Thursday, May 12, 2016

Pattern Review " Girly Bubble Romper" by Little Lizard King

Jody made an adorable little romper this week out of some of our cotton lawn fabrics. For those who are unfamiliar with cotton lawn:
Lawn cloth or lawn is a plain weave textile, originally of linen but now chiefly cotton. Lawn is designed using fine, high count yarns, which results in a silky, untextured feel. (courtesy of Wikipedia)
 Jody feels the lawn fabric is a great choice for summer wear in Houston heat, very light. It is advisable to sew with a smaller needle size like a 75 or 80 (topstitch). If your machine gets hungry and tries to eat the lightweight lawn use a single hole needle plate in your machine throat. A little leader fabric (scrap) folded up and loaded in just ahead of your project fabric can also be used to fend off the machine munchies.
With the fabric scraps Jody was able to fashion a little hair accessory!
 The romper pattern is "super duper easy" in Jody's rating, only 2 pattern pieces. Brilliant pattern tip: Instead of cutting your pattern pieces out, trace them onto Pattern EZ or tracing paper so that you can use them repeatedly in different sizes without sacrificing a copy of your pattern! Especially helpful with children's clothing since the little munchkins grow so darn fast!
 Tips for pattern success: Here is the one we all know and summarily ignore: Read the pattern instructions before starting. Ummm this may save you a lot of time-- like the inordinate amount of time it took Jody to find the shoulder tie instructions, which are on page 7 she says! :-)
The big intimidating part of this pattern is the elastic around the leg holes- no problem: the pattern doesn't even use a casing- it is just stitched on with a zig-zag stitch, couldn't be quicker. If you have a serger a rolled hem around those leg holes would look great-- maybe in a contrasting thread??? 
Wouldn't that be cute?
So who is ready to try making some baby clothes????
Thank you Jody for the adorable sample!

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