I’ve never thought of myself as a romper girl.  Something about a top-to-bottom outfit that isn’t a dress just messes with my head and I’m not always ready for it.  The thing is…testing new patterns always pushes me outside of my typical style choice and comfort level and it makes me try things I normally wouldn’t.  I’m glad Judy decided to design this new romper pattern because it is CA-UTE and I’m super smitten with it.

Let’s talk about the Runabout Romper…shall we?

The pattern comes with a ton of different options.  Tank top, short sleeves, long sleeves, off-the-shoulder neckline, scoop neckline, knee-length skirt, maxi skirt, shorts, pants, optional pocket, optional drawstring…..whew.  I’m tired just thinking about all of the combos you could create with just one pattern purchase.  The pattern features a dolman style sleeve, which means that it’s super beginner friendly.  Dolman sleeves are not only an easy fit, but you also don’t have any sleeves to ease into armscyes, which is why we always say it’s a good idea for beginners.  More straight lines, less fuss is always a good way to start when you’re a newbie!

If you haven’t guessed yet, I chose the tanktop sleeve, the shorts bottoms, and added the slap pockets.  Because who would want a pocketless romper? Am I right?

If I’m being honest, I totally did not even pretend to attempt to stripe/pattern match my fabric.  Too many lines, and I wasn’t in the mood when I was cutting it all out.  But it doesn’t look too bad, even mismatched….right?  (You can lie to me if that makes you feel better.)

I saw this fabric in the winter months, on clearance, and had no plans for it but NEEDED it to be in my life.  I’m glad my impulsive fabric purchasing behavior payed out — because this is the perfect summer rompers.  Since we can’t have big parties that I can wear this to, I’ll just create backyard parties with Bennett and Louis and party on anyway.

For all necklines, and the tanktop finishes, everything is banded with a traditional tshirt neckband.  Though I think it could be super sweet if you put a binding on it as well.  I didn’t go super creative with my Runabout Romper, but the bands, waistband and pockets allow for some pretty sweet color/pattern mixing and accents.

Sorry that every practically every single picture has me with my hands in my pockets.  I guess I was really excited that they existed.  You would do the same!


Patterns: Runabout Romper by Patterns for Pirates

Fabric: Double Brushed Poly from Fabric.com (no longer available on the site)