the Retro Romper

Mr. S and I decided awhile ago that we wanted to show you more of my creations in action. You know, like wearing them to actual places and even landmarks and hideaways in Utah – which is also a treat for us, because many of the landmarks in Utah we have never been to. This past Saturday, we got out and took a small trip to Pineview Reservoir. This is a short 30 minutes up Ogden Canyon which is about 45 min –Β  1 hour away from Salt Lake City. Live in the northern Utah area? You should definitely check it out. A little bit of water, sun, sand and the surrounding area is just lovely. Can’t beat them Rocky Mountains.

I of course, could not wait to sport my newly finished romper. This is the 2nd time I’ve worn it and it is definitely a great outfit for summer. One full outfit in one. That’s the way to go. If you’re just joining us, I’ve been daydreaming about rompers for a few weeks now and this particular creation is made from Simplicity 6904, a 1970s jumpsuit/romper pattern. I made it from some red striped cotton seersucker that I got for a steal at Hancock’s. I’m going to do another post tomorrow on the inside, in case you were wondering, and even if you weren’t, I’m showing you anyway because I took a few pains to make sure it looked nice. Ha.

OK, let’s get down to brass tacks. For starters, I added some bias tape to the waist area to break up the stripes. Now, I love the seersucker – I’m crazy for it. But after I had gotten the shell put together and I did a quick try on, I thought it needed something. At first, I was going to opt for a belt, but with it being so hot some days in the summer, I wanted to keep things simple. So I added that bias tape and I think it does its job quite nicely. Next, I had purchased some ribbon especial because I’ve seen Novita add these little flags to her garments, and I loved it so much that I wanted to do the same. It kind of gives it more of a finished feel with a special attention to a small detail that I usually overlook and yet always notice on other garments that have them. A little whimsy, you know.

There were also some comments in my inspiration post that I wanted to address about those who might have a fear of wearing a romper. Now, I’m not saying that you have to take my word for it, but rompers can be sexy and sweet at the same time. Even Mr. S says so. I point blank asked him if he thought the romper was strange look for ladies. He said he didn’t think so. I agree – but I’ll say that even just 2 or 3 years ago, I would not have said the same thing. I’ve found that my own journey for authentic fashion has become much more all encompassing of many different styles that in former years I would not have dreamed of wearing. Especially a romper of this sort, as I’m such a fair skinned lass – which I’ve learned to overcome in the past few years and actually now, consider it just a different form of beauty.

Also, the rear end. Someone pointed out that all of the inspiration images that I had posted did not show the back side and that side tends to be the side that looks bad in comparison to the front. I have to agree after seeing quite a few RTW rompers – they’ve usually got a crotch depth problem going on in the back. Seeing as that’s the beauty of making your own clothing, the back side of my romper, I feel, looks quite good. At least, I’m pretty happy with it myself having fixed the crotch depth on mine.

That’s a wrap friends! I do hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip to the water hole with me in my romper – I know I did! Happy Monday and all my best in trying to keep cool!




29 thoughts on “the Retro Romper

  1. That is so. cute.! I love the fabric and style. And the fit is amazing, which is why I never go near any RTW rompers/playsuits/jumpsuits etc, as the odds of getting the proportions perfect is sooo small, and you’ve totally cracked it!

  2. Beyond adorable! You look fantastic in it. If I had an outfit that looked this great, I’d want wear it every day for the first month!

  3. It’s soo cute! I think the bias red strip was a good call at the waist, too.

    I haven’t worn shorts since High School since I really don’t like them nor feel comfortable in them. After seeing your romper, makes me want to make on myself (but perhaps I’d convert the shorts to a skirt.) heh

    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration! I bet you were the cutest person on the beach. πŸ™‚

  4. gorgeous! i love that you used seersucker for the finished piece – it’s really light & summery, but it doesn’t look too twee at all. i don’t blame you for already wearing it twice; it’s fantastic!

  5. Totally cute! I love the ribbon idea; I always fiddle with belts and they never seem to sit right. I would have thought rompers too juvenile, too, but you have definitely changed my mind!

  6. YAY! I absolutely LOVE it!!! And double yay for pictures out and about in Utah–such a beautiful state! I look forward to seeing more it coloured with your fantastic creations! Oh, and I also love your new blog header!!

  7. What a fun idea to have little adventures when you take the photos for your newly sewn pieces. My husband will love that idea when I pass it along. Your romper looks super cute and perfect for a day at the water. Congrats!

  8. So cute! I’m not a big romper fan, for myself, but the romper looks great on you! The “action shots” are awesome by the way, and the giant hat!!

  9. The romper came out great! Thank you for spending so much time making a wonderful blog for your readers. I have been enjoying it for some time now, although this is my first comment. Enjoy your summer πŸ™‚

  10. I love how your romper turned out!!! Taking time to fit and really pay attention to the silhouette paid off; this is possibly the best romper I’ve seen to date. πŸ™‚ Bravo–it suits you to a “t”! πŸ˜€

  11. That is simply adorable in every detail! I am so sad to have reached an age where I have to say ‘oh, if I was ten years younger…’ but I think there really is an age limit on adorableness like that 😦

  12. a smokin hot beach babe! You slay in that romper. I have to say i’m sold on the seersucker… You’re pretty amazing that way. Can I take more Pics pretty please? :p

  13. I just came across your lovely blog! I read all your post about this romper and I think it came out great. It’s looks great on you, too!!

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