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.

Materials

  • 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.

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easy romper

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[…] comfortable, easy going, and good-looking clothes.  A few people have suggested to me that the Salina Easy Romper would be even better as a long romper, so that's exactly what I've done.  The pattern has been a […]

G Soucoup
G Soucoup

Being 70 think I will make it with a skirt.

VICKY CHRIS
VICKY CHRIS

DEAR MYRA,

I CANT DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN FROM CRAFTSY.

WHAT DO I DO. AM FROM NIGERIA.

THANK YOU.

Lourdes
Lourdes

Thank you

Fanny Blanchette
Fanny Blanchette

Thanks a lot! Love your patterns and ideas.

Khristine Rivers
Khristine Rivers

Thank you!

Kitzi Friedman
Kitzi Friedman

I believe the hip measurements are off in the size chart??

Rose Woods
Rose Woods

Hi Myra:

I am lookng for instructions for the Salina romper. I really like the romper and hoping to make it!!

Sincerely,
Rose

Eleanor Gibson
Eleanor Gibson

Where do I find your sizing information? I don’t know what size to cut. I have guessed on your other patterns and had a fun time adjusting.
Love your design

Ellie
Ellie

I just made this romper today, it has a very nice shape to it, the flounce makes this garment very cute and unique. I would recommend really paying attention to your measurements before making this, especially if you are using a fabric with no stretch. I am normally a size 14, I made this pattern in 16 and I can barely get the top part to go over my hips, haha. I also think the instructions for putting the top, straps, and flounce together were a little difficult to follow, but with a bit of logical thinking I managed to figure it out. Nice garment, I might even make it again in a different fabric 🙂

Tracey
Tracey

Hi I was wondering if there is a video tutorial for this lovely little outfit .I am very new too all this sewing all I have made is a patch work blanket . But I am in the presses of this little romper but I am stuck on the top attaching the flounce to the top and straps . I know it’s probably very straight forward but I’m stuck and think I may have better luck if I could watch it being done . Any help and or advice would be very much appreciated .thank you .

Tracey
Tracey
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

OK thank you. I will wait .looking forward to. Way hing it .thank you

Tracey
Tracey
Reply to  Tracey

Looking forward to watching it

AnnR Cyprus
AnnR Cyprus

When it was completed cause Im a size UK16 and 5’2″ I wasnt too worried about the length of the body but was pleased with the length on me. The back flounce piece needs the “place on fold” putting on it as an inexperienced sewer wouldnt know and make a mess of this. The flounce is a couple of inches too short for me……. after having surgery a couple of months ago my waitline has ballooned to 43″… bummer eh never mind Im kickin flounces and bell shapes/swing style dresses and tops. Cant do anything about this but am unable to find sufficient sewing patterns to satisfy this bulge. I used fabric bought from a sari shop in Sheffield UK 100% cotton and so light it would float away. Made my first dress at 12 years old and Im just enjoying my 65th year……. love to sew!! Thanks for the freebie x

Lori
Lori

I love this pattern! It will be great for Fiji! Being a grandmother I’d like some short sleeves in my romper. Maybe they will mimic the flounce? I’m pretty sure I can figure this out…but I wondered if you might consider making sleeves an option if you ever do a pattern upgrade.

Di R
Di R
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Love the sleeves idea too, especially flutter-style. I’m too big on top to go without a bra and don’t care for spaghetti straps. I’d also make the length on bottom a tad longer, for modesty. Looking forward to seeing your next version. Thanks

Stefania Allemano
Stefania Allemano

I finished the romper yesterday, thank you for this great pattern. To my greatest happiness I managed to scale down my size from 20 for the shorts and 18 for the top to 18 and 16 respectively 🙂 I decided to lenghten the shorts to a culotte model to make it suitable when I move through the town with my bike or on holidays. The making is clearly explained and very quick. After finishing the toile I manged to finish it in a couple of days. Here is my version http://pin.it/fplvM4q

KHaine
KHaine

I made this last night using a super soft knit jersey and trimmed the flounce edge with some lace. It’s probably the cutest, most comfortable thing I have ever made so thank you for the pattern! I did have an issue with the inseam though, as someone else mentioned. The front inseam was about an inch longer than the back on either side, nothing a quick trim and serge wont fix but worth noting. It’s possible I cut out the pattern wrong (my printer is black and white, so the size markings were all the same colour) I just thought I’d mention it.

Jonnette S Mix
Jonnette S Mix

The hip measurements in the size guide seem very, very large, esp in relation to the waist figures. Can you clarify? Many thanks!

barbarajune1

Can I use cotton with this pattern? I have some nice light weight cotton that would be good for runner.

barbarajune1
Reply to  barbarajune1

*Summer not runner. LOL

Lucy L.
Lucy L.

