July 23, 2014

Oliver + S Croquet Flipped into a Mash-Up Romper

Apparently I still have rompers on the brain. When I first read about this month's Flip This Pattern, I immediately saw this romper in my mind's eye. Frances Suzanne chose the Oliver + S Croquet Dress for July's challenge and I found my excuse to purchase another O+S pattern. My solution isn't so much a Flip as it is a Mash-Up of two patterns, the Croquet Dress and the O+S Puppet Show Shorts.

Sewing an Oliver+S Croquet Dress Flipped (or rather made into a Mash-Up with Puppet Show Shorts) into a Romper | The Inspired Wren




The original Croquet dress calls for a drop-waist. As much as I would have loved that look on a romper, I'm quite confident The Peanut would have kept trying to tug the drop-waist up to her actual waist once there was a pair of shorts attached. Therefore when I matched the Croquet dress top to the Puppet Show shorts I moved the Croquet waistband up to just below her actual waist -- making a blousy top, hopefully with room to grow.

Oliver + S Croquet Dress + Puppet Show Shorts = Mash-Up Romper | The Inspired Wren
The zipper makes bathroom breaks easier on both of us than my original idea of a row of buttons.

Typically the first time I sew a pattern I complete it as written. Then I feel confident flipping and mashing freely. I skipped that step with the Croquet portion of this romper and I regret it. First, the fit across her shoulders is a little wide. Second, it wasn't until the top was fully constructed that I realized I needed a much wider opening so the romper could be pulled on from her feet up. I fixed the opening by adding a zipper down the back. It stops just above her waist and it fought me going in. I had to add  a tab at the bottom to cover the battle scars. And then after the zip was in and the shorts were attached I realized I could have fixed the width and avoided the zipper war by cutting straight down the back and taking out a smidge before adding the zipper. The first time I put it on The Peanut I shook my head at missing the obvious solution to both issues. Next time.

Oliver + S Croquet Dress + Puppet Show Shorts = Mash-Up Romper | The Inspired Wren
I mean seriously, look at that zipper, it basically goes all the way to the waistband. Why didn't it occur to me to extend it all the way down?

The Puppet Show Shorts portion of the romper I made without alteration to the shape or the length, however I left off the pockets and the waistband. After I attached the Croquet Dress elastic casing to the shortened top (using the directions from the Croquet pattern), I sewed two lines of basting stitches across the front and again across the back of the top. With right sides together, I put the top upside-down into the shorts matching front center, back center and both sides, gathering the waistband of the top (it is slightly wider than the shorts) as I pinned it in place. Then I stitched them together with my fingers crossed holding my breath praying it would work and ...it did!

Oliver + S Croquet Dress + Puppet Show Shorts = Mash-Up Romper | The Inspired Wren
Love the false-collar created by the fabric's geometric pattern. And the white "belt buckle," too. (And those summer-scraped knees.)

I sewed a hook & eye into the top back, threw it on The Peanut, and bribed her with chocolate and an indoor playground to cooperate for pictures (her contract seems to get more expensive as she re-negotiates each photo shoot). Another mom at the indoor playground recognized the fabric right away (Ikea). I had a momentary panic that it looked too Von Trapp Family curtains, but she reassured me that it did not. Turns out she also sews and is a photographer with an eye for such details. So? It doesn't look too curatin-y, does it?

Oliver + S Croquet Dress + Puppet Show Shorts = Mash-Up Romper | The Inspired Wren
Remember when you over-pay your model in chocolate, she may start climbing the walls.

Pattern

Oliver + S Croquet Dress and Puppet Show Shorts (mashed together, obvs.), both size 5.

Fabric

Ikea: Bjornloka Figur, 100% cotton (kind of a light weight canvas)

Love

I took a lot of care placing the design of the fabric to highlight the geographic pattern. I especially love the detail at the neck that appears to be a collar. 

Notes

Be sure to check out the sew-along (click the pic) for other ways to Flip This Pattern!

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Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.


