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Summer Sewing Challenge - Retro Rocker Tonia Playsuit with C...

Added Jul 23, 2012

by darkhorse

Vancouver, Canada






Here’s my entry for the Summer Sewing Challenge – I’m calling it the ‘Retro Rocker Tonia Playsuit with Cut Out Bustline’. The romper is a bit big for my mannequin, but I’m camera shy, so please forgive me. :)

I have had visions of retro style playsuits dancing in my head for ages. When I saw the challenge, I thought it was time to step it up as a self-taught sewist – more than anything, to challenge myself and the limits of my poor sewing machine (did she ever yell, whew!). This has been the most advanced project I’ve ever dared take on. Suffice it to say there’s been blood, sweat and tears poured into this project that’s obsessed me. :)

I fell in love with the retro style dress on BurdaStyle with the cut-out bustline, and I knew that had to be the base for the bodice. I’ve also been coveting the Tonia shorts for a long time. I decided to put them together for a custom playsuit romper based on these two patterns as a true variation and did some sketching. It involved some pattern grading (up) and pattern adjustments to unify the two patterns – and to the right size. I also wanted the romper to have some real edge so I added black shorts for contrast with black piping and a black external zipper.

The playsuit is lined and I used fuchsia Hong Kong seam finishes to keep that rock and roll feel going. I added extra pleats at the front of the shorts and an extra pair of darts on the reverse of the sorts. I eliminated the fly due to the rear zip. I added the striped shirting to the hip yoke for fun and also the shorts cuff.

I also made a fabric flower pin that I think looks great with this playsuit! I made a 4 gore wrap skirt to go with this based on the cut out bustline skirt pattern. What retro style playsuit wouldn’t look awesome with a cover-up wrap skirt? :)

Here’s the links to the original patterns (pics also posted here for reference):

Happy summer romping! :)

x Rena

PS – If you want to see more pics or have any questions, just leave a comment!

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Material Notes

Striped cotton shirting (blue and lavender), cotton broadcloth, fuchsia double fold bias tape, black zipper, interfacing.




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    Jul 24, 2012, 05.41 PMby darkhorse

    Thanks Mary! I had a lot of fun figuring it all out. :) x Rena

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    Jul 24, 2012, 09.12 AMby Mary Athey

    very clever to combine the two patterns. this is fab. well done x

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