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1940's midriff playsuit

Added May 31, 2011

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






I made this versatile playsuit from a vintage 1947 pattern, Advance 4147, which I purchased on Etsy. It combines a midriff top, high-waisted shorts, and a buttoned skirt. I made the top reversible so it could match both the skirt and/or the shorts. Perfect for a summer frolic!

More pics on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness.

More info on how I made it here.

Material Notes

I used a tropical cotton print for the top and shorts and an old cotton sateen top sheet for the skirt (and top). The shorts have a standard side zipper, and the skirt closes with large vintage plastic buttons. Under the blouse, BIG shoulder pads — BIG!




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    Jan 31, 2012, 09.35 PMby sandyclaws

    Haha very nice ! Weird sleeves though .. x

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    Jun 9, 2011, 11.47 PMby nuiwida23

    Love love LOVE it!!! And Cathy’s sassy attitude doesn’t hurt ;)

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    Jun 2, 2011, 09.59 PMby peaches2218

    Too cute! I love the detailing in the skirt!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 06.18 PMby laugh434

    Cathy looks amazing! I almost bought that pattern once, I want to kick myself for not getting it. I love that you made the top reversible, so clever!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 01.13 PMby Peter Lappin

    Thanks, everybody — and a big kiss from Cathy!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 11.53 AMby be-bops1

    Love it!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 09.31 AMby JuliaBobbin

    Absolutely delicious! Everything works in such a dreamy way.

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    Jun 1, 2011, 06.38 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    oh dear! that is again an increadibly outfit and i love ever detail of it (the dougle-faced look of the skirt and top is such a great idea and shoulderpads are to die for). aaaaaaaaand the acessories (including the sailors) are top!!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 05.13 AMby janene

    What a fabulous ensemble. So beautifully finished. And you wear it so well! x

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    Jun 1, 2011, 04.29 AMby leahfranqui

    Oh, Cathy, you are just the cutest! I am insanely jealous, I couldn’t pull this off, but Cathy, you make it work! Seriously, Peter, this is fantastic, and I LOVED the slideshow on your blog! This is so Ester Williams. I love Ester Williams!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 04.01 AMby wzrdreams

    Cathy has such confidence, and with legs like those it is easy to see why. She looks great in this playsuit. Bravo Peter.

    The sailors look great too!!!!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 02.41 AMby Lucha Suarez

    Just perfect! Your outfit and the sailors! Hubba hubba!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 02.34 AMby tinybows

    Great photos! I absolutely adore this outfit!

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    May 31, 2011, 11.34 PMby Testosterone

    Cathy has done it again – and without any navel to tempt any naval.

    So, did her eyes steal any of the sailors from the sea???

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    May 31, 2011, 11.25 PMby Peter Lappin

    Thanks, Zenica!

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    May 31, 2011, 10.50 PMby zenica

    Hello, sailor! Love the play suit – and the playful photographs! :-)

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