Playsuits! Throughout my twenteenage years I have wanted a playsuit, specifically one that doesn’t make me look like I’ve been rolling around in a swathe of polyester and then hunched it through my crotch. They’re a difficult one to pull off, especially for normal human beings with average proportions (which begs the question, why do they make them? I don’t know). I know some darlings who, like it or not, look fabulous in a playsuit, however ballooning the shorts maybe, however loosely drawn the waist, however shoddily sewn-on the buttons. Personally, the looser and baggier the damn thing is, the less I want to wear it. Topshop have recently got this baby for a whopping £50:
And, while I applaud on every level the desire to look like Margot Leadbetter on an over 50s cruise, you don’t always want to give that impression.
This one, from Asos, is pretty nice:
Cons: It sort of looks like the sleeve has been viciously torn off. And it’s shaped like a sack. Oh, and it costs about £200. Oh for that sort of
Then I saw this, confirming in my mind that fashion is deliberately cyclical and the oldies are always the goodies:
An original 1950s pattern, image courtesy of Sense and Sensibility Patterns’ brilliant image resource page. That is what I call a playsuit. Classy, bit Greco-Roman, very holiday cruise, fabulous!
I have a 1950s dress pattern with a similar top (which I made for the Cologne dress in taffeta that I have yet to get good images of) of the playsuit in the background, easily adapted for one shoulder. Or I have a basic top pattern that could be redrawn.
I also have a shorts pattern that I have customised from a Burda trouser pattern (also on the Cologne wardrobe list). If I extend the waistband of the shorts up slightly so it hits on the natural waist exactly (at the moment it’s slightly below) then I can make each part up separately and join them together.
The sorts of fabric suitable: something with good drape, nothing too stiff, no patterns (too much detail), single colour, probably dark.
Or not, because that would be boring and I’m in love with this. Soft crepe in coral, £5.49/metre from myfabrics.co.uk.
Paired with these:
Astonishing. And also at £120.00 from Kurt Geiger. Gulp. And some gold chains to be super, extra, unbeatably trashy. Unnecessary and utterly wonderful. Might have to make it now.