Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Vintage Playsuit Summer Sew-Along 2014

 Contrary to my posting habits, I have indeed been sewing! I have a few art projects that need some work, so I've been unable to take pictures. Okay, it's that, and the fact it's allergy season in Northern California. This is the time of the year where the grass begins to dry up and leaving my home only happens out of necessity to avoid a miserable congested, sneezing, eye-watering existence! 

       Are any of you participating in Stephanie's Vintage Playsuit Sew-Along over at The Girl with the Star-Spangled Heart? I'm so excited for it! I've always wanted to make a playsuit, and had been planning on making one this summer anyways! Perfect opportunity to join in on my first sew-along.

          I've decided to make a 1950's style playsuit (shocker, I know.), and also get in on making the dirndl skirt as well. The only thing is I don't actually own any vintage patterns for a playsuit. In fact, I only own two vintage patterns in all. I do, however, own a 1950's playsuit. Here is a photo of the top:

               I bought it at Moon Zoom, a vintage store in Santa Cruz, last June. I've always wanted a bra top playsuit and practically squealed when I found this treasure hidden among the tops. It's made from a soft cotton chambray and came with a matching pair of high waisted shorts. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of me wearing the set as the shorts don't fit well, and I don't have the heart to alter them.

I was thinking, if using the Simplicity 1426 isn't okay (because its a vintage pattern repro), I could use this ensemble as my pattern pieces instead.

These are a few styles I'm considering making

I love the open skirt, and the wrapped top. Although, being bustier than her, I'd need a lower neckline. This pattern is actually up for sale now on eBay. Click here.

I think this is a 1940's pattern, the shoulders still have the military look to them. But. I really love the neckline on the two tops, and the shorter skirts are so flirtatious!

The shorts in this pattern were more along the lines of what I was contemplating. I like the gathering at the waist and the drawstrings on the leg holes. Little cutie pie bloomers.

           This photo was too cute not to post! I adore the girl in the middle, her hair is amazing, and her playsuit is adorable to boot! Again, her shorts are almost identical to what I am envisioning. While she's not wearing a bra top, I love the peasant blouse style and the way it ties in the front. I would be very interested in recreating this outfit and love the idea of wearing an open dirndl skirt with it.  

            By the end of writing this lengthy post, I've pretty much decided to recreate the center playsuit in the last photo. It's too perfect! Now, I must decide on the fabric to make it from and how to make the top..

Which is your favorite style? And let me know if you're part of the sew-along too!