July 18, 2011

the Retro Romper

Mr. S and I decided awhile ago that we wanted to show you more of my creations in action. You know, like wearing them to actual places and even landmarks and hideaways in Utah - which is also a treat for us, because many of the landmarks in Utah we have never been to. This past Saturday, we got out and took a small trip to Pineview Reservoir. This is a short 30 minutes up Ogden Canyon which is about 45 min -  1 hour away from Salt Lake City. Live in the northern Utah area? You should definitely check it out. A little bit of water, sun, sand and the surrounding area is just lovely. Can't beat them Rocky Mountains.

I of course, could not wait to sport my newly finished romper. This is the 2nd time I've worn it and it is definitely a great outfit for summer. One full outfit in one. That's the way to go. If you're just joining us, I've been daydreaming about rompers for a few weeks now and this particular creation is made from Simplicity 6904, a 1970s jumpsuit/romper pattern. I made it from some red striped cotton seersucker that I got for a steal at Hancock's. I'm going to do another post tomorrow on the inside, in case you were wondering, and even if you weren't, I'm showing you anyway because I took a few pains to make sure it looked nice. Ha.

OK, let's get down to brass tacks. For starters, I added some bias tape to the waist area to break up the stripes. Now, I love the seersucker - I'm crazy for it. But after I had gotten the shell put together and I did a quick try on, I thought it needed something. At first, I was going to opt for a belt, but with it being so hot some days in the summer, I wanted to keep things simple. So I added that bias tape and I think it does its job quite nicely. Next, I had purchased some ribbon especial because I've seen Novita add these little flags to her garments, and I loved it so much that I wanted to do the same. It kind of gives it more of a finished feel with a special attention to a small detail that I usually overlook and yet always notice on other garments that have them. A little whimsy, you know.

There were also some comments in my inspiration post that I wanted to address about those who might have a fear of wearing a romper. Now, I'm not saying that you have to take my word for it, but rompers can be sexy and sweet at the same time. Even Mr. S says so. I point blank asked him if he thought the romper was strange look for ladies. He said he didn't think so. I agree - but I'll say that even just 2 or 3 years ago, I would not have said the same thing. I've found that my own journey for authentic fashion has become much more all encompassing of many different styles that in former years I would not have dreamed of wearing. Especially a romper of this sort, as I'm such a fair skinned lass - which I've learned to overcome in the past few years and actually now, consider it just a different form of beauty.

Also, the rear end. Someone pointed out that all of the inspiration images that I had posted did not show the back side and that side tends to be the side that looks bad in comparison to the front. I have to agree after seeing quite a few RTW rompers - they've usually got a crotch depth problem going on in the back. Seeing as that's the beauty of making your own clothing, the back side of my romper, I feel, looks quite good. At least, I'm pretty happy with it myself having fixed the crotch depth on mine.

That's a wrap friends! I do hope you've enjoyed this little trip to the water hole with me in my romper - I know I did! Happy Monday and all my best in trying to keep cool!


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