Four days left until the FabricMart challenge begins! I’ve been sick for the better part of the past two months, so I have had the perfect excuse to just lounge around looking up inspiration pieces and online shopping aka fattening up my stash in anticipation. I also managed to sneak in some sewing time, about 15 min every morning for a few weeks, until I finished this M7167 romper.
The fabric is a ponte de roma from Joann’s. Because I chose to go with ponte, and this one is a little thick, I did not line the bodice as the pattern instructed me to. I bias bound the neckline, arm holes and the hem – which used up exactly one package of single fold bias tape.
I also skipped the interfacing at the waist because the last time I interfaced a thick knit, it made my waist look very bulky, so no thank you. It seems to be holding up fine for now but we will see as time goes on.
I am, however, pretty proud of the bias bound V neckline on this. I had the biggest fear of V necklines for a while but I found this straight forward looking tutorial full of step by step pictures on Burda and decided to give it a try. It sewed like a dream and looks pretty clean to me 🙂
As for the sizing, I cut a size 10. Some people size down one or two sizes for the Big 4 and this pattern in particular, but I saw one review by MrsCharisma who made this romper for her daughter in size 10. Her daughter is a lot more slender than me so I thought I shouldn’t try to push my luck by trying to size down at all. Sometimes I totally lie to myself and sew smaller sizes than I should, which defeats the whole purpose of learning to sew…
The fit is not perfect. I took in about 5/8″ from the side seams and 1″ from the back tapering down. The crotch is a little high or tight (not sure the right term). It feels fine when I stand straight, but any bending down, and it’s not too fun. I have some nasty 100% polyester ponte I accidentally bought as part of my shopping spree which I will use to try to test the shorts fitting issues with later. Other than that though, I love the style and the pleated shorts.
As I was looking up ways to style the romper, I found a very similar style on LOFT (the place other from fabric stores that takes all my money):
I really like the high neckline!
Also love the way this blogger styled their romper (will add a link as soon as I do reverse image Google search):
I don’t think I could really pull this look off but I need some ideas to make this work for fall as summer is almost over!!
Anyway, be back soon for the FabricMart challenge!