Hello, friends! Remember that awesome refashion I shared on Thursday? Of course you do. (It’s this post – here – in case you really have no clue what I’m talking about.) Really, how could you forget this
horrific awesome article of 80’s fashion??
Yeah, so, anyway, let’s get to the tutorial!
As you can see, the jumpsuit was a fabulous piece of work straight from the 80’s (with the original tag still attached), complete with massive shoulder pads, lots and lots of fabric and a very unfortunate, outdated shape. It also had, however, a great pattern on the pants, and plenty of fabric for a refashion!
Step one was clearly to remove the blouse portion of the jumpsuit (goodbye, shoulder pads, you’re welcome, world!) and then hem the pants into shorts.
After cutting off all of that voluminous leg fabric, I was left with two large tubes of fabric with which to transform my new shorts! I took each of the leg pieces and cut them open at the side seams, creating four panels of fabric. I set one aside because I only needed three panels for the top – one for the back and two which will overlap to create the front.
I then took my pieces of fabric and pinned them to my dress form to figure out the shape and draping of the top of the romper. Once I was happy with the general look, I measured how much I was going to need to hem, or cut off of, the bottom of the panels and then I got to cutting.
As you can see, I cut a good 5 inches off of each panel. That smaller, narrower piece on the left we’re going to set aside for later (hint, hint: it’ll be used to make the straps!). In the meantime, I took my three panels for the top – two front and one back – and pinned them right sides together, serged and stitched.
I now have one long panel of fabric to create the top of the romper. I threw this on my dress form one more time with the shorts to get the drape just right and cut off any excess fabric from the front panels, which I overlapped and folded under to create a V front.
I wanted to make sure the neckline wasn’t going to be too low, so I spent some time carefully tugging, tucking and pinning the top in place. Once I was sure I had a shape I liked, I cut off the excess fabric and put it on my table for pinning, serging and sewing.
I pinned the right sides together all the way around the waist where the top and the shorts met. I kept and encased the original elastic waist from the jumpsuit because, well, I am lazy. Lucky for me, it totally worked, and it only added the teeniest bit of bulk to the waist, which isn’t noticeable thanks to the gathering.
An important note if you are ever sewing an elastic/stretch/gathered garment: make sure you pull it taut as you sew so that the stitched seam will be secure without losing the stretch. (I also serged the new raw edges of my overlapped front pieces – I love my serger!)
Remember that extra piece of fabric we set aside earlier? I cut it into two strips which I then ironed in half and then in half again lengthwise to create the spaghetti straps (like making bias tape), which I simply top-stitched because I am way too lazy to sew them into tubes right-sides-together and then try to pull back through right-side-out (if you know what I’m talking about, you know it’s a pain in the butt).
Once my straps were all sewed up, it was time to try on my romper and position them in place, hem the shorts and add a teeny little hidden snap to the front of the top (because I am not about to let those overlapped flaps fly open!). And, um, that’s it!
Voila! A new-to-me romper refashioned from a thrifted $2 outdated jumpsuit! I hope you were able to follow along with all of that, and I sure hope you enjoyed it! I pretty much made this romper right in time because it has been HOT this week/weekend, like, no joke, it was 97 degrees yesterday. Where, oh where, is fall? I have a feeling I will be living in this light, airy romper until temps cool down.
How’s the weather where you are? Made any fun/interesting refashions lately??
As always, thanks for reading!! Love & rompers, Kristi :)