July 21, 2011

Inside Look: the Retro Romper

Let's have a look at the inside story of my romper, shall we? Since doing my posts on Seam Finishing, I know that I said I was going to go through a few of my garments and show you the inside and what I've done to finish seams and such. Since my time is so limited, I thought instead, I could show you the insides of all of my future garments. So here we go!

Inside the Retro Romper



Just joining me? This is an inside look to my Retro Romper, made from Simplicity 6904 (a vintage 1970s pattern). It's made from cotton seersucker, which is a nice woven that doesn't fray too bad. The above is a general shot of the inside. The bodice was lined in a cotton muslin and finished off with a ribbon edging. Did I finish the seam allowances inside of the bodice unit - the parts you can't see now? The pattern called for topstitched seams on many of the seams that you see from the outside, which I did and so that was the extent of the seam finishing on the bodice. With enclosed seams and tightly woven fabrics, I like to keep things as simple as possible.

Inside the Retro Romper



The shorts area are underlined in bemberg rayon. I did this for two reasons: 1st because the seersucker was a little see through and 2nd because I wanted that area to skim the body, not stick to underthings and such. The hem is finished off with seam binding which has been slipped stitched to the lining. In the shorts area the seams are finished with my serger (I love my serger!).

Inside the Retro Romper



I had to use a hook and eye in the button area at the waistline because it kept gaping open in that area after I had put the buttons on. A waistline stay would probably have done the trick too, but I chose the hook and eye.

I think the number one thing I was looking for with this romper was ease of wearing. And it is easy to wear, not only because its an outfit all in one, but also because it breathes, its light and completely comfortable. Wearing it right now. So there you go. Hopefully this gives you some ideas and such about future garments and how certain methods can be used to finish off a garment. I've got another project that's almost finished too. If you don't follow me on Facebook, now's as good a time as any to start because I'm always dropping hints about upcoming stuff in the shop and projects I'm working on. Hop on over to see if you can't see what's up next!

xoxo,
Sunni
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10 comments

  1. It's just as lovely on the inside as it is on the outside!

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  2. Beautiful work! Seersucker says "summer" to me more than any other fabric. I've been dying to use some, but I can't find any in the classic stripes in my town! Ah well, next year :)

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  3. Outfits that allow breathing are important to me as well! I live in Georgia and the heat is sometimes so hard. I like this outfit!

    I don't think I am following you on facebook yet but will hop on over to check it out!

    Thanks!

    ~Living Dailies Sewing Publisher: Joanna

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  4. Thanks for showing us the inside of your jumper. I need to work on developing good habits about finishing seams as I sew. For my last project I completely forgot until the end! French seams would have been the way to go, but I'm well beyond that now. My current plan is to follow your tutorial for bound seams. Hopefully I've learned my lesson!

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  5. I love looking at the insides of things other people make :) The finishes are really nice! Looks very comfortable.

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  6. Very nice work! I love it when the inside of my made-by-me garment is nice and neat. Kind of the equivalent of wearing a great set of undergarments. :)

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  7. Wow ... that is absolutely impressive. It makes the thought of sewing even more intimidating to 'sort-of-a-sewer' types, like me.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Hey, thanks for showing us the insides! It's lovely on, in, and out. And it is instructive to see how it is so neatly finished.

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  9. Your romper project looks great, and I especially like the post where you showed how you altered the length of the body on the pattern--that is such a huge problem with most of these one piece patterns, I think.

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  10. Hey Sunni! The jumper looks very nice.

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