It’s finally sunny! Let’s all celebrate by sewing totally fun vintage playsuits!
This was my first vintage pattern and wow, I wasn’t expecting it to be so straightforward. It arrived from eBay in perfect condition and already carefully cut out in my size – praise be, I hate cutting patterns.
I wasn’t so sure about the super 70s coral colour with pointy contrast collar as seen on the front (can’t you just tell it’s made from velour, too?), but could see that the basic shape of this suit would stand up to some adapting to bring it up to date.
The fabric is a vintage synthetic mystery from The Shop on Cheshire St (previously). The print’s a bit louder than I usually go for but the prettily muted colours make it wearable on a brave day. It’s got a slightly plasticy, rustly feel which isn’t the most pleasant, but the drape is decent enough. The awkward pattern repeat/mismatch on the front is driving me a bit mad – I need to pay better attention to that stuff in the future.
It was pretty easy to sew, just a few seams whizzed up on the overlocker, elasticated waist, and a front zip. Even the sleeves are super swift raglans as opposed to set-in. I used a nice chunky metal YKK zip down the front to toughen it up a bit: I love the detail of the zip going right up to the collar edges. I messed up the neckline construction a bit by accidentally lopping off the front facings so you can see the inner zip peeking out, but it’s not too bad.
I’ll definitely use this pattern again: I can imagine variants with spaghetti straps or a scoop neck quite easily. Hope the sun doesn’t fade now!