You can’t go wrong with a romper. This summer equivalent to a jumpsuit is an entire outfit in one easy to choose garment! Our Sollya Romper features a fitted waist, slightly puffed sleeves, and pleated shorts for the perfect fit! Create yours in any one of Mood’s two-toned linens, or try a version in your favorite cotton print!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
First, we’ll start on the corset-like waist portion. Begin by attaching the two center front panels at the center front seam, followed by the side front panels. The seams are noted on your pattern to ensure that you attach the correct edges. Repeat with your lining pieces; I chose to line my bodice with the same linen, like you see below.
Next, add your side back and center back panels. Here is where you should do your first fitting. This part of the garment should fit comfortable, but rather fitted along the torso and our sizing includes a range. Our 8-10 is more of a 10 and may need to be brought in here if you’re more in the size 8 range. When fitting, be sure that there’s 1/2″ leftover at your center back pieces to add in a zipper later on
Be sure to repeat any changes on your main layer on your lining layer as well. Once fitted, press open your seams. Additionally, you can choose to top-stitch your seams down for extra security or decoration.
Create your upper bodice by attaching the front and back at the shoulder and side seams like you see below. Since this will be lined, you can use regular seams and press them open as well. Repeat with your lining.
Pin your upper bodice to the corset portion, beginning by matching up the side seams, as well as the center front and back. Gather the front bodice, like you see below. If you brought your corset in a bit, you may have some overhang at the back of your upper bodice. If so, pleat the extra at the back princess seam.
When sewing, stop 1/2″ from the center front seam. Repeat all steps with both sides and your lining.
Set your bodice to the side for the time being to create your sleeves. Begin by gathering the top of your sleeves between the notches on your pattern.
Form each sleeve by sewing up the inseam using a French seam.
Set each sleeve into your main bodice layer using a regular seam.
Form your sleeve cuffs and press the seams open. Gather the lower edge of your sleeves into one edge of each cuff, like you see below.
Fold the raw edges of your cuff inward 1/2″ and then again to meet with the seam. Pin and slip-stitch into place to finish your sleeves.
Form your shorts using a French seam, attaching the front panels at the rise first, follow by the back panels at the rise. Be sure to leave 5″-7″ open at the center back for a zipper.
Sew the front and back at the side seams and then attach to your bodice. Line up your side seams, center front, and center back seams first and then pleat at the princess seams.
Lastly, add in your invisible zipper starting at the top of the corset portion, shortening it at the bottom if need be. Attach your bodice lining at the neckline and center back seam, slip-stitching the remainder inside the bodice. Add a button and buttonhole at the top of your neckline to connect your two back upper bodice peices.
Your shorts can also be cut to your desired length and hemmed, if desired. I personally love the selvage on this linen, so I chose to keep it!