I just finished a sweet new romper for my lil’ princess:
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.
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.
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|
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.