Hollywood-Sewalong: The Notebook – Part 3

The Notebook Playsuit by thisblogisnotforyou.comHurray! It’s time to reveal our final garment for the “The Notebook”-themed Hollywood-Sewalong!

Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Make sure to check out the other girls’ posts, too:

Courtney from Makesphere

Amy from Sews N Bows

Hannah from Made with Hugs and Kisses

Freya from The Dressmaking Diaries

Nina from Inchworming

Jennie from Jagged Rose

If you joined the sewalong, leave me a link to your post in the comments, so I can add you to the list!

First of all, let me throw a bunch of pictures at you! Here we go:

The Notebook Playsuit by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe Notebook Playsuit by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe Notebook Playsuit by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Just a quick recap (you can read the full blog post on my inspiration here): My garment was inspired by Allie’s cute red playsuit (which she only wears in a very short scene in the movie).Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I kept a similar neckline, just without the lapel. The shape of the white front panels inspired my topstitching in the front (which also has the function of holding the facing in place):

The Notebook Playsuit by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe Notebook Playsuit by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I also loved the blue button-front dress and it definitely inspired the fabric-covered buttons and the matching narrow belt I made using the same fabric.
Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.comHollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.comI drafted the pattern for this playsuit myself. I based the bodice on a shirt dress and changed the skirt part to shorts. After trying on my first muslin, I had to add some extra length in the waist (I wasn’t able to sit down before, haha!). This was really the only chang I had to make to my pattern. The second muslin magically fitted perfectly and I could start cutting into my fabric.

Remember the striped lightweight cotton fabric I wanted to use for this project? Headache!

Hollywood Sewalong: The Notebook by thisblogisnotforyou.comCutting out the pattern pieces was just so unbearable that I thought I had to scrap the whole thing and start all over again. Well, that was a week ago and I was in no mood of going fabric shopping.

I then had the glorious idea of using the left side of the fabric. After Mr Thisblogisnotforyou gave me his thumbs up, I was crazy happy about the idea and started sewing full of motivation again. Best idea ever! So, what you see here, is actually the left side of the stripey headache-y fabric!The Notebook Playsuit by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I thrifted this cute Laura Ashley cardigan a month ago. When I saw it in the store I thought it was just perfect for this 1940’s themed project! The Notebook Playsuit by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe Notebook Playsuit by thisblogisnotforyou.com

When I presented the finished playsuit to Mr Thisblogisnotforyou (making a little happy dance), he remarked that I looked like a retro girl from a harbour town. (I still don’t know what to think of this!)

Although looking very retro is perfect for this challenge, I was afraid that I might not wear this make “in public”. I then combined the playsuit with my favourite belt, which makes it look a bit more modern (ever so slightly). It will also look great with a pair of oversized shades and a messy bun!The Notebook Playsuit by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe Notebook Playsuit by thisblogisnotforyou.com


Happy Sewing!

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  1. This came out gorgeous!
    Such a clever idea to flip the fabric and get it a bit muted :)
    It looks perfect with the cardigan (awesome find!), and you should definitely wear this playsuit as much as you can this summer, you look fabulous in it!

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  3. I LOVE your whole look. My favorite thing is the sweet neckline. And it looks UNITA modern to me- with a vintage flavor. Very nice!! I’m going to update my post- looks like we have another sew-a longer:)

    • Thank you Amy! I love the neckline most, too! I saw a similar neckline on an ASOS playsuit a little while ago and needed to try this! It makes the whole thing look a bit softer and less like a shirt – which I like :)

    • I love yours and I thought it was rather clever to use a zip! A playsuit can be quite a nuisance if you have to go to the bathroom, and one with buttons is even worse :D

    • Thank you, Sabrina! Alright, I’ll try to get the “retro” and “harbour town” out of my head :D

    • I always thought I could never ever pull that off, but I actually really like the playsuit now. Thanks for your lovely comment!

    • Aww, that’s nice to hear – although I think all the girls did a wonderful job! I surely can’t decide which one is my favourite!

  4. Hi charlie! I’ve benn following your blog for quite a while now. Congratulations on your work! I love your outfit!I think you can still wear it on holyday, at the beach or in the park. It could go well with a pair of platform sandals, just like Ali was wearing when she first met Noah. ;)

    • Hi Christina! I’m so glad you enjoy reading my blog! Thanks! We don’t have a beach near us, but I go to the park alomst every day – I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer, to take my playsuit for a walk ;) Wearing it with platform sandals is such a good idea!x

  5. This is god damn adorable! I want this so bad… you look gorgeous. You can really see how the original costumes have inspired you, but it is so unique at the same time! you really should wear this all the time xx

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