Playsuits, rompers, onesies – I’ve seen so many in shops this season but for the most part they seem to be elastic-waisted 80’s inspired creations that are not really my style. Summer gets so hot here that some cute overalls seem mighty attractive right about now. There are a few suppliers of lovely 1950’s – style bathers around, like the all-Aussie My Sister Pat, but they are a little out of my price range :(.
Of course, a crafty gal always options, so I’ve done a bit of research for the purposes of making a playsuit that suits me! They’ve turned up in various incarnations every decade since the 1930’s, with variations on the theme of ‘shorts attached to a bodice’, and there are plenty of vintage patterns around to provide inspiration.
Some come in two parts, wth a bare midriff, but I want to be able to wear my playsuit at work (with stockings) and around town without worrying about my tummy showing too much. So as cute as this 1940’s ensemble is, it’s not quite right. Love those sleeves though. From Sandritocat
So cute! …so costumey! Maybe for swing dancing or a photoshoot, but while I love dressing up, a hardcore sailor-girl outfit is never terribly versatile! I’ve determined to sew more clothes that are wearable on an every day basis. Sigh! From WearingHistory
I do have a bit of a soft spot for this tennis dress, but sleeveless tops with a big collar are not my favourite thing ever. Culottes are cool though, right? From Missretromodern.
Separates! A dress, shorts, an overskirt… so many options! I really do like these 50’s wardrobe packages where they give you everything to make several outfits. The playsuit pictured is also nice and plain, which appeals to me because its enough of a standout item that it doesn’t need to have too much extra detail. From DeLaBelle.
Yes yes… I know I said no bare midriffs! I had to put this in, I have such a soft spot for it. Those bubble shorts! So good! I have a feeling they won’t do my thighs any favours but a girl can dream. Such a cute pin-up look, I may very well let myself be inspired by this pattern.
There are a few options for my playsuit project. So far I prefer one piece suits with a waist seam, with wider shorts and perhaps shoestring straps rather than sleeves. Maybe buttons up the front? Definitely a high waist. There are some more great patterns to study on the Commercial Pattern Archive, where they have done a feature on bathing suits and playsuits
Now all I need is the perfect fabric, some perfect buttons, and a sunny weekend to look forward to…