Friday, September 6, 2013

Finished Playsuit

vintage romper playsuit McCall's 6331


I finally finished my playsuit, just in time for the end of summer! Hey, better late than never, right? I actually finished it two weeks ago and I had a grand plan to photograph it while in New Hampshire the past two weekends, which did not happen. The first weekend, my camera battery died and I did not bring the charger. The second weekend I packed the camera, charger, tripod, shoes, and accessories but forgot the playsuit! So pictures in my living room it is.

I actually wanted to make a matching skirt to make it a vintage inspired playsuit ensemble, like I talked about here, but ran out of time in the summer! Maybe I will still do it but I wanted to show you the playsuit in the meantime.

vintage romper playsuit McCall's 6331


vintage romper playsuit McCall's 6331


vintage romper playsuit McCall's 6331


vintage romper playsuit McCall's 6331

vintage romper playsuit McCall's 6331


The pattern in McCall's 6331. As you can see I changed the center back closure from a zipper to a bound buttonholes, which required I little bit of pattern redrafting to make sure the two sides overlapped enough in the center back without the overlap continuing into the crotch of the shorts. See below the row of buttons in the picture below to see how I did it.

vintage romper bound buttonholes

The blue and white polka dot fabric was super shear so I underlined the whole thing with lightweight white cotton. the bodice is additionally lined with a solid blue cotton that matches the polka dots, causing the overturned pieces on the bodice to contrast.

vintage romper underlining lining

The seams in the shorts and hem are finished with hug snug seam binding.

vintage romper hug snug seam


Look at my bound buttonholes! I used the "baste and tuck method"

vintage romper bound buttonholes

Look at the back!


One problem I ran into is that since I did not line the shorts, and the buttonholes extend into them, how to finish the backs of the buttonholes with no lining? My solution was to cut a rectangle of the white fabric, press under the edges and slip stitch it in, thus creating a kind of facing. See?

vintage romper bound buttonholes

I think I can still wear my playsuit as long as it is still warm out (which it is).

Oh, can we talk about my shoes? I recently made my very first purchase from ModCloth. I got peeved a few years ago that they do not seem to carry my shoe size - 9.5. There was a pair of shoes I really really really wanted and was so disappointed they didn't have my size. Well fast forward a few years and I decided to gamble (because they were on sale) and order these shoes in a 10. You can probably see that they are a little big, but still doable (as in - I can walk) and I love them!

Oh, and I made that blue polka dot bangle by decoupaging decorative paper on an unfinished wooden bangle.

Until next time :)

6 comments:

  1. So cute!! And the buttonholes are ace!
    Well done ;)

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    1. Thank you! I am very proud of them (the buttonholes) : )

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  2. It looks great; I love the buttons & your matching shoes. Well done.

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  3. What an adorable playsuit. I love the polka dot, paired with the perfect shoes and the perfect bracelet. You definitely have style!

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  4. So adorable, the fabrics are just perfect and the shoes are the icing on the cake! And well done for both re-doing the back for buttons and making all those bound buttonholes, they look fantastic!

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