I've been wanting to make my own romper for quite some time. Rompers are a big trend this year, I love them because they look nice but they're so very comfortable. I had shopped around and came to the conclusion the ones I was finding were never in a print I liked, too expensive or just not functional for my everyday life. Plus I suffer from "nice butt syndrome" meaning, it's not flat so most rompers were made short and did not cover my booty well enough!
So I set out to make my own!
I found pattern M6083 from McCall's, it has several variations to choose from, including a jumpsuit. I only paid $1 for mine on sale at Hancock's, they normally have patterns on sale. If what you want is not on sale, give it a week and check back!
Once I had my pattern, it was just an issue of finding the right fabric. I knew I wanted a nice jersey knit so the romper would be soft and have that wonderful give t-shirt quality fabrics have. I looked at my nearby fabric stores and did not find anything I liked, nor did I like the prices, at about $14-$20 a yard for fashionable prints.
So I set about online and finally landed on Girl Charlee fabrics, I waited a few days while I continued to shop around but ultimately came back to Girl Charlee because they had the prints I wanted and at great prices (between $6-$8 a yard). I picked this blue geo fabric and fell in love when it came in, it's super soft! They don't carry this print anymore, it sold out, but they have many amazing prints as well as solids.
Some things I love about this pattern:
The cinched elastic waist, it's a small enough detail to be wearable just as it is or place a belt over. Plus, making it myself, I was able to measure my elastic out to fit my shape, no uncomfortably tight elastic!
Gathers on the shoulders, they give it that wonderful drape. It makes the garment look more put together and gives it some dimension so it doesn't look flat.
Pockets! And they're big pockets, you can actually carry more than pennies in them, unlike most of my jeans. Or little gold dinosaurs can ride around in them.
The pattern is easy to follow, it takes a little extra work due to the pockets, gathers and attatching the top to the bottom. It's worth it to take this one slow and make sure you line everything up properly. I chose to leave my top a little more open, so it's drapery and not tight. I just wear a bandeau or tank underneath, but it could also be used for a swimsuit cover up, if desired.
I have fabric waiting to be made into the strapless version! I just have to make the time to, you know, sit down and make it.