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!



  • monkeysocks - That is so. cute.! I love the fabric and style. And the fit is amazing, which is why I never go near any RTW rompers/playsuits/jumpsuits etc, as the odds of getting the proportions perfect is sooo small, and you’ve totally cracked it!ReplyCancel

  • Erika - Adorable! I want one now…ReplyCancel

  • Amanda S. - This is SO cute! I love all the little details you added, especially the bias belt.ReplyCancel

  • Alessa - It turned out lovely! I love the little details, the waistband, the front buttons, the crossed straps…ReplyCancel

  • Samina - Beyond adorable! You look fantastic in it. If I had an outfit that looked this great, I’d want wear it every day for the first month!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Okay, this turned out just absolutely spectacular. And I love the “action shots” at the beach!ReplyCancel

  • liza jane - Very cute! I love the ribbon at the waist. It’s such a nice detail.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - It looks great Sunni, it’s a perfect fit and you totally rock the romper look! I also embrace the fair skinned look! xReplyCancel

  • zilredloh - It’s soo cute! I think the bias red strip was a good call at the waist, too.

    I haven’t worn shorts since High School since I really don’t like them nor feel comfortable in them. After seeing your romper, makes me want to make on myself (but perhaps I’d convert the shorts to a skirt.) heh

    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration! I bet you were the cutest person on the beach. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • msmodiste - Oh, it’s perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Stacie Kimrey - Love, love love the hat…is it vintage or new? And the romper turned out great!ReplyCancel

  • karen - Absolutely gorgeous make and photos! LOVE the hat.ReplyCancel

  • Claire (aka Seemane) - Absolutely adorable on you Sunni!
    Love the fabric, the pockets, the waistband details – s’nothin’ left not to love :)!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - gorgeous! i love that you used seersucker for the finished piece – it’s really light & summery, but it doesn’t look too twee at all. i don’t blame you for already wearing it twice; it’s fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - Simply perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Uta - Totally cute! I love the ribbon idea; I always fiddle with belts and they never seem to sit right. I would have thought rompers too juvenile, too, but you have definitely changed my mind!ReplyCancel

  • Debi - YAY! I absolutely LOVE it!!! And double yay for pictures out and about in Utah–such a beautiful state! I look forward to seeing more it coloured with your fantastic creations! Oh, and I also love your new blog header!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - What a fun idea to have little adventures when you take the photos for your newly sewn pieces. My husband will love that idea when I pass it along. Your romper looks super cute and perfect for a day at the water. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - AAAHHHH!!! I love it! It’s so perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne - What a cute little romper. Looks good on you too! the seersucker is really a fresh and cool look.ReplyCancel

  • fangaroni - So cute! I’m not a big romper fan, for myself, but the romper looks great on you! The “action shots” are awesome by the way, and the giant hat!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Takakuwa - The romper came out great! Thank you for spending so much time making a wonderful blog for your readers. I have been enjoying it for some time now, although this is my first comment. Enjoy your summer 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Casey - I love how your romper turned out!!! Taking time to fit and really pay attention to the silhouette paid off; this is possibly the best romper I’ve seen to date. 🙂 Bravo–it suits you to a “t”! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Jane - That is simply adorable in every detail! I am so sad to have reached an age where I have to say ‘oh, if I was ten years younger…’ but I think there really is an age limit on adorableness like that 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Mr. S - a smokin hot beach babe! You slay in that romper. I have to say i’m sold on the seersucker… You’re pretty amazing that way. Can I take more Pics pretty please? :pReplyCancel

  • Jeanine - Looks fantastic! Lovely styling and the bias belt waist dealie is totally cool!ReplyCancel

  • Paunnet - This is just adorable! You look great in it and it seems so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Ana - I just came across your lovely blog! I read all your post about this romper and I think it came out great. It’s looks great on you, too!!ReplyCancel

  • Brenna - I just saw your romper featured on BurdaStyle and recognized it from reading your blog. Looks great!ReplyCancel