Sunday, 13 July 2014

Salme Playsuit Pattern Review

I've never really seen myself as the sort of person who would wear a playsuits/jumpsuit. Frankly there's a lot of pretty awful ones out there, but recently they've become a bit more stylish and flattering. So I put a playsuit on my list of things to sew for the summer, and after a bit of googling, came across this pattern from Salme patterns Etsy shop. They have some really nice looking everyday wear patterns and are pretty reasonably priced at around £4 ($6).

I used the navy cotton with white polka dots I bought from The Man Outside Sainsbury's at Walthamstow market, and although I thought at first it was a little stiff for a casual fitting item, after a few wears out and a wash I think it works rather well.

Pattern Description:
Playsuit Pattern. Beginner/Intermediate difficulty

Pattern Sizing:
 Size 4-16 US, 6-18 UK
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Phew
Were the instructions easy to follow?
 Reasonably, as there were no particularly difficult techniques needed. However I think for a beginner pattern it needed more guidance on which sides should be together when and just generally more intricate details. It assumes a reasonable amount of knowledge already, I only knew how to do a crotch seam from my pyjamas.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the end product, although I think there is quite a lot of room in the bodice. I like the ease of the poppers, but they refuse to lie flat. I think there could have been more diagrams in the instructions, and the two pocket lining pieces were different shapes but the same in one of the diagrams.
Fabric Used:
Navy polka dot cotton
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I changed the shape of the pocket lining number 1 piece to match the number 2 piece as I couldn't understand why they were different, as they were the same in the diagram.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I may sew it again, although I'm not sure how many playsuits one person needs! I would recommend it to others.
It's a really comfortable, cute item of clothing great for summer days and cycling, although perhaps not the most flattering due to the extra space in the bodice.
And here it is in action on a Boris bike!

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