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Vintage-Modern Design Challenge / 50's Inspired Playsuit

Added Mar 10, 2012

by Tracey McGow...

Corte Madera, Ca...






I chose option one. I took the Indygo Junction pattern “Day into Night Dress” and modified it into a 50’s inspired playsuit. This is something that I have always wanted to do, so I am so glad that this challenge came about. I kept the princess seams of the day to night dress, but changed the neckline and zipper location. I also eliminated the sleeves because I wanted this to be something that could be worn during the very hot and humid days of Cape Cod.

A playsuit is meant to be very versatile and that is exactly what this is. The circle skirt which has horsehair braid in the hem, is able to button on and off of the romper underneath. The belts have 2 buttonholes that detach to release the skirt and then attach again over the gingham covered buttons to sinch in the sides of the romper.

I added an invisible zipper on the left side of the romper and snaps on to the left side of the neckline for an easy in and out of the romper.

I drafted the bottom protion of the romper adding the vintage style pocket detail with the gingham covered buttons. There is an added detailing of embroidery floss stitching around the pockets, the belt straps and the hem of the circle skirt.

Thanks for looking! It was a labor of love!

You can check out more about my project on my blog:http://swellsewing.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/the-vintage-modern-design-challenge-please-dont-eat-the-daisies/

Material Notes

Cotton fabric, bias tape, covered buttons, horsehair braid for the circle skirt, embroidery floss




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    Mar 10, 2012, 11.41 PMby skeeler

    Just, wow!

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    Mar 10, 2012, 11.13 PMby mixtlii

    It’s a funny outfit! Dress into playsuit, that’s a great idea, I need one of those! Good job on matching the colours, and the buttons are the sweetest!

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    Mar 10, 2012, 09.40 PMby plookiss

    Love it! i really like the 1950’s style dresses and I have a few patterns myself to have a go at doing. Haven’t got further then the ‘mock-up’ stage with them yet though.

    This really does look great on you too.

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