I totally have a thing for rompers. I pretty much think they are adorable on little girls, and make sure my girls always have at least one romper during the summer time. I don’t even care if the romper has snaps, or if I have to pull the whole thing down every time for potty and diaper changes. It’s totally worth it to me for the cuteness of a romper. And better yet, my baby is older this summer which means less diaper changes. So score for me!
This year my girls each have two rompers, one store bought, and one made by yours truly. What do you think about this nautical romper?
Here’s what you need:
- elastic (I used 3/4” for the waist, and super skinny elastic cord for the slit in the back of the romper)
- fabric marker
- sewing machine/accessories
Depending on what size you are making, you’ll need to cut a piece off the bottom of your tank. For this 4T sized romper, I cut four inches from the bottom. It really depends where you want the waist of the romper to be: empire, true waist, or more around the hips. I’m going for a true waist.
Based on where the waist is going to be, figure the length of the shorts. For 4T I did a length of 10 inches. This accounted for the hem of the shorts, as well as the inch overlay where the elastic is going to go. Figure out the length, and then 1.5” to it to account for both of those things.
The width again, is going to be a personal preference. You need to be sure that the two different leg pieces put together will equal the width of the bottom of the shirt at the bare minimum. I wanted the shorts to be a bit of an a-line, so to account for that, I went a bit wider. Each of my leg pieces for a size 4T were 10” x 22”.
Take each leg piece and cut out a crotch. You can do this by using an existing pattern piece that you already have, or by laying a pair of shorts of the same size, folded in half, to give you the angle.
Take each leg piece and hem up the bottom.
For each leg piece, pin right sides together and sew the small seam from the crotch to the bottom of the short. This will not be a very long seam.
Turn one leg piece right side out.
Place one leg piece inside of the other leg piece, with right sides facing.
Sew along the entire crotch seam.
Now when you pull one leg out, you’ve got yourself a pair of shorts.
Lay out the tank, and place the shorts underneath it, lining up the middles. Mark where the top of the shorts and the shirt are the same width.
Cut at an angle from your mark, to the bottom point of the short piece – on each side. This will give the a-line angle.
Now sew up those side seams on the shorts. Finish the top edge of the shorts while you’re at it.
Finish along the bottom edge of the tank. This is not necessary, since knit doesn’t fray, but I think it gives a more finished look and will help when attaching the tank and shorts.
Iron down the very top edge of the shorts.
Mark about one and a quarter inches up from the bottom of the tank. This is where you are going to sew the first part of the casing to attach the tank and shorts.
Turn the shorts right side out, and pin to the tank, lining up the top edge to the marks you made.
Sew tank and shorts together.
Turn the romper inside out, and sew again along the bottom edge of the tank. Leave a two inch opening. This is creating the casing for the elastic.
Measure the waist of your little gal, and cut a piece of elastic to this length. Use a safety pin to guide the elastic through the casing.
Overlap the ends of the elastic about half and inch to an inch, and sew together. Sew the casing shut.
Since the elastic has to be pulled up and down over the hips, we need to open up the back of the tank a little bit to allow more room. Or you could put in snaps if it’s for a younger child or baby.
Hem in the slit, inserting a small piece of elastic cording to make a loop.
Hand sew a small button to catch the elastic loop when the romper is being worn.
Hand sew some buttons to the front of the tank for a decorative look.
Finished! Do you love it as much as I do?
I love how the casing, combined with the a-line on the shorts, gives the romper a bit more shape.
And buttons just make everything cuter.
Of course, I have a coordinating disease, and made three rompers so that my girls all had one. I didn’t end up making a casing on my youngest’s, but it still looks pretty darn cute!