Added Jul 3, 2014
Already in spring I had found this really cute parrot fabric at Alfatex and promptly had the idea to make a summery, 1950s playsuit inspired set with it (minus the shorts). The fabric is quite see-through so I decided to make a slip first and bought off-white elastical synthetic fabric (also at Alfatex). I used the slip pattern that is part of Retro Butterick B5920 as a basis but changed it quite a lot – I took the waist in and made a tiered skirt because I wanted it to be more petticoat-like. I really like the slip but I am pretty disappointed by the fabric I used, it is flimsy, get’s damaged and crinkles easily, not exactly great for a undergarment (or any garment, come to speak of it). I had even asked the salesperson for advice because I have no experiences with elastic fabrics but I guess she had no idea either, next time I will research for myself (and there will be a next time, I’d love to make a black slip next!). I used the parrot fabric to make a skirt and a top – the skirt is a simple dirndl skirt with a zipper and the top is self-drafted. I am almost completely happy with this top pattern by now – it has enough ease to be easily put on even with a non-elastic fabrics and is still fitted enough to look nice. I used black bias-binding on the armholes and the neckline to echo the skirts black waistband and added a few black buttons just for fun. I wore this for the first time last weekend and shivered a lot – unfortunately summer is taking a break here right now :-) I really hope that the sun will reappear soon!
There are a few more images on my blog, Draped in Cloudlets .