This pattern is gorgeous! I just want to ask what are the approximate measurements (width and length) of the fabric that you used? 🙂

Lesley Brough
Lesley Brough
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Where did you get your size chart as I don’t have my bust and waist the same size and my hips are certainly smaller than the chart shows?
I am hoping to make this for my great granddaughter as it is just her style.

Lesley Brough
Lesley Brough
Reply to  Lesley Brough

I just read earlier comments and now realise that the sizes are for the finished items and not the wearer’s size. Relief now I can continue. Thanks for the lovely pattern.

Arlene
Arlene

As it is absolutely sweltering over here in Sri Lanka Ive been looking for a suitable top and bottom and then remembered your wonderful romper pattern. I am just about to make it up but are seam allowances allowed on the patterns and if so how much.

Arlene
Arlene
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you so much. I can now go ahead and cut the pattern out. Really looking forward to making it up. this will be my first time making one of your patterns!

Lydia Eastwell

Hi Mayra – I love this pattern and am currently working on making it up for my 11 year old daughter, however, I am having lots of trouble with the inseam – it just doesn’t seem to match up at all…… what am I doing wrong?? Is there a pic that you could share with me please? Thanks, Lydia

Lydia
Lydia
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Hi Mayra – the pattern appears to be a few cm’s out at the inseam for the size 6 that I have cut out…. and I looked at some of the other sizes also, and they too don’t seem to match up exactly, so I think that’s where my issue is. I will have to redraft the pattern a little – has anyone else let you know of a similar issue? 🙂

Lydia
Lydia
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Yes, the square test is correctly printed, and I’m sure that I have put the pattern together correctly, so I’m not sure where I’ve gone wrong….. I appreciate your time and hopefully we can work it out together 🙂

bradfordangel

I have downloaded to pattern, is there any way I can download the instructions

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Reply to  bradfordangel

Hi, if you prefer not to look at the instructions on a tablet and want to print them or download as .pdf, you can click on the sharing button on the left with the three horizontal dots. Then select a free service called “printfriendly”. That will format each page to either print or download as a .pdf. You can easily delete anything on the page before printing if you like. Hope that helps and happy sewing!

Sophie Reading
Sophie Reading

I love this pattern and would love to make it as a Christmas present are there instructions on how to put it together, I have everything cut out but don’t know how to put it together….thanks for the help and the lovely pattern

sls
sls

Hi! Thanks so much for sharing this free pattern. I’m super excited to try it. I can’t seem to figure out the yardage though. Is there a chart that shows the amount of fabric you need for the different sizes? Thanks

sls
sls
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Hi Mayra, thanks!
I am actually trying to purchase some fabric online so I was hoping to have some more specific numbers to work with. I’m either a 12 or a 14. Maybe one of the other readers could share how much fabric they used for their size. That’ll help me guesstimate.
Thanks!

Irma
Irma

I love this pattern. I am only curious. Are the sizes in inches? I’m usually a 12-14, but I see the hips are 63 and 65? Is it that big on the hips? I have big hips but I am afraid it would be too flouncy? Too many gathers? Is it meant to be that way?

Brooke
Brooke

Are there instructions? I’ve printed, pieced together, traced and cut, and now I have no clue how to put it all together.

Jerrica Anheluk
Jerrica Anheluk
Reply to  Brooke

I am having the same problem….. YIKES!

So Sew Easy
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Hi Jerrica, all the instructions are on pages 2 through 4 of the post. The page numbers are at the bottom of the post above the comment section. Here’s a direct link to page 2 where the instructions start:
https://so-sew-easy.com/salina-the-easy-romper/2/

Melanie Warman
Melanie Warman

I am going on a cruise soon and love the idea of wearing this on the ship. I don’t sunbathe but like to be outside on deck in the shade on a nice warm day. I am thinking about putting pants on the bottom or a skirt as mentioned in a previous post. If I use some challis instead of a knit, are there any special tricks to use, since it won’t have the stretch? Is the drape of the challis enough to compensate? Thanks for this lovely pattern!

Melanie Warman
Melanie Warman
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thanks!

Pam @Threading My Way

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

lindseycrafter
lindseycrafter

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

JK DeC
JK DeC

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.

mccandlessquilts
mccandlessquilts

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

Maureen Lacock
Maureen Lacock

Thank you!! Its fabulous 🙂

anneweaver1974

Beautiful! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that features your free pattern: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=89257 –Anne

Valerie
Valerie

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 🙂

Debbie
Debbie

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

Lolita Cox
Lolita Cox

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

Kathleen
Kathleen

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

Jen
Jen

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.

Claudia
Claudia
Reply to  Jen

CUTE CUTE CUTE Idea! My shorts would definitely be longer 🙂 Now you got me thinking skirt too!

Valerie
Valerie
Reply to  Jen

I had the same thought, and posted before I read the other comments 🙂

Claudia
Claudia

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

Raluca
Raluca

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.

Grace En-Tien Chang

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