June 24, 2014

Heatwave-Ready in a Retro Romper

Last week we had a lovely heatwave. As you may recall, The Peanut and I melt into cranky piles of goo at anything over 72°. It was well over 90°, nearing 100°. It was time to break out the Summer-with-a-capital-S clothes.

Citrus Retro Romper from E&E Patterns Pleated Playsuit | The Inspired Wren
...and it was time to stay inside with the air conditioning for photo shoots.

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I've had this pattern and fabric in a project bag (an oh-so-sexy gallon ziplock, that is) since well before my epic Harry Potter project. I actually planned to whip it up quickly in between Potter-ish items. When that failed to happen, it fell down the ToDo project list. But not too far down.

The Peanut has been very into our photo albums lately, including a scrap book I compiled in sixth(?), maybe seventh(?), grade with pics of me and my family during the 11ish years I was alive to date. As she pours over the images of her aunts, uncle and me as kids, I've been drawn in by our fashions.

1970s Romper | The Inspired Wren
I was sure this was a pic of me in an orangey-floral print romper. I know I had one. The goat would like to point out that this is not it.


I don't really remember the trip in this photo but I do remember wearing rompers, if not this one, rompers very much like it. I was worried my Peanut was already too long, too old for a retro romper. But I had to give it a go anyway. I was bolstered by the fact that there are romper patterns available in her size.

This Pleated Playsuit pattern from E&E Designs has the bonus of not only being available in her size, but also of being free (my favorite price range, thankyouverymuch).

Citrus Retro Romper from E&E Patterns Pleated Playsuit | The Inspired Wren
I matched the shoulder ties and the pocket lining for tiny pop of darker orange.

The fabric is off another poorly labelled bolt at my stones-throw WalMart. I liked the weight and citrus print, and the texture/fabric also reminded me of nightgowns I had as a child (those baby-doll nighties kids were wearing at the same time as the rompers). Not knowing how to label this fabric for the purposes of this post, I crowd sourced my "what is this" question across Instagram, Facebook, and Flickr. The resounding response was seersucker. I'll admit that surprised me. I thought true seersucker, like a true gingham, was dependent on the stripes formed by the dyed yarns. There are no such stripes (or dyes) here. I have now moved Dana Willard's Fabrics A-to-Z: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Using Fabric for Sewing [Amazon affiliate link] to the top of my Amazon wishlist.

The more I blog the more I learn I need to learn.

Citrus Retro Romper from E&E Patterns Pleated Playsuit | The Inspired Wren
The pleat down the center front is a lovely detail included in the free pattern.
Citrus Retro Romper from E&E Patterns Pleated Playsuit | The Inspired Wren
Oh those bruised legs! Happy summer.

Pattern

Pleated Playsuit from E&E Patterns, size 4-5

Fabric

Another mislabeled WalMart bolt of a Cirtuis-Print Seersucker (I think?), with a solid orange quilting cotton as contrast

Love

Who doesn't love dressing their kid in the styles they wore as a kid? Plus it also reminds me of a big girl version of the sun-suits she wore as a baby; I think it's the one-piece nature of the garment coupled with that center pleat.

Note

Be careful not to sew the edge of one of the ties into the seam when attaching the facing, not that I would know anything about that...



BUT WAIT! You'll never guess what happened next.

I let The Peanut wear this last week and shared a pic on Instagram as part of Made for Kids Month, then Stephanie of Swoodson Says asked if I linked up with Romper Week on Sewing Mama RaeAnna. It was the first I heard of Romper Week. Did you follow that? I happened to coincidentally sew a romper right in the midst of a Romper Week. Naturally I linked up. And now there are prizes to be won! So, Dear Reader, kindly click below and...


Scroll down the page and find Pic #23 of The Peanut in her citrus print romper, then click on the heart in the upper corner of the image. Heads up, you'll only be allowed one heart-click per computer. Thanks so much in advance!


Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.
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22 comments:

  1. I voted for you. This is so so adorable. Love the fabric you used!

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    1. YAY! Thanks for the vote, Irene.

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  2. This really is adorable! I am pretty sure my mom dressed me in a few of those (probably in similar fabric!) when I was little. Heading over to vote for you as well.

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    1. Thanks so much for voting, Alicia!

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  3. Oh so cute! Such a fun print and design. Love rompers!

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  4. What a fun romper. I am with you, I also melt into go at temps over 72. I don't remember rompers. At least, there are no pics of me in any rompers. Lots of short dresses and shorts and tees!

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    1. Oh that's a shame, Kathy. I thought everyone wore rompers back then. I have two other memories of the romper: 1) one of them was itchy on my belly because of the elastic shirring (probably the orange one that's stuck in my mind), and 2) when The Peanut shouted for help from the bathroom last week because she couldn't figure out how to get out of it, I had an "oh, right, that" memory of doing the same.

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  5. Hi Ren,
    i voted for your romper. It is so nice!
    Jana

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  6. Cute! My daughter would not wear a romper, but I think romper is an adorable look on a little girl. I thought the fabric was from tutti frutti collection. I have seen similar citrus prints at Jo-Anns.

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    1. She is so not picky about what she wears. In that regards The Peanut is still like a little dress-up doll. But I still thought this one might be rejected; so far, so good. And, yes, the fabric is EXACTLY like the Tutti Frutti collection at Joann's, I just happen to find this one at WalMart.

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  7. I voted for you. Your combination of citrus fabric with orange bias is fabulous! And I like the beautiful front detail.

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  8. so adorably cute :) and I love the romper! I remember those and my daughter wore them too. Oh, dated us I think. Went and voted and even entered the giveaway. Keeping fingers crossed you win!

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    1. YAY! Thanks so much for voting! (I totally dated myself with this post...ah well.)

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  9. Lovely and cute :) Fabric choice is great :) Voted :) Good luck :)

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    1. Thank you, thank you! (I'm so excited everyone's actually voting!)

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  10. Oh My Gosh! I want one of these! Thank you so much for stopping by last weeks Creative Spark Link Party! I hope you stop by to link up again this week! http://bit.ly/1vvIGjo

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  11. Very cute! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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