I’ve always been such a fan of rompers! So when I saw the yoke on the Boardwalk, I knew immediately I wanted to make it into a romper.
I played around with the idea of making it knit, but ultimately decided to make it all cotton woven and chose this gorgeous lace for the yoke.
I loved my mint romper, but it was just a little too plain, so I added some embroidery to the leg. I’ve never embroidered anything before so I did a little Googling and took a leap of faith, but I’m WILD about the way it turned out!
To get the romper just the way I wanted I mashed the Boardwalk pattern with my Kudzu pattern, but I’m sure it would work with most romper styles. The only real pattern piece changes I did were to lengthen the rise on my pattern to accommodate a shorter yoke so it would still fit her through the torso.
I kept the yoke pieces in Ella’s size, but I lowered the necklines on the front and back. The pink buttons really popped against the lace.
I sewed the bottom to the yoke and cut the armholes using the curves from the Boardwalk pattern pieces. Then I finished the edges of the yoke with bias tape made from my mint fabric.
I made a snap crotch and sewed elastic to the bottom of the legs to gather them in. Ella says it’s super comfy and she begs me to wear it every day!
It took me just a few hours to create this beauty for my beauty. There were a few nervous moments, but I’m so so thrilled with the way it turned out! Such a sweet summer outfit all ready for the warm weather!
One thing I’ve really enjoyed about blogging is the different people I’ve gotten to meet along the way. A few weeks ago I was approached by a pattern designer named Lucy Blaire and she asked me to participate in her Lucky Girl Dress blog tour. Talk about flattery! I jumped at the chance because I LOVE the dress.
I’ve since checked out all of her stuff and I just adore it! The animal patterns are at the top of my list of things I need to have! I mean, I’ve got 4 kids and she’s got 4 animals and I just need to have them! But back to the dress…
It’s adorable, right?! And so, so easy to put together! I really didn’t change anything from the original pattern, I just made my skirt 2 pieces instead of the intended circle skirt because I didn’t want upside down owls on the back.
The Riley Blake knits are really some of the best that I’ve worked with. They’re uber soft, don’t shrink a ton in the wash, and that dress seems like it’s the most comfortable dress ever made!
I enjoyed playing with the print on the sleeve cuffs. The owls are just the most precious!
My only issue with the dress was that I found it to run big. I was making it for Ella and she fit perfectly into the measurements for a 3, so without trying any of it on, I sewed the 3 and it was big on her. She could wear it, but there’s definitely room to grow. But it fits Chloe like a glove and she’s in a 5. Ella was bummed she didn’t get her owl dress, but I’m going to hack the pattern and turn it into a hooded shirt with a kangaroo pocket for her and she’s SO excited about it! Plus, I’m sure in November when it gets cold again she’ll be able to wear it, so it turned out for the best in the end since I get another season out of it!
I got to kick off the blog tour and there’s plenty more to see the rest of the month!
AND one lucky reader will win some great prizes from Riley Blake and Lucy Blaire! 2 yards of this amazing black aztec print, 1 yard of the aqua for contrast, and a copy of the Lucky Girl Dress Pattern! And all you have to do to enter is sign up for Lucy’s newsletter in the box below.
You have until midnight on February 26th to enter. Winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!
**I received fabric from Riley Blake and the pattern from Lucy Blaire for free. The opinions in this post are completely my own.