For the unfamiliar, Blank Slate offers PDF download patterns for kids (and a few women's patterns, too) in sizes 18M to a child's 8.
Seriously, how cute is this?
|Retro Romper at the playground|
When I discovered Blank Slate patterns, I knew that I had to make this pattern for Eva as soon as the weather was warm enough.
|Contemplating a slide|
Nearly all of the romper's seams are enclosed in a visible bias binding. This was a little time-consuming to do, but I think it's pretty clear that it "makes" the garment.
For my version, I used a remnant of red Sophia knit from my stash and strawberry-and-cherry print bias tape that I purchased for this project from Pacific Fabrics here in Seattle.
|Love this binding!|
The only modification that I made to the pattern was to add a snap crotch instead of sewing the crotch shut. Even though we don't need to change diapers quite as frequently as we used to, I didn't want to have to take her romper off every time that we changed her. To incorporate the snap crotch, I simply bound the inseam with bias tape and set three snaps into the binding. There might be a better way to do this, but this method seemed the most intuitive to me and seems to work just fine.
I really love how the romper turned out, and I definitely would like to make this again. The pattern specifies that it can be used for a knit or a woven; since I used a knit this time, I'd like to try it again in a woven. I might even get ambitious and make my own bias binding!
|Until next time!|