Jumpsuits / Pantdresses

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.

 

 

 

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Hi Everyone!

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 :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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!!!

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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.


50s watermelon circle skirt

50s watermelon circle skirt

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.

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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!

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