Salina: The Easy Romper I wished I had packed

easy romperI named this easy romper Salina. In Spanish, the name means “salt pan”.  You’ll understand why in a minute and if you ever seen a salt pan, like the ones out in the desert in the western US.  Many years ago, I visited Etosha National Park in Namibia famous for its wide open views the salt pans and amazing wild animals.

I vividly remember seeing the long, thin silhouettes of elegant giraffes.  They seemed like mirages, like they were almost not even there.  The lines and the shapes made them look narrower than they were.  The design of this easy romper does the same thing and makes me look narrower than I really am, and I like the optical illusion.  Believe me, at “5 feet nothing” I take all the help I can get.

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Etosha National Park, Namibia

I wished I brought this romper with me while on vacation recently.  The truth is I forgot it pinned to the mannequin.  I also forgot the step-by-step pictures for the tutorials I was supposed to share with you 4 weeks ago.  I am forever packing at the last minute and for the first time in my life I ended up with more cloths that I needed.  The wrong kind unfortunately…  To my surprise, I found myself wearing cloths a tad too fancy for walking miles under the blazing Tuscan sun –all because of my expanding waist line and the good food of Italy rendered the rest of my wardrobe unusable.

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Oh, how I wished I had my little “mirage” with me.  So comfortable, versatile and slimming (my kind of diet..).  So just in case you are in my shoes, join me in this optical illusion. This easy romper is suitable for adults and teens.  It has a flounce that hides the tummy and the use of a bra becomes optional.

Please print on landscape.  Because I made this pattern compatible with one way stretch knits the seam allowance is 3/8″.  No buttons or zippers are needed.  All the pieces of the top are to be placed on fold.  Before you decide on what fabric to purchase, please print the pattern and take all your pieces to the shop to make sure you have enough fabric.


  • I highly recommend the use of natural fiber fabrics when possible such as challis (also known as rayon is man made but from wood cellulose fibers), soft cotton or cotton knits, cotton silk.  A drape and soft look is ideal.
  • 1.5 yards, to 3 yards of fabric depending on the size
  • 1/4″ elastic depending on your waist measurements, from 23″ to 53″
  • thread to match your fabric
  • light fusible interfacing for the straps, optional.  I use Thermoweb.

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21 Responses to Salina: The Easy Romper I wished I had packed

  1. Looks so comfortable and pretty, too. I’ve featured your fab pattern today, Mayra.

  2. This is such a gorgeous romper! Thank you for sharing this template – I am really excited to try it out!

  3. JK DeC says:

    Cute pattern, not sure it’ll work on my body shape. I actually lose weight when I’m in Italy, because all of the walking I do. It’s been 5 years since I’ve visited, so I’m very envious of your travel.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, JK, Let me know if there is a particular style you are after. Happy to share.
      Kind Regards,

  4. mccandlessquilts says:

    Thank you for the Pattern! I love all the sizes being included so not so many changes have to be drawn in.

  5. Maureen Lacock says:

    Thank you!! Its fabulous 🙂

  6. Beautiful! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that features your free pattern: –Anne

  7. Valerie says:

    This is adorable, and your instructions are great! I’m thinking it would be super easy to modify a bit and add a skirt to the waistline, in place of the shorts! Thaks for sharing 🙂

  8. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! It looks like it could be used as a nursing outfit too for Mom’s 🙂

  9. Lolita Cox says:

    Thank you for sharing. I think I’ll adjust the straps just a bit and make them wider. Thanks again.

  10. Kathleen says:

    This is so cute. Maybe not for me but certainly for my daughters. Thank you for all the detailed work on the tutorial.

  11. Jen says:

    Thank you for another summer pattern. Think I will steal the idea of the top half but turn it into a dress and attach it to a half circle skirt, knee length, with in seam side pockets.

  12. Claudia says:

    This is so cute!! Thanks for sharing… can’t wait to make it!

  13. Raluca says:

    I really like it and I think I would like to try it for my beach holiday in September if I can find the right fabric. As a suggestion, for me it would be useful to know what size the model in the images is wearing. I always have trouble deciding on what size to make and maybe it would be helpful for others too.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Raluca, the best way to decide what size to wear is by reading the Finished Garment Measurements provided, the model is wearing size 6, but the model is size 4. The hips measurements are the most important since the romper has no buttons or zipper. Enjoy your holidays at the beach!

  14. Thank you for sharing your work! What a pretty romper!

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