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Polka dot open-back playsuit

Added Aug 29, 2010

by raving

London, United K...






So I’d been seeing all these open-back dresses all summer, the one that stood out the most was one from Urban Outfitters. I thought it would be great fun to have an open back dress, and I needed a project for this fabric. The problem was that I only had less than a meter of it! Instead I decided to make it a playsuit, which worked out perfectly.

I’ve wanted a playsuit all summer, something I can run around in without fear of exposing my undies :)

I used a pattern for the shorts, but extended it to make them high waisted. This is the first time I’ve ever made a pair of shorts! I think it turned out quire well. Also my first time making pleats, I’m such a beginner!

It has a zip in the back, and snaps on the top and it’s fully lined :)

I also posted about it on my blog :)

Material Notes

1 meter polka dotted fabric, leftover linen for lining




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Mod, Vintage
Cotton, Linen

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    Nov 6, 2012, 10.09 PMby picklelilly


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    Jun 23, 2012, 04.18 PMby PrettyCharlie

    You have true style! The details and balance are wonderful. Congrats. Well done! May I suggest putting a link to your blog where you mention it, please? I’m sure LOTS of ppl would want to check it out. I sure would! :)

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    Jan 9, 2012, 04.42 AMby asia goldie

    :o this is amazing…absolutely love it!! Deffo worth a try when im a bit more experienced at sewing lol x

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    Jun 11, 2011, 11.56 PMby squiddlepop

    Wow…this is so cute! I love the back!

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    Jun 3, 2011, 08.14 PMby laurii

    love this playsuit and the photos! :) so pretty!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 05.21 AMby Xenia phillip

    do u haave a pattern for the top?? im like in looooove with thiis

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    Dec 18, 2010, 08.52 PMby lissiem

    This is so good!! any tips on how i can make one just like it? im wanting to do a playsuit for a piece of coursework at school and really like this if you could help me out i would be very greatful (:

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      Jan 12, 2011, 05.52 PMby raving

      I used a shorts pattern for the bottom, and for the top I just traced a tank top and then improvised the neckline and cut-out in the back.

      Good luck with your project!

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    Nov 17, 2010, 09.18 PMby kat-1

    Wow I love this!! I want one, but I wouldn’t attempt it without a pattern. Well done it looks great :)

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    Oct 15, 2010, 05.42 PMby pampula

    So nice,makes me want to make one myself!:)

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    Sep 23, 2010, 12.40 PMby kess

    this is beautiful! boy are you not a beginner!

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    Sep 1, 2010, 05.29 PMby charlotteauzou

    The pictures are amazing. Makes me want to live in South of France countryside :) I am so in love with open-back, the playsuit is realy great. Do you know Vivat Veritas ? She sews a lot of open-back dresses.

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      Sep 2, 2010, 04.04 PMby raving

      Thanks, and no I haven’t heard of her, but I just looked her up and her creations are amazing, I’m inspired! :)

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    Sep 1, 2010, 12.32 AMby dewreb

    REALLY, REALLY cute! I want to make an open back dress as well, but I haven’t found a pattern and I’m not brave enough to try without a pattern. Maybe soon I’ll be brave like you!

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    Aug 31, 2010, 11.03 AMby laura oprea

    Sooo cute! Love it!

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    Aug 31, 2010, 10.18 AMby dannijohnson1

    all your projects look amazing :) wish i could so as well as you :)

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    Aug 31, 2010, 03.33 AMby Gina Marquis

    This is sooooo adorable! It doesn’t look like you’re a beginner at all!

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    Aug 30, 2010, 11.56 PMby prairieponygirl

    I love it! The perfect item for summer. I love what you did with just a shorts pattern. :) Great job, and wonderful photos too!

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    Aug 30, 2010, 10.00 PMby Jenna Weber

    Love this – was it one lookbook? I’m almost positive I saw it there…

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    Aug 30, 2010, 05.48 PMby masty

    Awsome! Doesn’t look like a beginner’s job…

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    Aug 30, 2010, 05.33 PMby melonhead

    I love it!! I would wear that in a flash. I always love all of your projects, and your photography is amazing!

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    Aug 30, 2010, 01.11 PMby kezi

    What a georgous playsuit. Fits so well, and lovely photo’s! did you make your own pattern for the top part?

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      Aug 30, 2010, 04.24 PMby raving

      Thank you :)
      Yes, I made my own pattern, I used a couple of tops and my measurements as reference for the front and the back was mostly improvised.

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    Aug 30, 2010, 12.14 PMby fridayjuly

    Looks fabulous! Love the photos too!

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    Aug 30, 2010, 08.50 AMby robygiup

    Gorgeous! :D And it seems to be not so easy for a beginner! Great job!!!

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    Aug 30, 2010, 03.22 AMby honorroll

    Love the cut out back, great pictures!

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    Aug 30, 2010, 02.50 AMby nookie

    love it and fantastic first attempt at shorts.

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    Aug 29, 2010, 09.53 PMby katzl

    this playsuit looks like fun

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    Aug 29, 2010, 09.44 PMby loyl8

    i love it!! great pics and adorable outfit :)

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    Aug 29, 2010, 09.41 PMby nic305

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!!

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    Aug 29, 2010, 09.38 PMby violetsky

    You look amazing. Very cute playsuit.

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    Aug 29, 2010, 09.34 PMby mixtlii

    Looks very cute, and the pictures are fantastic!

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