Remember those rompers that we all wore in the 1980’s? I think I spent an entire summer wearing little cotton jumpsuits with elastic leg openings and ties on the shoulders. Use this free sewing pattern to sew this nostalgic and easy little outfit for your little girl. This little romper uses only a yard of fabric and it’s soooo easy to make! The free pattern template includes sizes 12 months – 6.
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A few years ago I decided to make some little rompers just like that for my youngest daughter. I used cotton quilting fabrics and extra wide double fold bias trim.
Free Girls Romper Sewing Pattern
This pattern is designed for woven fabric that is at least 44” wide. If you fabric is narrower than 44”, you will not be able to fit the pattern piece for size 6. Please check!
Sizes include 12 mo, 18mo, 2T, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
You will need:
one yard of fabric
less than a yard of 1⁄4 inch elastic
2-3 yards of double fold bias tape (1/2” wide when
Put the Pattern Piece Together
The pattern will print on 9 sheets of regular paper and must be taped together. Make sure that ‘page scaling is set to ‘none’ or 100%. There is a 1’’ square with the first part so you can verify that the pattern is the right size.
Tape the pattern together along the pink lines. Cut out your desired size along the black lines.
1. After washing, refold your fabric with the fold along the grainline and the right side on the inside. Lay your pattern piece on the fabric and cut 2 pieces at the same time.
2. Cut out the correct lengths of bias trim and elastic using the tables above.
Cut 2 pieces of bias trim and 2 pieces of elastic. You will need to cut two more pieces of bias trim in step 3 of the next section .
Sewing the Romper Together
All seam allowances are 1⁄2”. Finish seams with a zig zag stitch or serger if desired.
1. Since you cut your pieces out with the right sides together, then now you don’t even have to separate them. Otherwise, place your pieces right sides together. Stitch down each long curved edge (the front and the back).
2. Open up the romper so that the seams are running up the center front and back, and pin the crotch together. Stitch.
3. Cut strips of bias trim to fit the top edge of the front and back. Wrap trim around the edges and pin. Stitch.
Insert a scrap of ribbon under the bias trim in the back for a tag, if desired.
4. Use the pieces of bias trim cut previously (see Cutting) to bind the armholes and make the straps. Fold each piece of trim in half to find the center. Pin the center of the strap at the bottom of the arm hole, wrapping the trim around the fabric edge.
Pin the trim along the arm hole areas. Fold the short ends of the trim in.
Stitch along the edge of the trim starting at the end of one strap and sewing. along the arm hole and all the way to the other end.
5. Press the bottom edges to the inside 1⁄4” and then again 1⁄2”.
6. Stitch close to the inside folded edge, leaving a 1⁄2” opening to insert elastic. Cut two pieces of elastic using Table 2 to determine length. Insert through casing using a safety pin. Stitch ends of elastic together and stitch opening in casing closed.
I hope you love it as much as I do!
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