Step Three: Making The Straps
Cut two strips of 10 1/2″ long by 1 1/4″ wide. Apply a very thin fusible interfacing.
Fold the strips right sides together in half and sew a 3/8 ” seam. It should be right down the middle of the strip. There is no need to trim the seam allowance because we will be using it to stabilize the straps.
Using a loop turner, turn the strap inside out. Iron and put aside.
Step Four: Assembling The Easy Romper
Sew the sides of the flounce and zigzag or serge, turn right side out. In the next steps, you will be working from the inside of the romper.
Pin the straps on the wrong side of the top. The strap will be hanging around the armhole area.
Pin the flounce (right side of the flounce to the wrong side of the top). When you see inside the romper, the flounce will have the wrong side showing.
Lay the romper on your table wrong side out. You should have three things pinned together at this point.
- the romper the wrong side showing
- the straps
- the flounce pinned to the top, wrong side showing. This means the strap is sandwiched between the top and the flounce. Turn your work inside out. This is so you can control the seam allowance perfectly. If not, the top will deform. Trust me I have done it..
Start sewing on the right side from the strap around the neckline, then the armhole area, then the back. Leave the strap for last. This point is important as it will make the difference between someone asking did you make that or where did you buy it?
Sew the straps down last. The reason for that is so that you can adjust your sewing in case that area is too big for the strap. It needs to be just right so the top can turn inside out well. As you can see in the picture, I had to adjust a bit. It happens often even to experienced sewers. The important thing is to know how to fix it.
Clip the corner and trim the seam allowance and zigzag or use your serger. Turn the flounce to the outside of the fabric and press.