Hot! The “Not Quite Hawaii” Playsuit

Not-quite-hawaii-promoThe Facts

Fabric: Vintage cotton Hawaiian print from Alameda Antique Fair – $18 for three yards
Pattern: Simplicity 2444 c. 1948
Notions: Vintage buttons – $.0005
Year: c. 1948
Time to complete: About 4 hours
First worn: May 2010
Wear again? Yes.

Total Cost: ~$18 *

*price of pattern is calculated in first playsuit.

Before our New England trip came together, we had been planning to do some sort of tropical vacation. This playsuit was one of the first items I made — the intention being that it would be perfect for some sort of island getaway. It turns out that the playsuit served me well in Marblehead, Massachusetts rather than the Caribbean.

The pattern is the same one used for the “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries Playsuit.” This time it was much easier to construct since I had already conquered the yoked collar and sleeves. The only issue was the button placement – I didn’t plan for enough room between the waistband button and the buttons directly above and below. So, there is no button at the waistband; I’m still planning to add snaps to it, however. In the meantime, I’ve taken a shortcut and wear a belt over the flaw.

Here’s a shot of me wearing the playsuit after dinner in Marblehead. I have the same expression my grandmother often makes in photographs — kind of a pained smiled. In my case, the sun was in my eyes. Because of this resemblance, I couldn’t resist adding the border and changing the photo to black and white.  

Or, if you prefer, here is a color version of the playsuit.



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. Oh man! Why did I ever get rid of that pattern! :(
    It looks gorgeous.

  2. Wow, that photo is incredible. There is nothing in it that gives away modernity–it looks 50 or 60 years old.
    I’m really surprised at how much I love the play suits on you. I always think they look ridiculous on the hanger, but they look lovely on you.

  3. I love how your play suits looks deceptively like ordinary dresses!

  4. Fantastic! When I saw your photo collage from your trip I automatically assumed that one was a dress, not a playsuit… what a pretty vacation outfit! And I love your black-and-white photo too. It’s true that great style is timeless!