Posted in Projects on Wednesday the 7th August 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
Hi everyone, I'm really excited to be joining the Minerva Maker team and can't wait to show you my first make. I'm currently obsessed with jumpsuits as seems to be half of the sewing world. After my latest success with my Khaki Coloured Jumpsuit, I really wanted to sew a heat appropriate romper for my upcoming vacation in North Carolina.
The US and in particular North Carolina is experiencing quite a heat wave this year and I'm definitely lacking clothing that fits this weather as it never gets that hot here in Germany. I chose the black linen fabric with 3% elastane for this sewing project as I assume that linen will keep me the coolest under hot conditions. Thanks to the elastane the fabric wrinkles very little compared to regular linen fabrics and is quite stretchable. Nevertheless, it has that typical linen feel to it and a little bit of sheen.
As I really liked the fit of my first jumpsuit, I used the same Knipmode Jumpsuit Pattern also for this romper. I usually tend to have fitting problems with pants but Knipmode patterns fit me the best and I also had a great fit right away with this pattern. As it is still kind of cold in Germany, I had to layer my romper for these pictures to stay somewhat warm. I'm really looking forward to my summer vacation and to test the romper's wearability in warmer weather.
Pattern: Knipmode Pattern 23 05/2014
Level of difficulty: 2/5
Size: 36 (my usual size)
- 2 m Black Linen Fabric with a little bit of stretch (97% linen, 3% elastane)
- Invisible zipper 60 cm
- Thin interfacing
Modifications: In order to achieve a summer appropriate romper I shortened the legs to a length of 40 cm. To make getting in and out of the romper easier, I lengthened the zipper opening by 5 cm. I also changed the workmanship for the insides as I did not like the suggested mix of facings and bias tape. The neckline as well as the armholes were finished by facings, which I stabilized with thin interfacing. As the neckline tends to gap open, I need to add a press button to the neckline so that I can also wear the romper by itself without showing too much.
Conclusion: My obsession with jumpsuits is still going strong and this romper has convinced me even more of their versatility. I'm already really loving this newly me-made piece and have a lot of different outfit combinations in mind. As my romper is sleeveless, it gives me even more possibilities for layering but of course it can also be worn by itself. I can highly recommend this pattern and also this linen fabric as it was easy to work with and ironed very well. If you like the properties of linen but hate how much it tends to wrinkle, this fabric is perfect for you. I still find it a little hard to get in and out of a jumpsuit but otherwise they are really comfortable to wear and move around in.
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