdine and came up with this version:
I made a few adjustments, specifically adding a waist seam with elastic, and slanted pockets at the front. To see some more details head over to my blog, NicoleNeedles.
I’m back with a pinafore dress I’ve made using various patterns and ideas. I’m quite pleased with it and hope you like it too?
Apologies for the back photo first – I’m having problems getting photos into the right place on here?
Anyway… I used 5 different pattern pieces from 5 different patterns to make this dress. The back bodice is from a 1960′s pinafore/jumper dress I loaded onto here recently. The front bodice top piece is from a purple 1960′s dress I posted too. The midriff section is from a 1950′s dress that I drafted the pattern from. The front skirt is from a pencil skirt I drafted and the back skirt is a half circle pattern I just chalked onto the fabric and cut out.
I wanted to play with the check pattern on the fabric and see how it turned out.
I added self made black piping to bring attention to the waist and midriff part. There is an invisible zip on the side and I fully lined this dress.
Some of you may recognise me and this fabric from a circle skirt I posted recently. In the shop I asked for 2 metres hoping there was enough on the roll. As it happened there was about 2 and a half metres on the roll and the shop gave me the extra half metre for free as it was the end. Happy days! That is how I managed to get a dress and a skirt out of the same length
As soon as I received this groovy 1960s psychedelic nylon in a package from a dear blogging friend I knew it would be the perfect for making up into a festival playsuit (or “pantdress”, as it’s called on the pattern envelope).
The 1967 pattern is a MacCall’s 8978- a gift from another generous blogging friend. It fastens at the back with a metal zip I’d rescued from a ruined dress I’d bought from a jumble sale.
Although I did make the pockets I wasn’t keen on how they looked once they were attached so I promptly unpicked them and relegated them to the patchwork pile.
The playsuit got it’s first outing at Glastonbury 2013 on the only wet night, worn under a 1960s white fake fur coat with my trusty vintage high heeled wellies.
I am so freaking excited to finally be able to share this outfit with you guys. I got the idea for this outfit a few days before Christmas. I bought the watermelon fabric from Spotlight a while ago and was always planning to turn it into a skirt but when I was going through my pattern stash before Christmas I decided to do something more. This project is not, as you might assume, a skirt a top. No my friends! It is a skirt……………..and a jumpsuit!!!
Oh yeah! Isn’t that the most awesome thing ever. When I was going through my pattern stash before Christmas I came across this pattern and I realised that this watermelon fabric had to be paired with a green jumpsuit. I was so excited to make it that I made Corey take me to Spotlight straight away so I could grab the green linen. I cut into it as soon as I got home and started sewing. Obviously, the sewing got put aside for Christmas day and while we went to Melbourne. But as soon as I got home I picked it up again. I finally got around to finishing it all last week and had planned to get Corey to take photos on the weekend. But as I am sure you would have seen on the news we were hit by an horrendous amount of rain and gloom so I couldn’t get any till this afternoon.
This watermelon print is just too much fun! It might possibly be a little too kiddish but I love it anyway. And so what if I am a grown woman wearing a bright pink watermelon print skirt. I love it! I used green buttons for a bit of contrast. I love the green/pink combo. I actually saw a really cool crochet blanket in green & pink the other day that I want to recreate. But that is getting a bit off topic. I also used the leftover green linen to make the pockets for another pop of colour.
The jumpsuit is just as cute by itself as it is with the skirt. I actually think I will get more wear out of this by itself rather than with the skirt. It is just so summery and fun and I can’t go past a good jumpsuit. Plus I don’t really love how it gets all bunchy at the top when paired with the skirt. But that is the only downside to this outfit. Everything else I love so I can deal with that!