Hi, lovely sewists! Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well and you’re soaking in the some summer rays instead of staring longingly out a window while it’s pouring cats and dogs outside. That’s been my week…rain and then more rain.
So, what do you do when you can’t go outside? Sew, of course!
Let’s start with a discussion on my new favorite trend: rompers! Are they not a mom’s best friend? I mean, whether you’re chasing a preschooler or a third-grader, choosing a one piece to wear is easier than choosing two.
Admittedly, I always believed only toddlers should wear rompers. But when Terra of New Horizons Designs released the much-anticipated Bayside Romper & Dress with shorts, pants, mini dress, and maxi options, I did a double-take.
What’s not to like? Comfy and chic, the Bayside is equipped with two front pockets, an elastic or drawstring waist, a short sleeves or tank version, crossover back, and now tons of hacks which can keep you sewing for months. Choosing which option to make wasn’t easy, but time and yardage helped me finally decide on the tank version with the mini skirt. I couldn’t be more pleased.
I originally had this grand idea of making a straight back with lace, but my hacking skills are seriously lacking. So, I admitted defeat, and sewed the romper/dress as directed.
Everything went smoothly until I got to the elastic waist. After pulling the skirt from inside the bodice, I edge stitched the seam allowance in place from the front instead of the wrong side, and totally missed the seam allowance in some places. After ripping out my stitches, I started again from the wrong side, and it went together easily.
I have always loved Terra’s patterns and this one was no exception.
Pattern sizing: I was between sizes, so I went down to a size small for a more fitted look.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes.
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. This designer has very thorough instructions.
Fabric used: Pattern recommends knit fabric with 35% stretch (cotton lycra, jersey, cotton interlock, brushed poly, liverpool, poly blends, rayon spandex). I used a double brushed poly from Knitpop.
Did you alter the pattern in any way? No.
Was there anything you disliked or would change? I made everything as directed, but I really want to try a ton of hacks.
Would you sew it again? Yes.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes.
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Confident beginner.
Shirts/dresses: Were the sleeves cut on the on the fold? No, they had a front and back. Cut 2 mirror pieces. I sewed the tank version, so this didn’t apply to me.
Does the pattern include layers for easy printing? Yes.
Seam allowance used in the pattern? Yes, 3/8″
Is the pattern cut or no trim pages? No trim pages.
I hope you enjoyed your visit! Until next time!