Materials you need at home:
- This romper can be made from both woven and knit fabrics, and different fabric can create quite a different look and feel to the romper. Fabrics with more drape create a softer, more casual, flowing look to the romper, whereas something like a quilting cotton creates a more structured version. This romper can be made for all seasons depending on the fabrics used.
- Note: The Gathered Yoke version has the tendency to look “poofy” through the middle if made with a stiffer fabric such as quilting cotton, which looks very cute on toddlers. However, to avoid a “balloony” look for older children, a fabric with a little drape is recommended.
- Wovens: Quilting cotton, cotton voile, cotton lawn, batiste, calico, poplin, rayon (viscose), chambray, double gauze, silk, lightweight linen, lightweight wool/merino, flannel, seersucker, homespun, crepe, lace. Flat Front version only: corduroy, lighter denims, drill.
- Knits: French terry, brushed poly, interlock, sweater, sweatshirt, cotton/poly blend, waffle knit, cotton lycra, rayon, merino blends, cotton jersey. Knit Cuffs: Fabric with a good stretch recovery such as cotton lycra or ribbing. You could use the same fabric as the body of your romper for a more relaxed fit and look.
- The below numbers indicate the romper being made full length with any strap and pocket options, with the following exceptions.
- All sizes below 3-6m require a total of 80cm for the Broad Halter or Broad Bow versions regardless of fabric width.
- You may need more if matching plaids/checks or if you have a directional fabric.
Other Supplies & Notions
- Elastic for back; depending on your chosen version you may need it for the front and legs too. Typically this calls for 1” (2.5cm) elastic, however, you can use thinner for a different look if desired. You will need between 1/2 yard/metre and 1 yard/meter depending on your chosen version and size of romper.
- Spool of coordinating thread
- Washable marker to mark the position of elastic, pockets, and snaps or buttonholes onto your fabric
- Buttons or snaps to fasten if desired
- Small amount of interfacing if applying snaps
- If making a knit version, you may need cotton tape, stay tape, or a strip of fusible web to stabilise the bodice side seams