Elliot Romper

I’m going to start off by saying: The Elliot Romper is not something that I would normally sew. But over the past year, my wardrobe choices have definitely leaned toward ultra casual and comfortable and so I thought I would give this pattern a whirl…. and I’m not sorry I did.

I’m going to start off by saying: The Elliot Romper is not something that I would normally sew. But over the past year, my wardrobe choices have definitely leaned toward ultra casual and comfortable and so I thought I would give this pattern a whirl…. and I’m not sorry I did.

This was my first time sewing with a Petite Stitchery pattern so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I will say that I’m not a fan of their PDF – this pattern seemed “jumbled” to me (the page numbers didn’t line up like I expected in the rows) and I had to reference the pattern guide quite a bit. Since I haven’t worked this company before, I’m not sure if it’s just this pattern or they are all like this.

As far as the construction process goes, I thought that the directions were good. The pocket is constructed differently that what I had expected and the instruction were easy to follow (and lots of photos to help you along the way too). The pieces also went together well and was a pretty easy sew, overall. There is a lot of binding to work with, so do allot your self enough time for that – even thought it looks like a quick sew, I felt like the binding took a whole afternoon.

What really surprised me about this pattern was the fit. I sort of expected that this might look baggy and unflattering, but it’s really not the case. I think because the neckline is lower and the sides are open, you can see that you have a shape underneath the romper – the fact that it fits nicely around the hips helps too. I wouldn’t call this a fitted romper by any means, but it definitely keeps your shape. I also think that the bandeau helps with this a lot. It is very fitted (in fact I probably could have comfortably gone up one size) and gives you modesty, but isn’t baggy so you lose your form.

I should probably point out a few things I did along the way and\or would do differently next time. First off, my intention was not so sew a solid romper. I had really wanted to make this in a fun print, I just didn’t have anything on hand that had a good, 4-way stretch except for a black bamboo French Terry. This particular fabric is a little beefier than other French Terry fabrics that I’ve been working with and found that it doesn’t work as well for binding. While it has plenty of stretch, it just doesn’t have the “drape” that I would have like to have seen on along the arm\back areas. I would highly recommend using a lighter weight material with good stretch and recovery for any of the bindings. Lastly, I started off making my romper with long pants. It looked cute, but decided that with warmer weather approaching (it’s going to be in the 80s today, woohoo!) I might get more use out of a capri length… so I shortened it. Once I took the length off, I had immediate regrets. Not only did the capri hit me in an odd place, the material wanted to ride up and I knew it would never stay in place… so, I added a cuff. Now it’s perfect!

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