A ‘Backyard Pin Up’ Playsuit | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Remnant synthetic something, $8
Pattern: Butterick 6246, $.50
Year: c, 1970s/1980s
Notions: 6 black heart buttons from the stash, $3 and elastic from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: November 2011
Wear again? Yes, again and again!
Total Cost: ~$13
My motto for this week's Pin Up outfit, sewing and photography been Va Va "LOL" Voom! The best Pin Ups (for me) are of gorgeous and curvy women in funny everyday settings with a bit of cheekiness! I do really love the vintage pin up illustrations, and how great is the Internetz that we can just google up some classic images like this:
So for this week, like Mena's post, I did really consider modesty, and how I'd like to be represented as a woman, and what I find fun and attractive, but also reflects my personality. I also wanted to make something I'd actually wear. A mini playsuit was the obvious choice!
I have a few jumpsuits, playsuits, onesies and rompers (is there a difference?) in my pattern stash, and really wanted to try this orange tiger print fabric that I'd picked up at the Remnant Warehouse in Sydney a few years ago when I lived in town. This year, I'm really improving on matching fabric with patterns, and I think this is ensemble is perfect with the Butterick pattern… but… I'm still not that good at identifying fabric. it's synthetic and floaty, but hangs with a bit of weight.
It was straightforward to follow this Butterick pattern, and it was a really nice and easy way to attached the facing, that keeps it flat and on the inside (you know when the armhole facing sometimes sticks out?). I adjusted the shoulder seams a little, for my shorter shoulder sizing, and was really happy with the results. The only thing I changed was to omit the pockets, as I didn't know if they'd 'pop out' underneath the short hems, considering I'd cut the trousers shorter!
And how sweet are the black heart buttons at the back?
Making up the playsuit was pretty intense this week because I only had a 4 hour window for sewing on Sunday morning in my NEW SEWING ROOM. I've had lots of ups and downs in the past few weeks, with a little explanation on my blog, but we bought a house! We've been DIY renovating and moving and packing for the past few weeks, and have a LOT to do before the final move this weekend.
BUT: It took exactly four hours to make, and I was ironing up my improvised waist tie just as Husbie was asking for my help with moving more stuff into our house! He was a dream this week too, making my photos look like little collector cards in the series of 'Backyard Pin Up'!
Every girl needs to tend to her compost! I actually can't wait to start my veggie garden! EDIBLE GARDEN!
This has been the BEST fitting playsuit I've made, and I'm so excited for summertime now, I'll have to make more!
As for the Pin Up style inspiration, a lot of you may know the Freelancer's Fashion Blog, but I tried to style my hair and makeup in ode to her! If you haven't seen her vintage style, you simply must pay her a visit, she's a very gorgeous, real, strong and individual woman with a gorgeous online presence. A perfect modern day pin up!