A client contacted me to make a playsuit from a late 1930s pattern she owns.
After we looked at lots of modern fabrics without finding anything inspiring I suggested an early-mid 20th century style print, and she picked an adorable bows & flowers print in grey and yellow from Reproduction Fabrics.
I’m a huge fan of the yellow (so exciting to have a client who loves it too), and the print and colours are the perfect mix of pre-war innocence while still being fresh and modern.
To relieve the rather busy print, I used custom made white piping with a very subtle woven-in stripe, and graphite-grey buttons. I think this was particularly important on the front of the skirt, where I did a piping-bordered placket.
Isn’t the halter back of the playsuit clever? How it combines with the side-fastening of the connected shorts so that you can get in and out easily?
And the halter is so unexpected: we don’t usually think of them featuring in fashion that early.
To keep the halter modest, and for ‘less active play’ as the magazines of the time called it, there is a skirt to go over the shorts.
Inside both garments, I finished all the seams with French seaming, and completely lined the halter bodice in the same white voile with woven in stripe as the piping. The hems are done with a machine blind-hem stitch.
I just love it when the insides of garments are almost as beautiful as the outside. It’s like a personal present that only you know about.
I’m pleased to say that S. loves it, and it fit her perfectly (another feather to add to my ‘I did this without ever meeting the client’ cap), and hopefully we will see photos of her in it.
UPDATE: Now with photos!