Hurray! It’s time to reveal our final garment for the “The Notebook”-themed Hollywood-Sewalong!
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:
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).
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):
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.
I 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!
Cutting 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!
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!
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!