Make 1950s Playsuit-Back in the day (1940s & 1950s) playsuits were all the rage, so we decided to make 1950s playsuits for our "Summer Retro Party". Both playsuits functioned well and were comfortable all day. Check out the "Summer Retro Party" for a fun skit with a big surprise!
We made the white with black polkadots (above) first as a dry run, then made the red one with white polkadots (below). We filmed the process for a spring video on the thediyeffect.com. Check the blog for updates or subscribe for free e-zine of upcoming DIY's. Until then, check out the step by step tutorial below.
Make 1950s Playsuit
Inspiration below: The 1950s playsuit in the photo below is the vintage playsuit pattern we wanted to use for our 1950’s playsuit, but we couldn't find the pattern. We like the seam in the middle, zipper in the back, and halter top. Of course the skirt and romper were favorite parts of this look too. The idea that you could go to the beach, then put the skirt on and go to dinner was so cool back in the day, and still is.
Make 1950s playsuit
This skirt was so easy we didn't even use a pattern. Before making the skirt check out the video on "Sew Waistband" for a refresher on skirt waistbands..
Make 1950s Playsuit
Making the pattern
We used 2 yards fabric, co-ordinating thread, ruler, scissors, measuring tape, pins, fabric marker, measure gauge.
Cut out two pieces of fabric for the skirt ties. Each 24 inches long by 6 inches wide depending on your size of course.
Gathering: Sew two basting stitches 1/2 inch from the top and 1/2 inch apart, leaving a long tail on each end for pulling. Pull threads from each end to gather to the desired waist size.
Back seam: With right sides together, line up right and left side of skirt to create back seam. Sew together using 5/8th inch seam allowance.
Front ties- Cut 2 ties out using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. Sew around 3 sides, leaving one short side open. Clip corners or any excess fabric and turn right side out. Turn right sides out and press. The open end will be tucked into the front of the waistband.
Front Hem & Waistband:
Front of skirt, turn in 1/2 inch, press and turn another 1/2 inch, press, and sew.
Waistband: With right side of waistband facing wrong side of skirt, pin & sew to skirt.
Press open as shown here. Press the excess inward for a finished look.
Place the open end of the tie onto the waistband as shown here.
Close waistband, pinning tie in place.
Top stitch waistband, being sure to catch all the layers (skirt & waistband). Sew across the tie a couple times for extra strength.
Hem to desired length
Make 1950s Playsuit
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