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    1. Thanks so much. As soon as I saw the fabric I knew how I would place it.

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  2. too cute :) I love the fabric and the outfit!

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  3. Well done! Our nearest IKEA is nearly 3 hours away so I didn't recognize the fabric, but I LOVE it!

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    1. Thanks so much. I was a little taken aback when it was recognized the very first time out.

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  4. The skinned knee is perfect model behavior.
    I need to go to ikea this weekend to look at desk ideas for the son - I might manage to get lost twice so I can visit the fabric part twice.
    I am loving the return of the romper (have seen them in public).

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    1. I've been to Ikea a lot this summer (less than 45 minutes with play room for The Peanut). But it wasn't until the 3rd trip that I finally walked out with fabric. I tend to buy only for specific projects. Yet I walked out with three projects worth in one go.

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  5. Very unique fabric choice, not something you see in typical girl's wear. You pulled it off so well! Looks great on your daughter, and I love the collar like pattern placement too.

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    1. Thanks, Annie! I tend to shy away from "typical for little girls" -- that's a large part of why I started sewing for The Peanut and the fun that keeps me going.

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  6. Adorable outfit! You did a great job!

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  7. I love it! What an adorable look- I feel like this would be in a high end kids fashion mag!

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  8. The fabric and pattern are so interesting. This romper looks great!

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  9. This is a really cool outfit! I love the colors in the fabric (I keep eyeing it when I am at IKEA, but I never had a project in mind - maybe clothing?!). Geometric fabric inspiration must be in the air because i just completed a Hide and Seek dress with chevron and octagon fabric accents! Btw, this is my first time commenting, but I really have loved some of the projects you've made recently and have been tuning in over the past few months to see how you work up some patterns. Looking forward to more!

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    1. Britt, it's a good weight for clothing -- I was worried it might be too heavy but it has a good drape once washed. I LOVE your hide and seek dress. I also tend to read a lot and not comment, but I follow you, too. Thanks for commenting, I love to hear that you are following.

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    2. Thanks! I also have noticed that a lot of would be decor fabrics, once washed and dried, really lose their stiffness - I made a messenger bag for G out of decor canvas that started out stiff and was really loose and drapey after a wash - I'll look at the IKEA fabric differently now.

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    3. I have some of the light weight cotton from Ikea on deck for a blouse. We'll see how that one works now.

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  10. I'm so glad others have those "what was I thinking" moments....and see better solutions after the fact {I thought that was only us!!}. Way to make it work!! And, yes....rompers are definitely "IN"!

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    1. I get so frustrated when I miss the obvious. It is nice to know I'm not the only one.

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  11. Lovely romper! And no, the fabric doesn't look curtain-y! I too use IKEA fabrics sometimes, the have such cute prints!
    Your daughter is becoming a great negotiator!!! :-)

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    1. Thanks! I keep saying she's going to have full super-model skills by the time she graduates grade school.

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  12. As a romper lover myself, I love the idea of FLIP the Croquet dress to romper. And Ikea fabric looks great on this look!

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  13. Ren, I love your look! The geometric print is kind of unexpected in a romper..but so great! I was thinking romper too, but wimped out because I really want (or rather my kids want :)) the clothes I make to be easy on and off...and I knew if it was complicated to put on, it wouldn't get worn :(

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    1. Marnae, That was another shake-my-head why didn't I plan ahead moment. If I had thought it through I would have worked a way to open the romper from the front (in retrospect, buttons at the shoulder, like on the Oliver + S Book Report pattern would be perfect). At least I had the foresight to put in a zipper instead of a row of buttons. Clearly I'll save this one for days she's with me and not off at school. :)

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  14. What a cute romper!! I love the pattern on the fabric! Pinning!

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  15. Love the fabric choice! Thanks so much for linking up at the Creative Sparks Link Party. We are live again today so stop by and link up! http://bit.ly/1pEMI5A

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  16. This is 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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  17. It's AWESOME! I love how you've combined the two patterns,it's turned out fabulous.

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