It’s a #DIY Romper Refashion!

October 4, 2014

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the original tag still attached), complete with massive shoulder pads, lots and lots of fabric and a very unfortunate, outdated shape.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 :)

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  • bowsandblush

    amazing diy! so cute! love your blog xx

    October 4, 2014 at 7:24 am Reply
  • salomematsaberidze

    wow great DIY idea :) like your blog and following you of course

    Please check out me very first Blog post !!

    October 4, 2014 at 10:28 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you so much!! I will be sure to check out your blog, too! :)

      October 4, 2014 at 11:16 am Reply
  • funkyfashion007

    I’m loving this refashion! This came out great! :)

    October 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, I’m already getting so much wear out of it!! :)

      October 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • Thrift Outfit

    Wow! fantastic!

    October 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm Reply
  • SweetCandyDreamer

    wow, it looks great :-) Well done x

    October 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm Reply
  • Alexa

    Nice work! Really creative! I bet you could make something really cute out of the top too.

    October 5, 2014 at 1:04 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Alexa!! I actually started an attempt on the top (to turn it into a stylish tank top), but there were too many aspects I just didn’t like and it didn’t work out. :)

      October 5, 2014 at 7:21 am Reply
  • Nout @ SandpaperKissesBlog

    love it love it love it! Really great refashion, Kristi! amazing!!

    October 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm Reply
  • Posh Prime

    So cool! You make it look so easy, but great job!

    October 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, Megan!! It really wasn’t too hard once you break it down into manageable steps! :)

      October 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    This is such a seriously cool diy! You had such a great vision for that …erm…awesome 80s outfit! And I love it!!

    October 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm Reply
  • Erika ~ Erika's Style Diary

    I am seriously in awe of your amazing abilities. Between you and Project Runway, I really want to learn how to sew and make stuff like this!

    October 7, 2014 at 10:31 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, thank you! You should totally learn to sew, it’s actually a really useful skill because I can do my own alterations! :)

      October 7, 2014 at 11:06 am Reply

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