Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Romper

A little change this week from the usual skirt or dress that I make my dear Elizabeth. I wanted to try something different and push myself in the sewing dept. So I decided to make a romper for her to wear this summer while we are running around. And I used a new material that I have never tried. ELASTIC THREAD.

Have you tried using this stuff? If you haven't go for it. There are so many options and it is a quick alternative to regular elastic which you usually need to cover or make a casing for. I wasn't sure how the elastic thread worked so for those of you that are new to this idea here is how you use it.

On your sewing machine the regular thread goes on the top. Then I actually hand wrapped the elastic thread around the bobbin and inserted it into my machine. Once that is done sew like you would regularly. The elastic thread works best on cottons or silk/satin/polyester. Not to be used on stretchy fabrics. You can use it to make ruffles, finish sleeves with a little flair, or in this case create a waistline.

I didn't have a pattern for the romper I just used pattern pieces and ideas from other projects. For the bodice I used my Little Lizard apron dress top (I doubled the length). Then I made a band for the middle and used the elastic thread. Next I used a pair of Lizzy's shorts and cut a shorts pattern from that. Then I sewed all three pieces together. Finally I made 4 strips for the ties on top, added little cuffs to the legs of the shorts, and ruffles along the front top because I love ruffles.



I am really happy with how it turned out, especially for not having a pattern. Another one of a kind piece that I created all by myself for under $10.

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8 comments:

Kimie Pie said...

totally cute!

Mimi said...

That's adorable! Can't wait to try this myself.

Rolled Up Pretty and Cut Off Thoughts said...

THIS is DARLING!!! So cute, I love this. I need to make one :) Found ya from Today's Creative Blog, happy Tuesday!

AmieAnn said...

You are A-mazing! The fact that you made this.. and without a pattern is soo impressive! Love it .. it came out absolutely adorable! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/06/pink-hippo-party-34.html

Princess Muhmah said...

Super Cute! You're inspiring me to get my craft room clean so I can start creating again. P.S. I'm the one who asked you, after R.S. on Sunday, what your blog was called.
-Kari

Kelli said...

I have been thinking about making one of these for my daughter and had stalled out on the pattern making...you've inspired me. Great job!!

AmieAnn said...

Love this! Thanks soo much for sharing with my Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!..
I am your newest follower!

elizabeth said...

I love rompers on little girls!!!! Darling!