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Remember this post way back in early March with the peek at the sailor playsuit I was making? I finally have photos of the entire outfit (thanks to my sister, who has nicely agreed to help me get photos of the rather large backlog of sewing projects I have yet to show here!). Isn’t it just the cutest?! lol. I used the 40s reprint pattern from Wearing History, some navy blue linen, and a whole lot of sneaking in the closet to reference details on Sailor Husband’s “cracker jack” uniform. I love the shorts and blouse look–yesterday (when we took the photos) was the first time I had worn them together. Although looking at these I realized I forgot the most important piece–the hat! Oh well… lol.

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There were a few alterations to this pattern; all small fitting issues that I make to most 40s patterns. Most noticeably, I shortened the crotch seam on the shorts; I often find in 30s and 40s slacks the length is far too long (especially for modernized streetwear). Another area I tend to tweak is the sleeves. Most 1940s sleeves I find too long and/or too loose in the upper arm (I have “spaghetti noodle arms” as I call them. A real pain to fit!). On this particular project I just shortened the sleeves an addition 1 1/2″ to a more flattering point on my upper arms, but I left the original width in tact. The final skirt length will also be a tiny bit shorter; since I have proportionately short legs I find that a knee length (rather than just-below-knee length as indicated in many 40s patterns) is more suitable. The only thing I don’t like about this pattern is the closure on the shorts. With the buttons on either side of the waist, it just doesn’t give me the “nipped in” look I’m used to. A small, piddly detail, but one that will nag at me a bit until I just get over it. lol.

For the curious: yes, I am wearing shoulder pads with the blouse! I lately have been adding some moderate (I don’t go for the Linebacker Shoulders Look) pads to various dresses and tops I make from 40s patterns, and let me say, they do improve the overall silhouette! I know I promised a tutorial on how to make your own earlier this year, and I haven’t forgotten. I shall have to do that soon as a dress I made needs some padding.

As always, there are plenty more photos here.

Not to start sounding like a broken record saying “thank you” over and over, but I wanted to say thanks for the sympathy over the family death I mentioned in the last post. If I could hug you all, I would. I have started to feel like this year has just been so weird and off-kilter, and that particular event just made it more so. Things keep going wrong, both with people and circumstances, and sometimes I feel like there is a little black cloud that has settled for the duration over the family. June is just around the corner, so maybe the latter half of 2010 will be a bit less dramatic and sad? Enough of my melancholy ramblings (I’m turning into a regular Eyore!). I hope you all are having a delightful Tuesday!

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May 25, 2010 · 41 lovely thoughts
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Bridget May 25, 2010 at 10:15

Oh Casey, this is great! I just found a romper that looks very similar to this at a thrift store…I’ll send you a picture when I get home!

Sally May 25, 2010 at 10:26

Oh lady, I’m so sorry to hear it’s been a tough year so far … and I can COMPLETELY relate. Here’s hoping we’ll both turn a corner.

The playsuit is too fabulous for words!

Jenni May 25, 2010 at 10:40

It turned out amazing! I love it!

Clare May 25, 2010 at 10:49

That is the cutest, Casey, and so are you. Darling.

Jesslyn May 25, 2010 at 11:03

It’s adorable!!

nancy May 25, 2010 at 11:06

What an adorable outfit. I’m green with envy! Well done, you! Linen is a very nice choice of fabric – cool, crisp, comfy!

And sweetie, you are not an Eyore; if you want to meet Eyore, you should read my blog starting back around Sept 09, when bad things started happening in my family! You have been gracious yet truthful. Nothing wrong with that. Here’s hoping for better times for you and your nearest-and-dearest.

Matilda May 25, 2010 at 11:12

The playsuit turned out really beautiful!:)
Many hugs!(or “många kramar” as I would say in Swedish:p)

Dalila May 25, 2010 at 11:13

Casey, The playsuit and skirt are fabulous. Great job! I also love your shoes and isn’t it great to have someone (your sis) to take photos for you? I wish I had such lovely help with my projects! Have lots of fun with her around!

Carys May 25, 2010 at 11:18

That playsuit is so cool, amazing photos!!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

jen May 25, 2010 at 11:28

casey, that is just too adorable for words – great work! that fit is so flattering.

i’m glad you are home and things are attempting to get back to normal – luckily your sister is there.

anyway, glad to have you back – i’ve missed you! :)

Sorcière Camomille May 25, 2010 at 11:41

Really nice and I love your hair, as usual when you have this nice hairdo !

Solanah May 25, 2010 at 11:44

Eeeeeee! You did such an amazing job! Looks fantastic :)

I know exactly what you mean about little alterations here and there, I always have to raise the waist (I’m awfully short waisted), and shorten the sleeves and hem. I read somewhere that the patterns were like that to accommodate to tall women, and the rest of us just had to alter the patterns. They also seem to leave a very large seam allowance! So I always buy patterns a size smaller than I am.

I love the little bit about you sneaking into the closet to look at your husbands uniform, thats just too adorable :)


Mugsy May 25, 2010 at 12:00

Squeee! Must. Have. Pattern. ;)

So sorry to hear about Hubby’s family member – just try and remember that they’re in a much better place now, and probably enjoying flitting around and visiting with all the family and friends that they can (yes, I believe in ghosts/spirits, and I believe they visit us – due to many personal experiences). Big hugs to all, and hope your Sister’s visit goes fantastically well!


