Sewing Adventures – Pleated Playsuit

By Susan | Comments: 6 | February 10, 2014

I’m all about the stash busting at the moment and have so many projects finished up. Rather than one huge post I’m breaking them up or you would be here for days reading just one post.

pleated playsuit

So I want my stash busting efforts to not only reduce what I have but to result in things that are useful, needed or wanted. This one in addition to being wanted is just plain cute!

One of my nieces seems to have inherited the fashion gene and loves a good outfit. Previously I’ve made her this but when I saw the pleated playsuit pattern over on Petticoats and Peplums I thought it would be just the thing for my niece’s next outfit.

The pattern is free from Elegance and Elephants and it’s really cute. Slightly frustrating in that you have to print, tape and then trace which is time consuming but I also had a few issues with the pattern. Nothing major just little things like the lengthen here line is not in the same place on the front and back pant patterns. Thankfully I figured that out before I cut my fabric or I’d end up with legs different lengths. Like any pattern just be sure to check it before you start cutting your fabric.

Despite these few setbacks it went together very quickly (helps when you have the Olympics to watch while sewing). The fabric is a printed quilting cotton from the stash. This seems to be the never ending fabric. I’ve made at least 2 dresses, a top and numerous small projects and I still have miles of it!

I didn’t make facings but just cut the front and back bodice panels in a lining fabric of a lightweight printed cotton from the stash and fully lined the bodice. Much easier and less fussy than making facings. I also didn’t make my own shoulder ties but used some velvet ribbon from the stash.

So a very cute outfit made entirely from the stash! Slowly but surely am going to make a difference.


  • Gabrielle
    February 10, 2014

    That is such a cute romper, and lovely choice of stash fabric. The fabric looks familiar – I think I had some of this that I used in a dress for my daughter last year. I may even have some left too!

    • Susan Goodwin
      February 11, 2014

      Thank you, am not sure if she will like the floral but I think it looks sweet. It’s a lovely craft cotton and seriously it does go on for forever!

  • Kirsty
    February 10, 2014

    That spotty top that you made previously is just sooo cool! I love this little playsuit as well. What a fashion plate.

    • Susan Goodwin
      February 11, 2014

      Isn’t that spot just adorable? I don’t get to see her often so I’m glad I can make things and post them to her. Kids clothes are so crazy cute to make!

  • Claire
    February 13, 2014

    Oh this is adorable Susan – I want to make one for my niece!

    • Susan Goodwin
      February 13, 2014

      Thank you! Am sure you can find some ultra cute kid fabric in Hong Kong!

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Hi, I'm Susan. A designer living in Sydney, Australia.

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