There are a ton of different dress patterns available for baby girls, but not a whole lot of variety otherwise. I bought this baby girl romper pattern a few years ago knowing I would want to make it as a dress alternative for a baby gift in the future. The stars aligned when I put this fruit salad and gingham fabric combo together and knew it was time for this romper pattern to be put to use.
Skill level: This sewing project would be good for intermediate sewers.
Time commitment estimate: A few hours, depending on skill level.
To start: Make sure all fabric is prewashed before you cut it so you eliminate any shrinking that might happen after it’s sewn and then washed.
2. Thread – The only thread I use is Gutermann. Other brands have the little lip that always gets caught when I’m sewing and it drives me crazy. This would be a good investment if you need various colors for future projects as well. Otherwise just get a spool that matches your fabric.
3. Scissors – Invest in a decent pair of scissors (not expensive, just decent) and then don’t let anyone else use them. I had a sewing instructor in school harp on that constantly – everyone puts pressure in different areas of the scissors and you don’t want your alignment to get messed up. Fiskars is my brand of choice, and this pair looks like a great place to start. Also, don’t use them for anything except fabric. They’ll get dull quicker and there is nothing worse than trying to cut fabric with dull scissors.
4. Fabric – You’ll need some adorable cotton fabric for this baby girl romper. See instructions on back of pattern for amounts needed. I used contrast fabric for the ties at the side and the bottom cuff, but that’s optional.
5. Zipper – You’ll need a coil zipper like these. Check the back of the pattern for length.
6. Hook & eye – I like to use black size 2 (like these) for most of my projects, but silver is an option as well.
7. Romper Pattern – I used Simplicity pattern 5111 to make this romper.
The romper pattern was very easy to follow (gotta love Simplicity), and I will definitely be making it again. The dress option on the left in the photo above would be even easier, so I’ll probably be making that one in the near future as well.
My friend’s daughter is seriously the sweetest, cutest little thing.
I did a Project Runway style fitting (i.e., we put it on her and let her play) and had to hem the length by 3″. You can see how long they were on her in the photo below. But I just hand tacked the hem up so the romper can be lengthened again very easily when she gets taller.
Here are some toddler romper options out there to purchase in case you don’t have time to make one yourself:
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