Girls’ Purple Playsuit

Pattern: Butterick pattern #B4176 ( currently in stock ) Retails for $10.95 but the Butterick website has very frequent sales, and as of this writing is being offered for $6.57, or $5.26 for club members.

Fabric: Mystery fabric from my grandmothers stash. Seems to have some cotton in it, but I suspect it is a cotton/poly blend. Lightweight, a bit translucent under certain light, fluid drape. In the photos the color looks ambiguous, but in person it is a solid purple.

Notions: Gütermann thread (Polyester sew-all color #320 Dusty Rose) button, rosettes, and bias tape are all from Joann Fabrics

Extras: The bizarre discoloration on her arms are actually Berenstain Bears temporary tattoos.


If her gap-toothed grin is any indicator, First-Born is pleased with this new addition to her wardrobe in spite of its flaws. She immediately called dibs on this purple material after rummaging through the box of old fabric given to me by my grandmother. I decided an easy summer play suit would be a comfortable way to use this in her wardrobe. After completing the project, however, I must concede that this material does not look appealing in a bottomweight (in my humble opinon) application. The shirt is lovely, but the pants look like scrubs. I also initially made the waistband elastic too loose, hence the bottoms looking like long pants instead of capris in the above photos.

I also noticed lots of rippling in the seams, even though I lowered the tension on my machine to the lowest setting. In future, I’ve learned this weight might work better if reinforced with tissue paper while going through the machine.

All in all, this fulfilled her childish fancies and need for comfort in the summer heat. This was an easy and quick project (as advertised on the pattern sleeve) and I look forward to using this pattern again.20180807_090143

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