The “In the Zone” Playsuit
Fabric: Plaid seersucker, thrifted $1
Pattern: Simplicity 4337, $10
Year: c. 1953
Notions: Elastic, 4 buttons
Time to complete: 3 1/2 hours
First worn: June 2012
Wear again? YES!
Total Cost: ~$11
I’d like to say that I’m far more calculating and this week’s challenge corresponded with a planned vacation, but the truth is that The Sew Weekly editorial calendar is not completely based around my schedule. Not only did I not have a vacation planned, but I didn’t even start and finish this outfit until the morning I left for a one-day trip to Lake Tahoe.
It may not surprise you all, but I don’t have a lot of activewear. So when my plans called for some fly fishing, I knew that this week was not going to be about a cute little 1950s dress. Of course while I could have just put on jeans and a T-shirt, nothing I do is ever that simple. Instead I decided to tackle this playsuit from 1953.
Let me just say right now that I’m declaring this summer the SUMMER OF SIMPLICITY 4337! There is just something so fun about a playsuit. If I was eighty years-old I’d say that playsuits are pretty darn smart. Actually, I’ll just say that now: playsuits are pretty darn smart. This one, in particular, is casual and comfortable but still feels like me. And the seersucker made it a total lightweight delight to wear while fishing (I actually put on waders when it came time to actually fish and not just pose with the rod).
The construction of the playsuit was quite simple. As noted in the facts, it took only about 3 1/2 hours to complete. If I had actually read the pattern instructions instead of simply saying “I’m so cool, I don’t need to even glance at them!”, I would have realized that I needed to insert a casing for the elastic waist. I didn’t realize this until I tried on the finished playsuit and wondered how in the world I managed to make the thing so wide and baggy. After checking out the pattern instructions, I realized my error. The playsuit is still a bit larger than my size, but I actually liked that it was on the looser side. Dare I say that activewear should actually be comfortable?
And yes, I know that my plaids don’t match at the bodice. Despite how much I sew, I always forget to pay attention to my matching when cutting and sewing. I didn’t even realize that they didn’t match until I looked at the photographs.
Even though I’ve written about my brooch before, I just have to call attention to it once more since I love it (I also love that I could wear an accessory while fishing to retain a little bit of style.)
About the photoshoot. This was the first time I’ve ever fished and was quite blown away by how much I liked it. Like sewing, I was able to get into a very zen-like zone where I didn’t have to quite think about what I was doing and, instead, was able to have a pretty clear mind. While this isn’t a revelation in any way (wait… you’re saying fishing is relaxing? No, really???), the similarity to my sewing did surprise me. And isn’t life full of surprises?