Thursday, June 21, 2012
A Sleep Romper from Two Shirts
Yesterday when I was looking for something to do in the evening, I came across this tutorial for a jersey romper. I've been getting clothes out to donate so I had a whole stack of shirts that could be made into something else! This turned out way better than I thought it would, and it was very easy despite the somewhat vague instructions. Totally worth a try if you have a couple shirts lying around that you don't mind cutting up and some basic sewing skills.
If you're thinking about making one, I suggest reading through the tutorial here, then coming back to read my suggestions below:
1. One thing that's not clear at the beginning is that you're going to need some thin elastic.. Enough to go over your chest and around your waist. That's if you decide to put elastic in the waist. I didn't because I don't think I could stand having something stuck around my stomach all night. I used about 26" of 1/4" elastic, but you'll want to measure over your chest where the top of the romper will sit (and around your waist) to find out how much you'll need.
2. For the bottoms, I used a pair of underwear as a pattern and cut very loosely around it, making sure that the part that goes between the legs was still narrow (no one wants it bunchy there .. I think that's all I need to say ..). I also did a small hem around the bottoms since I wasn't adding lace.
3. Add whatever embellishments you'd like! The button front and ruffles both came off of the shirt that the bottom was made out of, but you could easily make your own ruffles, add buttons, lace, or a fabric flower too. I think for my next one, I might gather the top in the middle.
4. Last tip: Try it on, try it on, try it on! I started trying it on and making adjustments from when I first hooked together the top and the bottom. This also helped with placing the ruffles, figuring out the most comfortable elastic tightness, and finding the right length for the stretchy straps I made.
Overall, this was a very cute and easy project! I plan on making another out of more extra t-shirts that I was planning on making into skirts. Have fun!