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Monday, February 20, 2012

The ‘Sparkling Diamonds’ Romper

The Facts
Fabric: 1/2 yard black cotton and 2 yards cotton print ~$18
Pattern: McCall’s 6331 $1
Year: 2011
Notions: Zipper $2
Time to Complete: 5 hours because of the muslin
First worn: For the photos
Wear again: Maybe... see below for more details
Total Price: $21

I’m no Nicole Kidman, but when going through Oscar nominated movies from my collection, I had the genius idea to make a romper, inspired by her first scene in the movie Moulin Rouge!
I’ve been wanting to make a romper for a while and happened to have this one in my stash.  It was going to take a little work as it wasn’t in my size, but I could see the potential in the design with the front flaps that looked just like those in her outfit in the film.  I wasn’t going to make an outfit covered in rhinestones, but I did find this print that reminded me of the original garment.
The pattern was actually a Misses/Teen design so not only did I have to grade up a size, but I found that the romper had little room for my behind.  Which was funny because it had plenty of room in the bust area.  Are teens supposed to have big boobs and flat bottoms?  Well, this was one of the few times that I knew a muslin would be mandatory.

I increased the pattern by one size, but also added more room in the seat of the romper.  I also increased the torso length by an inch as I had a feeling it would be short.  Good thing - it now fit perfectly.  I disassembled the muslin and cut out my fabric.  In order to make the front flaps fold down in black, I actually lined the whole top portion of the romper.  It seemed to provide better construction and stability in the top.
Would I wear this again? Wellll... maybe.  I’m disappointed in the pattern overall though I think my modifications helped.  I think I’ll be more likely to just try another romper pattern.  Though I am thinking about making a wrap skirt to go with it, for a little more coverage but also to make it more wearable.  It’s a fun outfit but not entirely practical.  It’ll be great in the summer for lounging in the backyard, but the colors don’t convey a summer feel. 

So my original intent was to take pictures on a swing as Satine descended into the room on one.  Well, I didn’t account for a packed park on a beautiful Bay Area day.  Just as we settled ourselves at the swing area, a herd of kids ran over to use the rest of the swings. So it’s gonna be like that, huh?  Well a packed park of kids and their parents does not a comfortable model make.  So we went to a quieter section of the park to continue, and eventually retreated back to the house.

What I Watched:
The Tenth Kingdom (2000)


  1. Very nice! Looks good on you too. I like the contrast of the black at the neck line.

  2. That romper looks great on you. I am getting more confident with fitting patterns that aren't exactly my size. But I don't think I could buy a pattern for teens and size it to look anywhere near normal on me!

  3. You have me laughing about the park modeling. That is so something I would do. I think it is cute as is, but if a wrap skirt would get you more wear out of it, then it is a great idea.

    1. I told my hubby as we approached 'ok, the plan is to take pictures by the swings, but if it's crowded, we're leaving. Just act normal' lol

  4. I love the romper, its so stylish and as always, fits you beautifully. I shall have to investigate the teen line, I have a couple of those vintage teen patterns and a full bust/flat bottom combination so maybe I won't need to adjust as much as I thought. Although I'm above average height, I have a really short torso so I like teen/petite for the smaller back length.

  5. I adore your fabric, the whole outfit infact.


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