Ohhh Lulu Pattern Hack: Advanced Techniques for the Emma Romper

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hey guys! I finally released my romper pattern... I LOVE this pattern. It's so versatile and comfy.

In my instructions for the Emma Romper, I give the basic assembly method...  I thought it might be fun to show you how you can take this pattern to the next level with some more advanced techniques! The basic assembly remains the same, but the finishing will be finer. Instead of doing serged seams, I'll show you how to sew french seams. We'll finish the crotch with bias tape and snaps (hand sewn or hammered), and add some gentle shirring to the waist.

What You'll Need:
1. The Emma Romper Pattern
2. A fabric with a good drape. I'm using a Liberty of London silk.
3. Lace trim for the neck and legs.
4. Sew in or Hammer in Snaps
5. Small Scrap of Interfacing
6. 1/2" Strapping and bra strap rings & sliders
7. Needles and Thread

1. Begin by applying lace along Front Neckline, as indicated in the Pattern Instructions.

2. With the wrong sides together, pin your center front seam. Stitch together using only a 1/4" Seam allowance.

3. Trim back seam allowance to approximately 1/8".

4. Using a warm iron, press seam allowance to one side. Then fold your garment along the center front seam, and press flat.

5. Stitch seam closed using a narrow, 1/4" seam allowance.

6. Repeat the same process on the Center Back and Side Seams. 

 7. Sew lace onto the right side of the garment. Turn seam allowance under and press. Top stitch in place. An extra pretty way to finish the leg openings would be with appliqued lace. Check out my hero, Carine Gilson for some dreamy inspration.

 8. In this intance, I've finished the raw edge of the crotch seam with self fabric. I measured the width of the crotch seam (including the lace portion) and added 1/2" to either side. I wound up with a measurement of 5". I cut 2 pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of light weight interfacing that were 5x2"

 9. Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of your fabric strips. Fold in half lengthwise and press.

10. Pin and stitch on to the right side of the Front of the Romper.

11.Turn under the raw ends of your fabric strip.

12 Turn strip towards the inside of the garment, and top stitch all the way around the exterior of the strip. Repeat this process on the opposite side.

13. You can either hand sew on snaps or try your hand at hammered in snaps. I ended up putting hammer-in snaps in mine, but they aren't quite as perfectly set as I would have liked!

14. Finish the upper edge and straps as indicated in the pattern.

15. To add some quick contouring around the waist, Try on the romper while it's inside out. Find your natural waist, which is the narrowest part of your torso (you can also use the waist line guide on the pattern pieces) and mark that part at each seam with a pin (or use dressmakers chalk). I suggest trying on the garment to find your natural waist because waist height varies greatly. My waist is super high. My friend's waist is perfectly in the middle of her torso... everyone is different.

16. I used some soft, 1/2" elastic to cinch in the waist of my romper. To do this I used my pins as a guide and zig-zag stitched the elastic onto the inside of the garment. Pull on the elastic as you stitch. This creates soft gathers and will pull in your waistline. Alternatively, you could also sew a casing onto the inside of your garment, and draw elastic through the casing. Adding button holes and a drawstring would be fun too! I have also finished these with long satin sashes tied at the waist.

Now you're ready for some seriously luxurious lounging.

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