The Vacation Romper pattern
“Let’s not speak much, but speak well”, would have said my Gran’. Nothing is easier than this pattern (apart from a scrunchie pattern!).
This pattern has only 5 pieces: 2 front-back, 2 bands for the armholes and one for the neckline/straps (+2 optional pockets*2). That’s all.
This pattern is meant for knits, but they shouldn’t be too stretchy otherwise the romper will end up falling down overtime.
I wasn’t really anxious with this pattern due to its shape.
My Vacation romper
According to the size chart, I was a L-XL-L. OK, that would be an easy blend, especially with the straight lines of the design.
The big problem came from my own fabric: I needed 10 cm more!!! My lovely splashing elephants were not meant to become a romper so I had enough fabric for my first project.
I always need to shorten my pattern pieces so I shortened 4 cm below the bust and 3 cm just below the widest part of the leg. Easy-peasy.
I opted not to sew pockets…what a stupid idea!!!
The only other modification I did was to add clear elastic in the straps at the shoulders. This romper has a ton of fabric so straps may sag overtime.
I cut the clear elastic the same length as the shoulder straps. I inserted it inside the fold, just before stitching. You can either topstitch over the elastic, using some stretch stitch or leave the elastic unstitched, as I did. Nothing tricky apart from pushing the elastic away from the needle while stitching the bias closed.
I also added some stitches at the junction of the straps and neckline.
I didn’t used my coverstitch. My sewing machine is really good at sewing knits and keeping them stretchy.
I find this romper to be really fun. The small elephanst are cute, but I won’t wear them outside the house. The rest of the family wasn’t really enthusiastic about my romper, but I like it a lot! I think that a floral romper would be cute, right?
What do you think of this romper? Isn’t it cute? I see lots of more classical rompers and I’d ove to sew one, but I’m afraid I might look like a Minion or a plumber…
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