Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Fabulous Vintage Playsuit!

 I wanted to create a playsuit that could be worn both elegantly for lunch and playfully at the beach. I combined a few different vintage patterns for this look and I couldn't be happier with the result!

 To accesorise the look I carried this new to me- vintage 50s crochet bag. I love the shape of this bag, and it's neutral enough to go with pretty much all my summer wardrobe!
(I try to only buy accessories that I can use easily as space is very limited)

 These tan shoes I have had for ages but never wore because they kept slipping off my feet. I found some suede sling back grips online and now I can wear these beauties comfortably!
(Who knew sling backs are not meant to be dangerous?)

 For the top I used the Mrs Depew Beach Bustier pattern but left off the added detail and made it very simple. Best let the print speak for itself. Oh, and I also made it less pointy, seems to get a mixed reaction when I go for pointy boobs!

Very simple in the back!

 I love the Bakelite buttons I had in my stash, they are glorious!
I don't have a button hole function on my sewing machine though so poppers behind the buttons had to do.
 I must admit that I love poppers, you can rip this skirt of in the most dramatic flourish!

I always play with hairstyles on holiday, I like to have my neck free in order to stay cool. This only took about 10 minutes of playing around but I felt sophisticated all day. 

 Now here comes the drama! 

Whip off the skirt to reveal cute shorts!

Wack on a 40s Duster cap!
(Just imagine doing your house work in a bow that big)

 And you are ready for some beach fun! 

 Yay! I finally have a cute - Vintage Capsule 4 piece! All the pieces I can mix and match with garments I already have in my wardrobe, but teamed all together I think this 4 piece is something special!

I love, love, love the print!!!

And I get to add 3 more vintage patterns to my Vintage Pledge.
That bring me to a total of 9 out of 10, Woo Hoo!

What do you think?

Do you have a cute playsuit?



P.S. Pattern details-

I extended and curved the bust darts to make a more round bust shape and did not include the top frame detail. I made straight straps instead of a halter strap.
I made the skirt from this pattern.  A nice simple make!
I made the shorts with 3 inches extra volume added at the hem for each leg because these are either meant to be incredibly tight or I have bigger thighs than I would ever admit! And I did not do the turn up finish, I did a double turn and topstitch finish.
And finally the Duster Cap is from the 1940s book 'The pictorial guide to modern home dressmaking' I found a fantastic tutorial on the blog Vintage Follies that makes this a really easy and enjoyable make. 


  1. I do the same re hairstyles on holiday - it's always the time I discover new ones by accident :D It's because you actually have the time and inclination to put your hair up creatively... Anyway, this 4-piece is as adorable as I was expecting. Really, really good job. I am so jealous! x

  2. That first photo is so gorgeous, perfect back drop! I think this must be *the* most beautiful fabric ever, and you picked the best outfit to create with it! I have a beach set like this with fish on it that I am looking forward to wearing in summer :D

  3. So ADORABLE! I love the fabric, and it looks like it fits beautifully! Playsuits are so versatile, and this one, I'm sure, will get a lot of wearing!

  4. Wishing I could sew at this exact moment. What an adorable outfit! Seriously..adorable. I love playsuits so very much and yearn to have a closet filled with them. Maybe one day I will learn to sew and make that a reality.

    Fantastic post and good job on the playsuit.

    Liz :)

  5. It's wonderful! Definitely motivated me to finish mine now!!

  6. This is absolutely stunning, I love playsuit sets! Love your fabric choice and these fabulous photos!

  7. Ah! This playsuit is soo delightful! I am definitely inspired by this beautiful set you've created. You've done a simply marvelous job, it looks so cute! ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  8. This stop-the-presses, flat out, completely sensational! What a sweet, stylish playsuit, dear gal! I adore the riot of hues, the charming pattern, the array of pieces you made, and of course how amazing it looks on you. Awesome sewing and styling alike!!!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  9. This is a fabulous outfit--truly amazing to think that you made it all! thank you for sharing, it's great to see this sort of project!

  10. I missed this post first time around, so I'm pleased to catch up on it now! Adorable.xx