Happy New Year, crafty ladies and gentlemen! I’m still trying to think up some last-minute resolutions, but all I know is that I want to sew more, buy less, and spread the good word of the crafty revolution as much as I can!
I finished a playsuit! This was something of a trial effort, just to see if the style suits me. All too often I finish things and then realise it’s not flattering – just because it’s vintage doesn’t automatically mean it works for my shape. So here is the result. I used a vintage McCalls pattern for a bathing suit that I bought in Hobart years ago, but didn’t gather the bottom edges of the shorts as the pattern suggested. My thighs do not need that kind of attention!
I have used the bodice of this pattern before, for a dress, and found that it fitted really well. There are six darts in each half of the bodice. Six! So, for the lining and the outside I made twenty-four darts! But it fits, and that’s what counts. My favourite dart (can there be such a thing?) is the one that lies on the front centre seam, between the boobs. It really helps to create a flattering shape there. The fabric is a quilting fabric I have been hoarding for a while. It’s so loud, but I think it works for a ‘fun’ garment such as this.
The tiki bar gets another outing.
I’m pretty happy with it, and feel comfortable wearing it. I think the key is the wide-leg shorts – anything tighter wouldn’t be so flattering. It’s almost like wearing a skirt! Now I am going to work my way through the other patterns I have found, because the more I wear this playsuit, the more I think my wardrobe could stand a decent selection!