I have been working on about ten projects at once and decided it was time to finish something so I could blog about it 🙂 I love cute little summer clothes and especially like when they are one easy piece to put on. No hot layers to worry about. So I decided to make Decker some cute summer rompers.
I made just a few alterations to the pattern that easily turned a pajama into a romper.
And with appliques on the front it makes them even cuter!
Here’s a tutorial of how I made it. You will need to purchase the Classic Footed Pajama pattern or be creative and completely draft up your own pattern.
First cut out one front piece on the fold and two separate back pieces (this is opposite of the pajama pattern). Mark the leg length to the length you want your shorts, leaving enough room to hem (about half of the leg length). Next cut two sleeves, again about half of the length for short sleeves with enough room to hem. Cut the neck band the length the pattern says. Cut two rectangles for the back snaps (mine were about 3×4″ for the 6 month size). Cut two rectangles for the crotch snaps the length of the crotch opening (6×2″ for the 6 month size). Cut pieces of fusible interfacing to match the four snap pieces.
Add your applique to the front piece.
Hem your sleeves using a double needle.
Attach your front and back pieces at the shoulder. Attach the sleeves and sew the side seems. (Steps 14-16 of the pattern)
Iron the fusible interfacing to the four snap pieces.
Take one back snap piece and sew the two short ends right sides together. Turn it right sides out and sew it onto the right side of the top end of the left back piece.
Take the other back snap piece and sew ONE short end with right sides together. Turn right sides out and sew to the wrong side of the top end of the right back piece, with the open short end lined up at the neckline.
Sew the neck band on (step 21-22 of the pattern) making sure that it lines up at the end of the right back piece, sewing over the snap rectangle, and goes to the end of the left back piece leaving the left snap piece out of the way.
Sew the two back pieces together stopping just below the two back snap pieces.
Hem the shorts with a double needle.
With right sides together sew the crotch snap pieces to the crotch area of the legs. (Make sure you ironed your interfacing on first!)
Snip the snap piece in the middle to allow it to curve.
Press the snap pieces toward the inside of the garment. Top stitch the pieces down (I did it about 3/4″ away from the edge).
Add snaps to the back pieces and the crotch, or use snap tape for the crotch.
Clip any threads and you are done!