FINALLY Sanibel Romper is Complete!

06-sanibelEven though the weekend was extraordinarily busy, I was determined to finish the Sanibel Romper project. So I burned the midnight oil and finally got it done (I was surprised at how much I hand left to finish on this one)…. just in time for the weather to really heat up making this project way to warm to wear right now (long sleeves and blazing sun don’t mix well – even if you roll the sleeves up).

Now that it’s complete, here are my overall impressions of this project:

  • This project is much “larger” that what it seems. From the PDF itself (98 pages) and it’s assembly\cutting material (which takes almost an entire day) to the actual sewing, this project takes quite a bit of time to finish.
  • There are lots of great details to this project (which is why it takes awhile to sew) that makes it look very ready-to-wear.
  • Considering there are so many pieces, the pattern comes together beautifully. The instructions are also great and very clear. Overall, the Sanibel Romper is very well designed. In fact, the instructions are so good that I think a beginner could tackle this project so long a they were willing to learn lots of new techniques.
  • I know that it’s a romper and is designed for a looser fit, but IMHO, this project runs big. I fall somewhere between a small\medium and opted to go with the smaller size. It still fits nicely in the arms and bust without being too tight. You may want to keep this in mind if you opt to try this out for yourself.
  • Sew this one up in a material that is very lightweight. I used a chambray for mine and feel like it’s still too stiff and bulky (if I had to do it all over again, I think I would opt for a challis instead even though it’s horrible to sew with). Plus all that chambry also makes me feel as if I am wearing coveralls or that I should be an engineer on a train somewhere.
  • I am not fond of how I look in this romper. For being a short person, I am fairly long-waisted, but this romper makes me look squatty. If I pull the “shorts” down, the crotch hangs too low and if I pull it up, I look like I have no waist at all. It took quite a bit of finagling to get it to look the way it does in the photo and honestly, I think it looks horrible on. And let’s not talk about how it looks from the back….. because it is a romper and the chambray is stiff and bulky I look very large from behind. If I was at a department store, I’m not sure that I would buy it off the rack.

Will I wear this? Yes, when it’s not so hot out (so my guess, this fall). I devoted a lot of time to this project and it’s not completely horrible on, but I’m just not in love with it. Would I recommend it? Probably. It’s well designed and could look adorable in a different material or even a different body type.



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