Back in June I found some beautiful blue and white geometric pattern that begged to be made into a dress post to come next week. My purpose at the store was actually to find some material for an outfit for my son as I had already made his cousin Moxie a cute sundress and made matching outfits for his other three cousins!
The pattern for this romper is based on one from Rob Merrett’s book Cute Clothes for Kids. As the original romper pattern was for 3-9 months I ended up enlarging it to accommodate my 18 month old.
Unfortunately as I cut the pattern out I realized that I should have gotten more than just 1 yard and so had to do some trick work with the layout in order to get all the pieces cut out. Note to self: boys clothing takes more yardage than girls dresses.
Finally I got all the pieces cut out and began to sew. I was all but ready to cut the button holes, had my son try the outfit on, and discovered that I had forgotten to lengthen the straps when drafting the enlargement. Out comes the seam ripper! After ripping out the bodice seems I cut the back straps at an angle and inserted the new-lengthened straps. Then, I decided that since I had the bodice seams out I might as well insert some white piping along the seam. As you can tell it definitely adds the right vintage touch to the outfit!
I found some cute little anchor buttons for the shoulder straps and some coordinating accent buttons for the back piece. After modeling outfit pieces for his cousins my son loved stepping into this sailor inspired vintage romper and totally understood that I had made the romper for him! Seriously the proud look on his face was priceless!
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Photography by Robert Bruette