Sunday, June 16, 2013

Vintage Inspired Summer Playwear

I absolutely LOVE vintage children's clothes! They have simple but flattering lines and the colors are fun and attractive to children. This week, I decided to upcycle a pair of vintage pajama pants that I thrifted for around $5. It's the yellow/pink floral print on the playsuit seen above- and isn't it an adorably vintage print??? I fell in love with it on sight and knew I had to make something summery for my daughter out of the light cotton/poly material. Luckily, it was a size large so I had plenty to work with!

This is the pattern I used for the playsuit, pictured on the right. However, I didn't band the bottom hem because I learned from a previous experience (the rainbow romper) that my daughter hates anything scrunched around her skinny legs. So I left the hem loose and wide and sewed some rick rack trim around it instead. I think it still looks great and when she put it on, she loved the loose comfort of the entire outfit. I didn't photograph her as she wasn't home today (she totally lucked out and doesn't even know it!) but I think these pieces look great with or without a model in them! 

For the neck, I decided to make it even easier for her to slip it on by simply running some elastic through a bias strip and attaching to the shoulders. She simply stretches it out to slip her head through and no strings to tie and get knotted in her hair!

I love rick rack trim. 

And I love this print! I wish I could've found the matching top to the pants but I did have enough material to make a diaper cover for the next outfit- plus a little extra for a future project- yay!

This next one is a cross back pinafore dress/top. I made it for my daughter but then realized it would look wonderful as a dress on my younger niece so I made a diaper cover to go with it.

The top material is from some thrifted fabric. I also used it to make a rosette pin to enhance the diaper cover. I just think it's adorable!

I used the vintage lace trim from my previous thrifting expedition to edge the leg openings.

And added ruffles to the bum because a girl always needs those!

Just adorable, isn't it?

I love the cross back feature. It makes it easy to put on and can fit an infant as a dress on up to a 5/6 year old as a top- which means many years of use! 

Hope you enjoyed seeing my vintage-inspired playwear! I'm working on some fabric scrap projects later this week so I'm hoping that post will be up by Wednesday! Til then, happy sewing!

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  1. You did such a lovely job! I think both outfits are adorable, but the ric-rac trim on the playsuit is just perfect!

  2. Awesome....!!!!!!!!! Thanks for posting such a beautiful idea.

  3. Your playsuit is adorable!!! I just love that fabric! Come link up in our Romper Week!

    1. Thank you RaeAnna, I will definitely do that!

  4. So adorable! I love the vintage playsuit, it is just so stinkin' cute!
    Heidi @

  5. These are so cute! I'm stopping by from the blog hop. I hope your having a happy Monday.

  6. Two VERY cute outfits! The ric rac goes brilliantly! Great work.
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  7. These are so cute!!! I want the floral romper for me!

    1. I want the floral romper too! Did not have enough material though but will be on the lookout for something similar now! =)

  8. Adorable! I think I actually have this pattern! May have to try it now.

  9. Very cute, love the thrifted fabric! The cross over back is amazing. I might have to try one for my daughters. I'm coming over from Sew Much Ado. Thanks for sharing! sherri(at)threadridinghood(dot)com

  10. That romper is just too cute and I love the elastic neck--great job!!!

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