Hot! The “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” Playsuit

Cherry-playsuit The Facts
Fabric: Dotted Swiss from – $10 for ~2.5 yards
Pattern: Simplicity 2444 c. 1948 – $7.00 from Etsy
Notions: Vintage buttons – $1
Year: c. 1948
Time to complete: About 6 hours
First worn: April 2010
Wear again? Yes.

Total Cost: $18

With a bit of travel ahead, I've already started working on my vacation wardrobe. And, of course, what better says vacation than a playsuit? For those who are unaware of the concept, a playsuit it basically a one-piece garment that most often resembles a top and shorts. Often these playsuits are paired with overskirts that allow a transition into more formal attire.

I've been on a playsuit pattern buying spree lately — this one being from 1948. I'm not a shorts person. I NEVER wear shorts. Considering I also NEVER used to tuck in my shirts, I decided to give the concept of the shorts playsuit a try. 

As far as the ease of construction, I was terrified about making the shorts portion. Little did I know that I would have the most trouble with the yoke and sleeves. The shorts were, in fact, a breeze to construct. I just couldn't get my head around what was going on with the yoke and the fabric was just too lightweight to really have any fine control over.

But even with those troubles, I'm very happy with how this little romper turned out. Does this mean that I'm a shorts convert? Well, they're loose enough that they really should be considered culottes. So I guess that means I'm a culottes convert.

Here I am wearing the playsuit at Disneyland this past weekend. 



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. So cute! I love playsuits but only wear them with tights – good to see a slightly longer length looks nice, I could be convinced to wear one this Summer…

  2. As usual that is just cuter than cute on you! You did comment on the lightweight fabric. . . so my question is how did this work out with modesty issues? I am always concerned about using lightweight fabric and body TMI. I have some knit fabric that is white (mostly) and black but hesitate to make anything out of it because it is lightweight. Any suggestions please?

  3. Absolutely beautiful spring dress! You are a real inspiration!

  4. Very cute! I have a playsuit pattern with a detachable skirt but ditched the shorts when I made it up because of, well, oh so many reasons. So, I made it up into a dress, just substituting the skirt for the shorts. After seeing yours, I may reconsider making the pattern with the shorts.
    I like the choice of fabric; really a great match.

  5. Love it! And I love how your blog is evolving… the best part is seeing the pics of you wearing your creations “in real life” and hearing about the tricky parts. Really great work!

  6. I think this one is my favorite. It’s perfect on you and the light fabric really shows off your hair and smile. I love seeing what you’ve done and your finds too. I’m just beginning the clothes sewing thing (I’m 52 but you’re never too old right!) and I’m seriously excited about the adventure. Now if I could just get off the computer and stop reading the interesting blogs I’d get more done!!

  7. That play suit is adorable! I’ve been wanting one, but I worry they will look silly on me. I’m tall and I usually don’t wear shorts either. But after seeing yours, maybe I will have to give it a go. Great job!! (And what a perfect outfit for Disney!)

  8. Adorable! I have been terrified of playsuits before, but now I just might take the plunge.

  9. WOW!! This is just too cute for words!

  10. This is really adorable. I love playsuits and while shopping have noticed they are back”in” I love the fabric.

  11. BTW…did you line it with any fabric? It looked sheer on the dressform, but not sheer on you.

  12. That fabric is super cute and the outfit looks great on you. Had no idea culottes could look cute, but you pull it off awesomely!

  13. Aw, of course I sold this pattern away because I thought the drawing looked frumpy :(
    It looks super-cute on you! Now Penelope needs a mini-one.

  14. I’m wearing a camisole and white spanx-like shorts so as to avoid giving folks a show.

  15. I always wear a slip with my dresses and that solves most of the issues. Here, I’m wearing a camisole and white spanx-like shorts that make it fairly opaque.

  16. This playsuit is just darling! And I’ve fallen head over heels with the fabric! Good stuff, indeed!

  17. The first time I made pants, I sewed the wrong seams together and ended up with these stumpy little shorts with a crotch that was 4 feet long. No lie. You managed this beautifully.

  18. I adore playsuits, and am keeping my fingers crossed the weather here stays nice enough for me to finally make the patterns I have this summer!!
    This is such a cute little outfit, you look great & you did a brilliant job :)