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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.)

The Most Adorable Knit romper!

I have been on the hunt for a romper pattern for my daughter. I’ve been browsing commercial patterns and Etsy patterns, but I haven’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.  It was just what I was looking for.

The romper was actually pretty easy, though I made it more complicated than necessary by changing 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.  

I then created the straps with the bias strips I cut a few weeks ago. You can read about that project here.

The difficulty came 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. (This is not the easiest thing to do with a four-year-old.)

This little piece, which I cut off during one of the multiple adjustments, shows the basic shape of the armhole before the shirring.

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 happy with how this turned out!  

The fabric I used was some extra knit I had on hand. It came from Hobby Lobby last year; I bought it inexpensively with a coupon and have used bits 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:

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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!