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A Parfait variation

sarai in overalls

This is my new playsuit/overalls! I’ve been wanting a cute vintage style denim playsuit for so long. I’m generally a dress/skirt girl, but there are certain things that are just not as easy in a dress. Riding my bike is one of them.

At some point, I realized that the Parfait pattern would look awesome as a playsuit. Then I realized that I had this heavy, dark vintagey denim in my stash. And these awesome vintage red and white buttons. And a cherry print cotton that I bought at Joann in the 90s, which I used for the in-seam pockets. So this whole thing was kinda-sorta free.


cherry pockets

To alter Parfait, I just used a shorts pattern from the 1950s that I had and bolted that on to the bodice. The 50s shorts are a little odd, they tend to exaggerate the hips a bit which I don’t particularly mind, but it’s not a look for everyone.

I did the buttonholes in red, frankly because I ran out of the heavy navy thread I’d been using. But I like it!


Sarai Mitnick


Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.



June 3, 2009 #

hi, your pattern arrived today. i cannot wait to try them out! i am a pattermaker myself and in love with all kind of patterns. yours are made with so much love and care! i have never senn such a cute pattern sheet!



June 3, 2009 #

I love your patterns! Unfortunately, the links aren’t working under the “In the shop” section.


June 3, 2009 #

I know I already commented on your Flickr page about this, but it’s so cute! :) Now I’m kinda thinking I should give this a try myself… I’ve got a 1940s shorts pattern (needs to be tested/fitted)… hehe!

(Those buttons are killer, btw!)


June 3, 2009 #

those look great. i love the casual-dressy combination. and that buttonhole is primo. nice.


June 4, 2009 #

Those buttonholes are PERFECT! What’s your secret? ;)


June 4, 2009 #

Thanks everyone!

Roxanne, no secrets here! I just have a regular mechanical sewing machine and buttonhole presser foot. :)


June 6, 2009 #

I think I need to learn how to use my foot correctly and practice, practice, practice. Thanks for the inspiration. :)


June 8, 2009 #

oh that is adorable! i always love denim with red, and a playsuit, how fun! i think i need a playsuit in my life…


June 19, 2009 #

Oh my gosh, I love the play suit variation. You look ridiculously cute in it!!!


July 15, 2009 #

These are adorable!!

danni ridgeway

July 26, 2009 #

hia i am a fashion student in college.and i was wondering where i can purchase a playsuit pattern from . hope u reply xxx


September 6, 2012 #

You should do a follow up post showing how to use iris pattern for this, if the iris would fit the bill?