Hot! The “Any Excuse to Wear” Playsuit

The Facts:

Fabric: Remnant soft blue herringbone($3) and cream & peach floral cotton($6)
Pattern: Mccalls 6311 ($1)
Year: Modern
Notions: zipper($1.40) and push-up pads(free from work)
Time to Complete: 4 Hrs
First Worn: May 2012
Wear Again: Oh yeah, I feel spicy in this!
Total Price: $11.40

I really wanted to use these two fabrics together for this challenge. I love the pattern contrast, but I also love how the blue hue compliments the peach hue. In fact I love complimentary colors all together. But I didn’t have enough of the herringbone to do anything big with the 2 yards of floral cotton. Then I remembered Mena’s playsuit from the pin-up challenge. Why yes, a playsuit! What a grand idea! McCall’s patterns were going on sale, and I had more than enough fabric to do this. It also doesn’t hurt to have a playsuit to garden, tan, walk the beach, or go on that long awaited cruise I have been dreaming about in.

This pattern was the simplest by far to use. And very easy to fit to my measurements. Of course I always have trouble up in the bust and back area. What else is new? So I added padded cups to make up the difference. Maybe one day I will hit puberty. I wont count on it though. I know, I’m hard on myself. The best part is the contrasting fold over at the top. I did have to take the straps down a few times trying to get the most comfortable and logical length.

I really love this playsuit. It’s hard enough to find swimsuits that make me feel womanly without compromising my modesty standards. A playsuit, I may not be able to swim in, but I could wear it to the beach or whatnot where I don’t plan on swimming but do plan on enjoying the sun with everyone else. I feel like this playsuit gives me shape. I like having shape. I never knew what it felt like before.

I wanted to take these photos at the beach, but there was no time with our busy schedules, so we headed to Dad’s pool again (which I am so embarrassed because it is so dirty)and borrowed my brother’s surfboard to give it a Gidget like feel. Thanks Mena for the fabulous idea!



Bethany is a forever student in Fashion Design. She took a hiatus from her studies due to the fear of using a sewing machine and a long term illness. It wasn't until her daughter was born, she felt inspired to create again and dive headfirst into sewing by machine.


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  1. that is just as cute as a button and looks great on you.
    It is the right blend of playful but grownup.
    Very successful!

  2. It is a fabulous playsuit and looks amazing on you. Look out Gidget, Bethany’s taking over!

  3. Cute as a button!

  4. So cute.. looks great on you.

  5. Oh I love this. Love. Love. Love. The complimentary colors are great on you! The playsuit is fun and feminine but not too youthful looking. Bravo!

  6. way to go! I dig it.

  7. Way to go Gidget. You look fabulous. Too cute.

  8. I really like the different colours on the two halves of this playsuit – I have this pattern, I might have to give it a try!!

  9. That looks delightful! (trust me, as someone without much on top—it gets better as you get older and you might actually be grateful one day!)
    I love the fabric choices together. Super flattering with your blond hair!

  10. Love this–so cute! The top photo reminded me so much of the Virgin Suicides look (that’s a good thing, I promise).

  11. Gorgeous. This is lovely on you Bethany, I love your sunbathing poses! And beautifully modest x

  12. This is absolutely adorable! I’m built like you, and now I’m inspired to make my own summer playsuit because it’s so flattering on you!

  13. Gidget is just right – such a cute and summery outfit

  14. This is amazing on you!!! The fit is totally perfect! You’ve started me on a frenzied vintage romper pattern search, lol!

  15. So cute! I am wondering if it is one piece or two?

  16. So adorable. The colours and shape are fab on you Bethany!

  17. Spicy cute! You SHOULD look for excuses to wear this. I love how you did your hair.

  18. You’re the cutest surfer bombshell beauty! Love the romper plus pin curls.

  19. I love it! I especially love how you styled it-the hair looks amazing! I’d love to try something like that but my skin is awful-I need more coverage believe it or not.

  20. Though I’m totally happy with my shape, there are times I see a woman in a beautifully -cut and wonderfully-fitted, flat-stomached short and have teeny pangs of jealousy…..this was one of those times. The playsuit fits you beautifully and you look mega fab!

    • Tempest, you are so beautiful and are so comfortable with yourself. It’s taken me a long time to finally accept my bag of bones. The grass is always greener on the other side. You have boobs! I’m jealous of that! I get the pangs of jealousy when I see women breastfeeding their babies, or anyone with boobs for that matter. I understand on a different level.

  21. It’s just fantastic!!! I love the peach and blue together, but I especially love you in this pattern – you are totally rocking that playsuit!