Originally I made it for myself, but it was way to short in the torso, so I gave it to Rat, who's slightly shorter but with similar horizontal measurements, but it didn't really fit her any better. Since it was a romper, she loved it anyway and I let her keep it, but then a while later, when I was visiting, I decided it was too awful and went and took it back. For "repairs" or to replace, I don't know. (I have since then made at least two other rompers for her.
|(Yeah, I can get it on me, but it's really unpleasant to do. I think you could probably tell that without my saying, though, just from looking at all the places it pulls.)|
|(Seriously. Atrocious. Even with the belt keeping it covered, I don't know what I was thinking to decide this was acceptable.)|
So. Eventually I decided the best course of action would be to just toss the waistband and make separates. Although when I say make... all I really did was remove the waistband, finish the newly raw edges, and reapply the closures. The rest was already sewn and I didn't mess at all with it, top or bottom.
|(Eh, no. (So flattering, this is, by the way.))|
|(Sorry, it's a crap picture, I know, but I didn't get any close-ups of the back, and I didn't want to go through the rigmarole of putting it on again.)|
Anyway, the shorts are a bit better. I stuck in a purple nylon zipper because it was the right length (and I wanted to save the original long white one for when I actually need a long white zipper). I was figuring that I'd never wear the shorts out, either, so it wouldn't really matter. (This is also why the zipper application is not my best.)
|(This is the original zipper that went through the whole romper. I was a bit sad to have to take it out--I'd hand-picked it, and did a really nice job.)|
Obviously not with the matching top, but this isn't so bad.
I honestly wasn't expecting to get anything useable out of the romper, no matter what I did with it, so I'm pretty happy. Granted, I still won't wear the shorts to work, and work clothes are what I really need right now, and I don't really need any more non-work clothes, but at least that's one more thing I've gotten out of my sewing pile. That was my real goal, so yeah.
Fabric: 1 yard cotton(?) taken from Mom's stash, ages ago, then made into a romper in 2011--free
Pattern: McCall's 4535 for the bodice; can't remember on the shorts
Notions: lots and lots of bias tape, but I mostly used that the first time around, so I'm not counting it. This time maybe one yard and I'll round up and say $0.25. Also--from stash--ten eyelets ~$0.45; and 7" zipper $0.45.
Make again: if I can figure out what pattern I used for the shorts, I might attempt those
Sewing soundtrack: nothing
First worn: bodice--not yet; shorts--eh, Thursday a couple weeks ago, I think
Wear again: The bodice, um, maybe as a costume. Or as a joke. But the shorts, yeah, probably I will.
Total cost: $1.15