Friday, 5 August 2016

Tiki Playsuit Hack with Butterick B6354

For my contribution to the exciting #RetroTikiCollab I wanted to make something that I could dress up or down. I love an elegant sophisticated look, but let's face it, fun and practical better suits my lifestyle regardless of how much I wish I was a femme fatale who's main responsibilities include cocktail parties! 

So, elegant and sophisticated with the fabulous wrap skirt and the little bolero combo! 

The bolero was my favourite part of the project. It sewed up so quickly and easily, and instantly gives that hint of vintage glamour I am always searching for.
I have already made 2 of these. And it takes up so little fabric that any leftover fabric from a project can be utilised ingeniously for this. 

Whip off the bolero for a more sexy look. 
I love a whip off kind of an outfit! Makes me feel like a pinup superman!

The wrap skirt is also a super fun make!
Nothing tricky about it, but the side wrap gives the appearance of an advanced make. Ha! It's not. But it makes me look clever, and super cute!

The only point I would make about the skirt, is that it does not have an adjustable waist. The ties have fixed points so do check the fit before finishing the waistline.  I could have gone tighter, but it's super comfy, and not everything needs to strangle, right?

The top and skirt are amazing together!
 This look is calling out for a tropical cocktail with an umbrella!

Another layer comes off and reveals a one piece playsuit/romper.

I love a playsuit but I didnt have one in my wardrobe. Criminal I know, so that needed to be rectified, and what a perfect opportunity!

So, to make the 2 piece in to a playsuit it is really just a case of joining the 2 pieces at the waist. No pattern adjustment, very simple!

  • I sewed up the shorts, omitting the zip and ignored the waistband all together.  
  • I sewed the top and top lining separately as directed. Boning the lining as outlined in the instructions and then only stitched them together along the top edge. 
  • I joined the bottom edge of the bodice to the top edge of the shorts(the waistline), matching seams and darts. 
  • Pressed up the waist seam. 
  • Sewed in an invisible zip along the centre back.
  • And finished by hand stitching down the lining along the zip and waistline. 

I used boning casing, which is super quick and easy to sew with.
I also bought pre cut spiral steel boning to save time and save my fingers!
Both of which I bought at

The final step is the only hand sewing involved, which you could technically do mostly by machine, but I prefer hand finishing, it's therapeutic at the end of a machine heavy project and does give a beautiful finish.

And there we have the final result!

Such a pleasure to wear!

Although I made this playsuit to be a casual look, it still has that vintage elegance that makes it feel special.

Easy to get on and off with the invisible zip, which keeps the back looking smart.

The only other change I made to this pattern, was to make some cute spaghetti straps, and creating this triple strand strap. I have seen these straps on vintage tiki dresses so wanted to recreate the look.
I'm so happy with how they turned out! For such a small change, these straps add an interesting detail, making the look feel all the more vintage.

I kept the styling of this look pretty simple with a must have hair flower and bamboo bangle to create a tiki look.
Both from ladylucksboutique which I absolutely love! They have a great variety of hair flowers to choose from.
And the earrings are vintage dead stock I bought from bowandcrossbones who do some incredible jewellery!!

And one last pinup picture for the road!

Don't forget to check out the other Tiki Pinups from the #RetroTikiCollab!

Akram from Akram's Ideas

Abi from The Crafty Pinup

Bianca from Vintage on Tap

To keep the fun Tiki Party going!!!




  1. AMAAAAAAZING!!!! I LOVE how this outfit goes from glamorous hostess, tiki siren, and then a fun beach appropriate outfit. So fabulous and clever! I actually don't think I've seen anything like this before so it really is a brilliant idea. Would be so great to wear if you had a busy day with a lot packed in and you needed a few outfit changes. Great job :D

  2. This is a pretty fantastic outfit! Nice work. I hadn't thought of making it into a playsuit...may have to try this. I ADORE the strap idea. Do you have any tips on making such tiny straps (which I've never done)? Would love...

  3. Goodness, is this gorgeous! From the stunning floral fabric to the classic silhouette at work here, it's sweet, endlessly summery and just as pretty as pretty can be.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  4. Oh my! I absolutely love what you've done with this pattern - you look gorgeous!

  5. What a great outfit! Congratulations on your efforts and thanks for sharing.

  6. Amazing work on this. Your skills are...envy-inducing :)

  7. Well, this is pretty awesome! I love the fact it can transform into different looks. Why is modern clothing so lame and boring?!

  8. This is such a cute look, I'm in awe! I love how gorgeous and versatile this look is - all of the different pieces that you can add or take away mean that you could wear some version of this practically anywhere. You have such amazing skills!

  9. What an amazing outfit!! I love the fabric and how diverse it is, the straps have to be one of my favourite features.. I love little but important details like that. Your hair looks so good too x

  10. Aloha! This series of photos was like a striptease, I wondered how many more layers you were taking off!! What a SUPERB little ensemble you created there. The fabric is perfect, and your styling (that hair!) is spot on. Wowzer lady, you're hot stuff in that outfit! x

  11. This ensemble is the best tiki outfit I've ever seen! Wow! Everything is so neatly put together, and fits you like a dream, you've really done such a stellar job with this make. #sewinggoals!! Seriously, I really want to make a playsuit ~ and it's been on my sewing list for a few years now. I hope I get around to it, because seeing this makes me want to sew my own even more! (⁎♥ ヮ♥⁎)∠❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  12. You look like you had so much fun in these pictures. And why not, your outfit is so cute and playful ;) Nice work

  13. To be shared on SSB Monday. Thanks for permitting.