Thursday, April 12, 2012
Thinking this "playsuit" was a bit of gamble (due to the trouser bit of it - though hardly fitted - and also because I thought I might look totally mutton - as in old, not deaf*/** - in a playsuit), I made up a muslin first. No need to have worried! This is a fab little pattern, which I first saw at The Mahogany Stylist (I really like so much of her stuff). From cutting out the pattern to actually taking the photos took an afternoon. It does say this pattern is suitable for beginners on the envelope, and I can see why...it was lovely and straightforward to make. And the trouser bit is perfect. And I don't think you have to be a whippersnapper to wear it. Made in a suitable fabric, it's quite dignified (but then, who cares...?)
Others have said that the bodice comes up way short on this pattern. Boy, were they right! My catch-phrase seems to be "I'm only 5ft 2", and now I find myself saying it again: I am only 5ft 2, yet I had to add a centimetre to the bodice length. I could have added more but if I had the usual bodice length for me, the crossover front would gape too much (usually I shorten the bodice on patterns, though). That has to be kept in mind. As it is, I can just about squeeze this on over my shoulders (from the bottom, up...you step into it of course). The shorts are pretty short, too. I didn't make them any shorter than the pattern suggested (and I'm only 5ft 2, as you know! Hehe!)
I really do think this pattern would suit lots of people. I would really like to make this up again, but in a longer version I could wear all year round. Mid-calf length, perhaps. I would make it in a floatier cotton maybe. The cotton I used for this version is a thicker cotton than my beloved Liberty lawn. I had this in my stash for years and I'm so glad I found the perfect pattern for it.
Roll on warmer weather!
*Mutt'n'Jeff means "deaf" in cockney rhyming slang
** Funny thing is, I do have hearing aids in both ears, as I only have 20% of what I should have in some tones.
By the way, the large-pocketed dress is postponed for a few days, as I realised I wanted muslin for the lining, and black interfacing, so I had to order them online.