The Easy Romper I Wished I Had Packed: FREE Pattern

easy romper

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.

easy romper
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 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.

easy romper

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 silkA 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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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.

Measurements are in inches.

easy romperPattern Layout

easy romper

See next page for further instructions.

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127 Responses to The Easy Romper I Wished I Had Packed: FREE Pattern

  1. Lotte Breugelmans says:


    I have a question. I cut out my pattern now I am cutting the fabric. But I am confused. On the patern pieces with number 9 it says ‘Cut one on fold’. But there is no indication on which fold I have to cut?

    I hope you understand what I mean.

  2. Nancy says:

    The smallest hips are 25” BIGGER than mine ( 25” is my waist lol) the waist is 7” too big, why is your sizing so large? Do you only cater for large sizes?

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      There is elastic at the waist and the reason is there is because there is not zippers nor buttons so the waist part needs to go through the widest part of the body, the hips. I would kindly suggest reading the instructions before you cut the fabric.

  3. Donna Evans says:

    I would make a romper

  4. jo murphey says:

    How would you sew a shelf bra unto the top?

  5. V says:

    How do I get to the “next page”?

  6. Josée Labelle says:

    I’m not sure I understand the sizing….is it in cm or inches?

  7. Sandra Baker says:

    do you have away to print the directions

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Sandra I only share the sewing instructions on paid patterns. I am working on adding them to the Ko.Fi donation crowd, I think they deserve to have the PDF complete, sadly I have very little extra time, as it is I work around 12 to 16 hours a day.

  8. Sandy Baker says:

    why can’t print all pages of the direction or save them I can only print the first page

  9. Stacey jeansonne says:

    Thank you so much for this! Mayra, is there a video available to compliment this pattern?

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Not Yet Stacey, i do not recommend making this unless you know hoe to join a strap to a point, it is rather tricky for a beginner. It does requires a video, this is the feedback I have gotten from the people who have made this romper.

  10. Nancy says:

    The pattern will not download ;(

  11. Lisa Florence says:

    Thankyou so much for this free pattern! I’ve run it up in some cotton fabric for sizing. I will definitely sewing this up in stretchy fabric when I can decide which one I like. I have a quick question, any tips on how to turn this into a trouser suit rather than shorts? I can see this in a 2 colour trouser suit xx

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Just lengthen the pattern. you will end with a wide leg romper, would that suit you? It will be fab if you use a soft, drappy fabric.

  12. Krystan says:

    Super cute pattern! I’m wondering if you’ll ever make a sewing tutorial for this pattern on the YouTube page? I’m a little nervous about attaching the flounce, straps and top. It’s pretty confusing to me. Would love to see it being done!

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      You are right Krystan, it is simple once you see how tit is done, and it is a technique I used often on summer dresses and long party dresses, lingerie and swimsuits. So it requires a video to refer to in the future, thanks for reminding me.

  13. Danielle says:

    I love your patterns! How can I download this pattern (and others) now with Craftsy no longer available?

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  15. Nicole Miles says:

    HI! Ive just come across your site and I love your patterns. Any chance you have this amazing Salina Romper design with sleeves???

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Nicole, I do not. But, I will be sharing a long sleeve romper pattern for Early Spring.

      • Nicole Miles says:

        Thanks Mayra, one question, when i place the pattern on the fabric, i am placing the fabric with the good sides together. Easy to place pattern with the ones that are to be cut on the folded edge. However, when i place the back and front of the shorts, it says I need to cut 2 pieces. Do i place them on a single piece of fabric all on the same “wrong” side or do i place them on a “wrong side together fabric”, and just end up with 2 pieces? Gosh i hope that makes sense!

        • Mayra Cecilia says:

          Hi Nicole, you can cut the fabric on a fold and just move the other pieces away from the fold and you will have two pieces together. Thanks for your question I will explain in a video on how to cut fabric for beginners. Please keep sending me questions, it really hel;ps me to see where I need to improve my posts and videos. I tend to take a lot for granted.

  16. Silvia Gilli says:

    Hi! Is it US size or UK?

  17. Tammy says:

    I’m not sure if it’s just me, but the link doesn’t work.

  18. Barb says:

    Hi Myra! I love this pattern. I was sceptical I could sew it myself but I gave it a go on an old bedsheet as a test. I’m happy to say I will be buying fabric to make a nice version of it for myself today as the test came out fabulous! Thank you for sharing your pattern!

  19. Georgia says:

    Where are the actual instructions?

  20. Kim Barrett says:

    I’m sure you get tired of other people’s opinions…. but I’d rather see a larger model wearing the clothes. In this case, the size 4 model is swimming in a size 6 garment, which gives me the impression that it’s going to be huge on my size 14 body. I’d also like to see how it looks on someone that has boobs and a belly. At my size I hesitate to wear a romper and would like an idea of how it’s going to look on my body type. I would adore it, if it looked good on me.

  21. Anita says:

    Hello Myra,

    I am having trouble underatanding at what point ai attach tbe back of the top? I am not understanding the instructions. Also, when cutting out the front top, do I cut out the triangle bit (dart) or leave it and use it as a guide to fold fabric for the dart?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Anita, you are supposed to joining the triangle and sew the tip. Maybe you should wait for the video. The instructions are step by step but if you have never made a garment this might be a little advance for you at this point.

      • Anita says:

        I figured out the darts and have made a few garments but I am also stuck on the part where you attach the straps to the romper top and then the flounce. Do I have to have the romper inside out at this point or just normal and pin the straps to the inside? I am waiting for the video but do you have any idea when you might upload it? I would love to finish the romper soon as it is a lovely garment.

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          Hi Anita yes you need to sew the straps inside out however this is better explained on a video. doing my best to finish it.

    • innerhealing777 says:

      super funny u are a begginer

  22. Sherrie Lilly says:

    IS there an easy way to print out all 4 pages of the instructions? I have tried the the 3 dots to the left and then the printerfriendly link. It only prints or pdf the 1st page. I have tried everything to get page 2, 3, 4 etc. I like to print the instructions and place in a 3 hole punched folder and include the folded taped pattern. This way I have the pattern stored to use again. Thanks

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Sherrie, not at the moment, I am looking for an asistant to help me do this an a million other things I need to do for the site. Let you know when the PDF is printable.

  23. Shernetted Gordon says:

    Hi Myra I like your Rompers how do I get to print it

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Use adobe reader, on Actual Size and landscape mode, as of now it is hosted on my Craftsy store, however when is is no longer free you will be able to purchased it on my Etsy shop.

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