Tuesday, 25 June 2013

All around, all of the guys call her flamingo: McCalls 6331 Romper

So, the other day I was sitting at home reading blogs when my boyfriend Elvis calls me.

"Hey baby, pack your bags, we're going to Hawaii"

"Hawaii? But I have to go to Amsterdam for work, and then an awards event, and I just did some grocery shopping."

"Baby, come on, I wanna play house with you in Hawaii. I'll sing you songs on the beach, we can drive a fast red car, hang with the locals. Hell, you can even bring robot Don."

"Really?.. Well okay, send a car, I'll be ready...in...WAIT I HAVE TO MAKE MY ROMPER!"

Jeez, Elvis doesn't give me much warning, but if there isn't a more appropriate incentive for making my romper, it's a holiday with the King in Hawaii. So here it is....cue dramatic pose against a brick wall.



Pattern: I used McCall's 6331 pattern. I've been looking for a cute little romper pattern for some time. I made up a quick muslin, which seemed to fit fine, but unfortunately Mr S wasn't home to pin me at the back and me being me, I decided to skip putting in a quick zip. So yeah when I made up the finished romper it was pretty loose. I didn't really mind this as I was pleased that I had a good fit on the shorts particularly on the crotch and my bum-bum.

To rectify the looser fit wasn't a big job, just an inconvenient one. I took in the side seams first then the zip seam. I also made up a simple tie-belt as well as I felt it needed it. I ignored the pattern's zip instructions, actually I didn't read them at all as I knew I was going to put in a lapped zipper as that is one of my favourite zips, especially on a retro item.

The pattern is faced with the main fabric just on the bodice, which makes for a nice neat bust line. I am loving the little bodice flaps.

The straps are pretty easy to do, they just need some adjusting once you have made most of the romper.



Fabric: This is the most awesome flamingo fabric from Fabricland. I've had a couple of metres of this beauty sitting in my stash for a while. I thought, as did Mr S when he saw me cutting it, that it would be the fabric for the Graceland dress, but I thought a fun romper needed super fun fabric.

Okay I'm not 21 anymore, but I love this. It's comfortable and Mr S thinks it's pretty sexy. What do you think? Would you be tempted to make a summer romper? Holiday with Elvis not included.

21 comments:

  1. I'm tempted now! Cutest romper ever (in a completely grown up way!). You are killing me with your holiday wardrobe! p.s can't wait to see you soon!

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    1. Aww thank you Emmie, you should definitely make one. Can't wait to see you too! Roll on the 6th :) x

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  2. Are you secretly a movie star? :) This is a striking make.

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    1. Ahh thank you! I have done a couple of movies with Ryan Gosling ;)

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  3. i laughed at "bum-bum" way harder than i probably should.

    you look fabulous, as ever. a great pattern for that fabric. :)

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    1. Hehe! I watched this documentary about girls in Brazil and they have a Miss Bum Bum competition. I wonder if they would accept me as a contender with my wobbly plate of jelly?

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  4. If I was Elvis I'd be super excited to see you get off the plane in those rompers. Cute and sexy!

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    1. Thank you Mrs B, I really hope Elvis appreciates all this hard work. xx

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  5. That flamingo fabric is incredible! Another great make, well done.

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    1. Thank you x I am tempted to buy more just so that I know it's in my stash for more silly outfits!

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  6. oh my! it's stunning (and so are you in it misses!) it's just perfect, good job!

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    1. Thanks Kirsty! How are you and Moo? Need to see you guys again xx

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  7. I love this so much Clare! I too have that fabric and have been wondering what to do with it...I've also seen some great versions of this romper pattern...hmmm! ;o)

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    1. Awww thanks Marie. The fabric is so fun. I'm surprised at how much I love it as it's a bit short, but it's actually really comfortable. Rompers forever! ;) x

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  8. SO COOL! You are gonna blow them away at Graceland with this number. Can't wait to see you on the 6th - how many outfit changes will there be?

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    1. HAHA! Well, I need a day time cocktails outfit; the light-lunch Greenwich outfit; 'as dusk approaches' outfit...oh I could go on. It will be like the Oscars ;)

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  9. it is fabulous! i love it on you and the print is perfect! i can just see you and elvis strolling along the beach looking at the sunset. robot don serving your drinks (and helping himself while doing so...)

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    1. HAHA Jo that is such a great image!!! I am laughing imagining robot Don following us along the beach getting stuck in the sand! MALFUNCTION MALFUNCTION...

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  10. You might've just pushed me into my first Big Four pattern envelope buy in 2 years. Oh wait they're out of stock. Also it's the middle of winter here. Just wanted to say this is fab-love the pattern fabric combo. Keep rockin'

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  11. Ye gads how did I miss the memo on this?! This rocks on a whole bloody other level! You should be being carried round by fabulous men like Marilyn and Jane in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

    xxx

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