nautical

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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I just love nautical things! I love it even more when it’s in a non-traditional color scheme.

Tada! I love wearing coral! So fun!

I used Simplicity 2801 c. 1949 with a combo of the cuff from view 1 and the pockets from view 2. (Because what dress can’t be improved with pockets?)

Initially, I had planned on a solid dress with no trim but it was just too much coral. So out came the nautical braid and a nice white belt to break up the dress a bit.


It was a lot of work getting the trim to be straight and even but it was so worth it! More photos here.

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One of my latest sewing experiments: Simplicity 3875. Again. But this time I added a shirred section to the back to allow for my expanding and contracting. I had more fabric to work with  this time so the skirt is a bit fuller.

The bodice is entirely lined, except for the shirred section which is a piece of the outside fabric folded in half.

 

 

 

More pictures here

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I sewed up Butterick 5229 to make a 20′s inspired dress…took the ‘tunic pattern and made it long enough to be a dress. But not ridiculously long like on the pattern cover.

I used navy blue poly cotton and white bias (although I realized in the sunlight its actually cream!) binding. I also have wooden buttons. Although if I find some nice gold ones I will use those.

In addition to the basic dress I made some additions and alterations.

Bias binding on the hem

Or piping on the waistline

Pleats in the skirt (to allow for movement)

A cute bow (to cover up the join in the piping.)

 

Its came together fairly quickly…..I had enough left over to make a matching bow for my hair.

 

More details on my blog.

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