I named this easy romper Salina. In Spanish, the name means “salt pan”. You'll understand why in a minute and if you have 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 of 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.
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 clothes that I needed. The wrong kind, unfortunately… To my surprise, I found myself wearing clothes a tad too fancy for walking miles under the blazing Tuscan sun –all because of my expanding waistline and the good food of Italy rendered the rest of my wardrobe unusable.
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 in landscape mode. 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 the 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.
Finished Garment Measurements
The girl in the picture is wearing a size 6 but she is actually size 4. This romper will look best on an hourglass, triangle, and a narrow rectangle figure, this is, of course, only my opinion. The measurements below correspond to the romper without the elastic, they are the maximum width of the item.
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