Let’s Play- the Pleated Playsuit

Pleated Playsuit free pattern from Elephants and EleganceWe had the chance to pattern test Elephants and Elegance’s new pattern. The Playsuit is sized 12 months to 9 years.

The best part she’s offering it as a free download! And you know free patterns make us feel a little like this…..

Pleated Playsuit free pattern from Elephants and Elegance

Before I send you running wind in your hair style over to Heidi’s page I’ll give you a peek of the version I sewed up for M.

I pulled this fabric from the stash, I didn’t have a lot of it, but it was happy and bright. It’s called Marmalade, that makes me smile.

Pleated Playsuit free pattern from Elephants and EleganceThe pattern features a pleat in the front and back, which is really easy to do! Shhh don’t tell. She’s wearing some bubbles by this point, no worries right?

Pleated Playsuit free pattern from Elephants and EleganceI accented the back and pocket with a turquoise I had on hand.

The trickiest part of this pattern for me was not the sewing. It was the tracing. The bodices and the facings sit layered on the pattern sheet- which is great-saves space! But may I recommend not trying to trace those pieces while not looking at the guide, late at night, and tired. You may end up with some odd pieces.

And if you do happen to do that. Don’t cut the fabric you have less than a yard of while repeating to yourself this doesn’t seem right. Stop and check those instructions. Just you know in case…that would ever happen to someone.

Pleated Playsuit free pattern from Elephants and EleganceI added a little piping to the pocket instead of using the lining as an accent. The fabric is so busy I wanted a little something more there.

Ready to make yours? You can grab your Pleated Playsuit at Elephants and Elegance.

p.s. We’ll be back with a tutorial for this top on Sunday.

Peasant top

Happy Sewing,





{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Amy Mayen May 31, 2013, 12:19 pm

    Yours is the cutest play suit I’ve seen yet!! I didnt notice the pleat detail as much until i saw your playsuit, i love that feature! i can’t wait to see the tutorial on that top too.

  • Pam June 1, 2013, 5:29 am

    Love the bright, fun fabric!!! I have a photo of my sister and me, both wearing playsuits very similar to this. It’s a black and white photo, so I’m not sure of the fabric colour, though.

  • Ajaire June 1, 2013, 7:28 am

    I love this version Rachel! I’m thinking of making one this weekend. Are the op and bottom one piece or do they get sewn together? I’m thinking of doing something similar to yours with different fabrics on the top and bottom or back and front. Did you have to alter the back?

  • Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com June 3, 2013, 8:28 am

    That turned out great!! I love the fabric, so fun 🙂

  • Cindy June 3, 2013, 10:31 am

    That fabric is perfect for a little girl’s romper! I like how the turquoise looks against the print on the back and on the pocket. Pretty!

  • Esther F. June 4, 2013, 7:22 am

    Oh my, this is sooo cute! Love the fabrics that you have used!

  • Renee June 4, 2013, 7:24 am

    So cute! Your little girl is adorable. Your warning sounds like me!

  • Katie Goldsworthy June 6, 2013, 7:11 am

    So cute! I love the material! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

  • kathleen babbitt June 10, 2013, 7:24 pm

    when my sister was little we bought these similar play suits. the only difference was there was 5 rows of sew thin elastic at the waist and the pant legs had elastic in them. ! brought back memories. she is having her first grandchild soon I think next year I will have to bring the past to the future! I loved your little girl she looks so comfortable and happy!

  • RaeAnna June 17, 2013, 2:50 pm

    Super cute! I love those bright colors!

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