Uta May 25, 2010 at 12:23

That is so cute! And great photos, compliments to your sister. My condolences to you and your husband; I hope things get better soon!

Tasia May 25, 2010 at 12:23

Adorable as always! Your styling and photo shoots really make the outfits come to life. Lovely work!

Sorry things are tough, stay strong! Hope things start looking up for you soon :)

Kitten May 25, 2010 at 13:36

Sorry to hear the bad news. On a happier note, I am totally loving the sailor playsuit, it looks absolutely amazing on you! Lovely details and blue and white is such a great colour combination, perhaps I should dig out that dark blue piece of linen I know I’ve got somewhere…You did a great job, and I’m now also looking forward to seeing all the other stuff you’ve made and not shown here yet! :)

Helen May 25, 2010 at 14:20

I’m really sorry for your family’s loss. 2010 is a weird year…but so was 2009 I thought!

This sailor outfit is adorable, I love the nautical look.

Pamela May 25, 2010 at 14:24

I love it! What a great outfit. My current desire is to make a button down skirt and jumper.

I LOVE your hair! How is the back done? Do you have a tutorial for it? It looks like braids.

Tilly May 25, 2010 at 14:57

Great to have you back, Casey, and on top form with that incredible outfit! I was thinking to myself the other day that I hoped you were okay as we hadn’t heard from you in a while – which is pretty bizarre seeing as we’ve never met and probably never will, but just goes to show what a lovely bond there is between the stitcher-bloggers.

fleur May 25, 2010 at 15:15

You look fab – so glad you’re back and ok. So sorry for your loss. Chin up, chick! xx

Billie Black May 25, 2010 at 15:26

Oh that looks so great! and the fabric looks realy vintage..I love it!

Annemarie May 25, 2010 at 15:32

Casey, I ‘heart’ your shoes. Can I ask what brand they are or where did you get them?

~Sherry~ May 25, 2010 at 15:42

This is so cute! And so fitting that you have a sailor husband!!

Shona May 25, 2010 at 17:49

You look Adorable. Fab outfit, Well done you!
Hey, it is quite ok to cry sometimes – let rip and do it in grand style if you need to, even if you can’t remember quite why! Sometime around the corner that little black cloud will have gone and you will be left a little wiser.

nicole May 25, 2010 at 18:11

Great to have you back Casey! By blog reel has been a little dull without you!

This Outfit is just too adorable for words!! I love it!
The navy outfit, tan shoes just go together beautifully!
I definetly agree the shoulder pads make it a little sharper, Thanks to my mum I have long been aware and called upon a little shoulder pad help, even when they were terribly unfashionable and trigger bad 80′s fashion flashbacks!

All the best for you and your family,

xxx Ruby Slippers

janet May 25, 2010 at 18:15

simply adorable! your sewn projects always end up so chic!

Victoria / Justice Pirate May 25, 2010 at 19:23

That is just really beautiful that you actually made that!!! Talent indeed! I love it!!!!

Marie May 25, 2010 at 21:48

This is inspired. That you sewed it yourself just amazes me. well done

Francy May 26, 2010 at 08:42

Ohhh, I am dying over this look! So cute!!

Celia Rose May 26, 2010 at 08:59

You look fabulous! I love the outfit, and your hair looks great too! I’d love a shoulder pad tutorial :)

Dixie May 26, 2010 at 09:30

This cutie was posted today on the My Mom the Style Icon blog.

Kayleigh May 26, 2010 at 12:21

This is so CUTE! I love the shorts outfit. The skirt looks great with it too. Your blog is so terrific.

Christina Thompson May 26, 2010 at 14:29

I’m sorry to hear about your loss. This year has already been a little crazy for me is well. That outfit is just so cute on you. You would probably look cute in anything.

Briana May 26, 2010 at 17:19

I have been following your blog for a while now and felt compelled to say that I love everything you post!
I do wish to know how your hair is done in the back! tutorial? I really love your video tutorials and I yearn for more!

Condolences to your family!

Bettys Closet May 26, 2010 at 20:15

So pretty and so worth the wait! great to have you back ox

Lauren May 27, 2010 at 11:46

Oh my gosh, I simply adore your version! In linen it’s divine! And, as always, you pull together the look perfectly :)
So sorry to hear about your family’s lost. I’ll keep you guys in my prayers. *big hugs*

Marcine May 27, 2010 at 14:47

So perfect and ever so flattering!

Jana @ Weekend Vintage May 27, 2010 at 19:38

Cute, Cute, Cute!!! I adore the detachable skirt!

Solenn May 30, 2010 at 11:12

So gorgeous suit and hairdo ! As usual you look beautiful ! The playsuit is absolutely perfect, I whish I was able to sew such a perfect vintage piece !
I really love your blog ;-)


Zohar May 31, 2010 at 03:30

Casey! that is gorgeous!!! I can’t believe you made that – you look so great in it. I personally like it better without the skirt but you look fabulous none the less.

tanya May 31, 2010 at 16:34

oh, that outfit is just too fabulous! i love the romper version most, but the dress is great, too. i want my own! i so wish i had your sewing skills.

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