Lisa makes the perfect summer playsuit
I’m back this month with my favourite summer playsuit. It’s the Margo Playsuit from Sewladida Vintage. This is actually my 3rd of this pattern that I have made however it’s the first time I’ve used lace.
Browsing online recently and I came across a RTW dress in bright yellow lace that I really really liked. Now, obviously as a sewist, I wouldn’t dream of buying a dress would I? (Well not at the price they were trying to charge anyway!) ;). I did have some reservations about the yellow as it’s really vibrant and I definitely wouldn’t have chosen anything this daring before I started sewing my own! I then started to wonder whether the yellow dress would get much wear what with the iffy weather in this country but knew that this would be perfect for my holidays!
Anyway after much procrastinating (did I tell you I’m queen of procrastination and my old neighbour nick named me Last Minute Lisa ☺) I decided the Margo would be perfect for the lace. So I made my wish list and chose the yellow crepe to line the lace with and the lace for the outer.
When it arrived it did not disappoint! It was just as gorgeous as it was on the picture on the Sew Crafty Website. I quickly got it pre washed and dried and set to work. I got to say the fabric washed and ironed beautifully. Looking at the fabric it is scalloped on both selvedge edges so I decided that I would trim off the edge just leaving the scallop so this would then form the hem of my shorts.
I started to cut out and realised that because its stretch lace it was gonna be a slippery little fella but tacked it into place using long basting stitches on the diagonal and this worked really well.
The first thing to do is the shorts and they came together very quickly. Once the shorts were done I knew I was gonna love this suit. To reduce the bulk in the seam allowance I trimmed away the lace between the crepe.
I decided that for the bodice I would treat the crepe as the bodice lining as per instructions rather than try and fit another lining in as well. I made sure to under stitch as much as I could wherever possible to stop the crepe from rolling to the front side and this worked really well.
I opted for the lemon invisible zip and I was relieved that it went in first time and lined up just right. Whenever I put in an invisible zip into a garment with a waistline seam, to try and get it lined up when I get to the second side I zip up the garment and I use my tailors chalk to put a mark on the zip at the waist seam line then all I need to do is line it up with the waist seam and (fingers crossed) it lines up perfectly. I generally tack the zip in then zip the garment up to check my cross points. Once I’m happy they match I go ahead and stitch it in.
And as you can see it lines up
All that was left then was to wait for a day when the sun decided to come out so that I could get some nice sunny photos to go with my lovely jumpsuit. Well fortunately this weekend we got a day!! I wore this jumpsuit out to go shopping then went to our local reservoir for pictures. I got so many compliments whilst I was wearing it. I definitely think it’s going to be a fab holiday outfit for my imminent trip to Mexico.