We have a special guest with us today for Tutorial Tuesday! Designer Julia Faye Davison has written a wonderful tutorial on how to make this adorable Summer Time Romp & Play Romper for babies. Such a cute, comfortable summer outfit with ties at the shoulder for easy dress time.
Made with fabrics from our exclusive Vintage Revival Collection, the Vintage Revival Chevron Cotton Jersey Blend and the Vintage Revival Floral Cotton Jersey Blend Knit. So cute!
Julia Faye shows you how to draft a pattern and sew your own romper with her thorough tutorial below. Read all about it and then go make your own!
Hello Girl Charlee readers! I love rompers for the summer time. They will not slide up like dresses do and Girl Charlee fabric is so comfortable for my daughter. Here is a tutorial of a ruffled bottom romper that ties at the shoulders.
What you need:
Tank top onesie in your desired size (I used 9 months)
5/8" base fabric
1/4" 1st contrast
1/4" 2nd contrast
1/8" interfacing (optional)
4 plastic rings (available at any sewing place)
3 pair of 10" or 14" snaps
Paper (I used packaging paper)
1. Trace around the front onesie (minus the sleeves).
8. Draw a straight line from armhole (about 2 1/4") and a parallel line from center front upwards at 3 1/4" (each size u or down add or take away 1/4").
9. Connect the curve from armhole to points drawn to center front. (as shown)
10. Copy the front pattern to make the back pattern, but add 2" to bottom opening and 1/2" to bottom side opening, and 1 1/4" to middle of leg opening. Connect the points to blend.
11. Cut one of each on the fold.
12. to get the ruffles for the back, measure the back pattern piece and times it by 4. You will make 5 pieces this long with a 2 1/4" width. Mine turned out to be 28" for a size 9 month.
13. Measure your armhole of front and back and add 3". 9M is 11". Cut two bias strips out this length with a width of 1 1/2". Then cut 4 parallel to the selvage strips at 10" by 1 1/2" for your ties (add 1/2" down or up for every size).
14. If you have a serger then roll serge one end of each ruffle and flat serge the other. Or you can turn hem under 1/4" or just leave raw (this type of jersey rarely frays).
20. Baste all ruffles down flushing at side seam.
24. Sew front and back together at side seam with a 1/2" seam allowance.
25. Finish leg edge and upper back and front with a flat serge, zigzag, or leave raw edge.
28. Next cut 2 elastics for each leg. threading it through with a safety pin and stopping 5/8" from the ends. Sew in place 1/4" from the end of the elastic. My elastic length for a 9M was 10 3/4". Add or take awa 1/2" for every size.
30. Thread elastic through as in step 28 and sew elastic in at the armhole seam (1/4")
Thank you so much for bearing with my first tutorial! If you have any questions don't hesitate to comment. You can find a lot of other rompers, dresses, and much more made by Julia Faye in my Etsy store.
We hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Be sure to check out Julia Faye's designs on her Facebook page and remember if you make something with our fabrics, we might feature it in our next KnitPicks. Email your images to gcblog(at)girlcharlee(dot)com. Until next time...
~The Girl Charlee Team