I absolutly love summer clothes!! Rompers are my absolute favorite though. There is something that is just too cute about a toddler girl in a romper. I can’t get over it. When my friend Gabriella at Chalk and Notch released her Top Knot Romper pattern, I had to buy it! Kina still ran about 1″ too small based on the measurements, but I decided to make it anyway. I figured I could always take it in if it was too big.
This pattern is packed full of options. It is truly a pattern stash must have. It includes a shorts romper, trouser romper, tunic, and two dress lengths! Not only does it cover all the pants/skirt bases, it also included a long sleeve version as well! I sewed up the shorts romper version. Although it was a hard pick between that and the dress or tunic version. I know I will make those as well one day! The romper version features a front button placket, elastic waist, pockets, cuffs on the shorts and sleeves, and those absolutely gorgeous pleats! I am absolutely in love with those pleats. They are my favorite part of this whole outfit. They are such a fun and unique detail!
The sewing instructions were very clear and easy to follow. The pattern is packed with so much great info and tips along the way. There is detailed information on sizing and choosing a custom size. There is a handy print guide if you don’t want to print the entire pattern. There is a cut list and fabric layout guide. Everything is nicely put together and easy to understand.
I decided to use Cotton and Steele’s Bespoke double gauze for this romper. I don’t know about you, but I always spend more time choosing fabric than anything else. It is hard for me to decide if I want to do any contrasting fabric, or color blocking, etc. Then I decide on something only to second guess myself. I ended up going with the whole romper in the Cotton and Steel with a plain mustard linen for the cuffs and contrasting pockets. I love how it turned out!! Cotton and Steel’s double gauze is also so soft and comfortable!
I sewed the pattern up exactly as written, no modifications. After I took the pictures I did decided to take it in 1/4″ on each side as it was a tiny bit big on her as I figured it would be. Maybe next year I can let the side seams out and she can wear it again ;).
What I loved about this pattern:
– All the different options!
-The professional illustrations and directions are so clear and easy to follow.
-That absolutely gorgeous shoulder pleat!
-The ability to print it in a copy shop.
-Um pretty much everything!
-Gabriela did a blog tour after the pattern launch and there is TONS of inspiration. Go check it out!
I am a horrible planner when I start a project. I hardly ever buy buttons/fabric for a specific project, I normally wing it and hope I have everything I need. When I got to the point of assembling buttons, I dug through my button stash to find the perfect buttons. I found these fun buttons I had leftover from the Stella Tunic from her one year pictures. They went perfectly with the fabric. I am not always so lucky ;).
I absolutely love how this romper turned out. It will for sure be a summer staple in K’s wardrobe. If you don’t have the Top Knot Romper, I highly recommend it! It is very well done pattern and so cute. I have already gotten multiple compliments on it!
Pattern: Top Knot Romper by Chalk and Notch
Size Sewn: Straight 18-24 months
Modifications: None other than taking about 1/4″ out of the side seams when it was complete.
But mom, taking pictures is sooooooooo hard! 🙂
What is your favorite thing to sew in the summer??