Hot! A ‘Backyard Pin Up’ Playsuit | Veronica Darling


Amelia_pinup-2The Facts


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!




Veronica Darling

Veronica Darling has been sewing well for about 4 years, blogging for 5 years and smiling for over 33 years. In 2011, she joined Mena's Sew Weekly in sewing through the year, and in 2012 will keep challenges slightly smaller in scale.


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  1. YAY! These pictures are SO MUCH FUN! Makes me wanna say ‘Go get ’em Tiger!’ Congrats on your new place and good luck with all the DIY projects! xoxoxo

  2. Love the photos and the inspiration….bathe fabric is amazing and it’s a great little jumpsuit”…xx

  3. margueritedesigns

    What fun! Reminds me of Flintstones and yabbadabbadoo!

  4. Hi Veronica, love this post and love your blog! I’ve only just discovered Sew Weekly but have been a follower of your blog for a little while now. Sorry to hear about Doggie Darling xx

  5. I love the fabric and the pattern, it looks great! And I can’t wait to see photos of your sewing room!!!!

  6. this is great–the watering can pic is my favorite! go for the veggie garden–you will be so pleased. and really, i garden in short skirts all the time, figuring no one can really see my backyard. it’s quite comfy! short jumpsuit would work even better. :)

  7. Wow, the playsuit is adorable and I love the photo of you with with clothesline–very pinup, just like the illustration!

  8. Wowza! You look so freaking hot! These photos need printing and presence in the new house! Your husband doesn’t need a tattoo of a pin-up – he’s married to one! (sorry again, seriously, my brain somehow absorbs all kinds of information then never forget it. But maybe the tattoo thing was someone else – if so, oops!). Your hair looks absolutely incredible, I’m having serious hair envy right now…. Good luck with the new house and have fun at Straight To You tonight! (I was at They Will Have Their Way last night – YAY!)

  9. Super cute as always – I’m with Diane on the Flintstones vibe.

  10. gorgeous as always! LOOOVE your hair today!

  11. FANTASTIC!! I don’t know how you manage everything, you look spectacular and have captured the cheesy, fun loving poses of the PinUp era just perfectly. You look darling in your new playsuit and I bet Husbie wouldn’t mind one little bit you mowing the lawn looking so darn hot, perfect gardening outfit, even the worms would get excited when you turned the compost over hehe. Happy moving day xx

  12. Adorable playsuit, your hair is gorgeous and your poses are absolutely pin up perfect! I wanna make more playsuits too, they are so fab for summer!

  13. Thank you kindly, dear Debi! All moved in now, hooray!

  14. OMG, totally! I think I said that during the making of, but totes forgot afterwards!

  15. Awww, thank you Janey. Such a big ‘ups and downs’ time for us. We’re looking forward to being settled in the new house, and living life. xoxo

  16. Thanks darling! My sewing room has piles of boxes and officially is bad for OH&S access right now! Once it’s unpacked, it’ll be a dream!

  17. Jumpsuits are pretty much the perfect gardening outfit! I might make one with back pockets, so I can put my newly purchased secateurs in them!
    Thanks for the comments Liz!

  18. Thanks Mary, the photos were a lot of fun this week!

  19. Thanks Amanda! Straight To You was AMAZING!

  20. Totally Flintstones Fabric!

  21. Thank you darling! Pin curls are just perfect for this look!

  22. Thank you darling Kazz! And FINALLY some warmer weather to wear such playsuits! YAY!

  23. SO fab! Thanks gorgeous girl!

  24. You look amazing! Love this!