The “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” Playsuit
Fabric: Dotted Swiss from Fabric.com – $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.