[DIY/HACK] The Romper-Dress

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First things first, I know some of you technically saw this blog last week as I worked on typing it up and WordPress decided to publish instead of save. I’m SO sorry about that, but I’m human and not perfect, ya know? Next – I was going to say a quick “Happy Anniversary” to myself and this blog – we’ve officially hit one year! There’s been a lot of learning, a lot of change and a lot of sewing this past year! I’ve met so many more people, gotten some of the best (and weirdest!) compliments and tried things I’ve never tried before. I jumped head first into being a pattern tester, have joined some unique challenges, and made decisions to pursue some incredible opportunities. I even had my son go to camp in a mom made shirt and have another camper recognize my blog name (how crazy!). I’m sitting down and thinking about the last year and ahead to the next year, so please let me know what you liked, didn’t like or would want to see in the coming months! Do you enjoy posts about new releases/pattern tests, themed blog tours or general projects I’m doing for myself more?

It feels weird to be writing up a post about a piece that I’m not sure is a win, but I’m not sure is a fail. I’m sure you’ve seen some of these floating around on the interwebs – Pinterest, Instagram, various stores. Well, I had the thought stuck in my mind and a small romper obsession happening, so I got to thinking about what I would want. I decided I wanted to branch out from my usual designers and went for the New Horizons Bayside Romper, which was recently updated. I wanted to do the bodice hack that switches the front and back so the crossover is in front, but I was also trying to get it done before an event so I went with the straight pattern. I graded my sizes, added a full belly adjustment and slightly lengthened the front bodice – all usual alterations for me. I followed the tutorial exactly up through attaching the bodice and shorts.

From there, I measured the circumference of the shorts and subtracted a few inches so that it wouldn’t completely meet in the front. I added seam allowance and checked the length for my height. This is where I ran into some trouble. I hemmed the edges and realized once I was done that I had hemmed to the wrong side. Since I was in a rush and didn’t want to pick it out, I turned that over and hemmed over the hem – if that makes sense. This lost me some of the width of my skirt. I then matched the center of the skirt and shorts and pinned the skirt onto the shorts, making sure the front opening was even. I treated it as one piece and continued with the instructions to attach the bodice and add elastic. Once I tried it on, the rectangle skirt sat weird and I made the decision to curve the skirt hem and make it a slight high-low. I cut the curve and hemmed (again).

After all that, I didn’t wear it to my event (though I did wear a me made romper!), because I just couldn’t make up my mind about it. I love the idea, I like the Bayside romper fit and I like how my fabrics coordinate together. I’m not sure if I like the two different fabrics for this garment, it almost seems to take something away from it. I’m also not sure if I like how far apart the skirt is on the front. What do you think? Is it a win or a fail or somewhere in between? What would you do to improve it?

See you next time, until then – happy sewing!

Pattern : NH Dublin Dolman
Fabric : Joann Sandwashed Modal | Sincerely Rylee Mily Rayon Crepe (no longer listed)


  1. I think it’s a fail. I don’t think it’s your execution, though. The sample photo with the two fabrics on the blog post is problematic, as well. I love the shot from behind that gives it the appearance that it’s a two fabric dress. So, it’s not your fabric choices, nor is it your sewing skills or construction… I think it’s just not a combo that works for that type of garment.


    • Such a thoughtful response, thank you! I think I’m leaning towards agreeing with you. It’s something about it all together that doesn’t work. My sister has a RTW piece similar, but all in one fabric print, which I think looks much better.


  2. I admire your sense of adventure when it comes to sewing. Looking at the pictures, I think the combo looks nice as a maxi dress but like @wordygirlct said, it somehow doesn’t work for the front. Is there a way for you to modify it so you can still use it?


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