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Knit Romper Finally Complete!

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I just finished a sweet new romper for my lil’ princess:

DIY Knit Romper (w/ tutorial link.)

I have been on the hunt for a romper pattern for my daughter.  I’ve been browsing the commercial patterns and etsy patterns, but hadn’t  found one I liked.  (Or one I liked enough to pay for…)

I finally came across this tutorial on one of the blogs I follow:  Girls romper tutorial from Crafterhours.  Just what I was looking for…

It was actually pretty easy, though I did make it harder than it needed to be since I changed up the style of the top.

DIY Knit Romper (w/ tutorial link.)

DIY Knit Romper (w/ tutorial link.)

I used one of my existing patterns to cut the arm holes and I sewed six rows of shirring instead of using elastic.  Then, I created the straps with the bias strips I cut a few weeks ago.  You can read about that project here..

The difficulty came in to play when I had to figure out the length of material I needed to cut for the top part of the romper.  We had to try it on multiple times and make several adjustments.  (Not the easiest thing to do with a 4 year old.)

You can see the basic shape of the arm hole before the shirring in this little piece I cut off in one of the multiple adjustments made.

I also decided to add an extra row of shirring around the waistband, but I sewed it on the wrong side!  ACK!!!  I am still not done picking that out.  See it?  Luckily it falls below the overlap of the top…:

Overall, I am very pleased with how this turned out!  The fabric I used was just some extra knit I had on hand.  It came from Hobby Lobby last year, I bought it very inexpensively with a coupon and have been using bit and pieces of it in several projects.

DIY Knit Romper (w/ tutorial link.)

I will definitely make another one (or two).  Next time, I am going to follow the tutorial directions for the top, but I will try to add a ruffle like this top from Old Navy:

And use this tutorial for the shorts:

Knot Short tutorial from Elsie Marley

Cute, right?

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  1. The Copes says:

    I just now stumbled onto this and I'm curious if you had finished that combo? Pics to share??

    1. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom says:

      I did make a ruffled halter last summer, here is the link: Heart Ruffle Romper
      I did not make any more rompers this summer since both the ones I made last year still fit! I have them on my list for next spring…

  2. Adorable! I love the fabric. Looks perfect for playing in!

  3. Great romper suit! Love the fabric choice! You did a fantastic job!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!

  4. That is adorable! I almost want to make one for myself, but I'm guessing it wouldn't be quite as cute on a grown up . . . but your little girl looks so cute!

  5. Yolanda @ Miss Refashionista says:

    Too cute, I also want to make the knot shorts.

  6. This is really cute 🙂

  7. A true DIY always changes the pattern! 🙂 Me, too.
    Beautiful princess.

  8. ⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ says:

    Jamie that is way too cute. I would love this outfit when I was her age. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  9. SO cute! Your model is darling! 😀
    And I loooove that combo on the bottom! Great idea!