From Eva Dress, a Playsuit like Clare McCardell’s
Eva Dress has just released this pattern in multiple sizes 3613 from 1956, the year after Claire McCardell, who made playsuits the fashion, appeared on the cover of Time magazine, and the same year she came out with her book What Shall I Wear?
McCardell was an American designer known for her play wear and her ability to cut a cotton dress sturdy enough to cook in and pretty enough to wear to dinner. Unfortunately, she died before her time in 1958.
This pattern offers a playsuit that could also be a swimsuit, plus the required skirt to go over it. I say required, because no woman stepped off the beach in her swimsuit without adding some sort of stylish cover up from a sleeveless, triangle dress, to this kind of full skirt.
As with all vintage patterns, it is wise to make a muslin to make sure that it fits. When I was young and impatient, I never muslined and ruined many a fine piece of cloth. Now, I am old and wise ;-) and I muslin vintage patterns and cut very wide side seams for modern patterns.