Check Out How I Made an Adorable Romper From Scratch in This Tutorial

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3 Hours

I love a good romper. They can be so cute and obviously they’re perfect for hot summer weather. I was really excited to give this project a try, and spoiler alert: I’m in love. I’m seriously so happy with the way this romper came out and I am so excited to wear it. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through exactly how I made this awesome romper from scratch.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • 2 Front Pieces
  • 2 Back pieces
  • 2 4” straps
  • 2 pocket pieces
  • 2 facings for pockets
  • 7-9” invisible zipper
  • 4 buttons
  • Sewing pins
  • Clippers/scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Seam ripper
  • Marking chalk
  • Ruler
make a romper, Make a romper
Make a romper
Draw your pattern

I started off with a pattern for a romper that I bought, but after doing a test-run, I realized that I didn’t love it. So the first thing I had to do was modify and adjust the pattern for this project. Once my pattern was ready, I traced the front and back pieces, as well as the darts, onto a separate paper.

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How to make a romper
Mark your placements

I put on a shirt and used marking chalk to mark different lines. I marked where I want the neckline to be, the strap placement, the diagonal armpit part, where I want the back to be, and for reference, I also marked my waist. 

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How to make a romper out of fabric
Copy the shirt markings

I took off the shirt and placed it on the pattern, matching up the waistline and the shoulders, and drew the markings I made on the shirt onto the pattern, with added seam allowance. Then I cut out the pattern. 

make a romper, How to make a romper from scratch
How to make a romper from scratch
Cut out the fabric pieces

Using a polyester blend that was 58” wide and 1 ⅜ yards long, I drew out the straps and cut out all the pieces of the pattern. Then I traced my dart lines onto the fabric. 

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Romper from scratch
Sew the darts

The first things I sewed were the darts. This pattern had two darts on the front, and two in the back. I folded the darts and sewed them. 

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Fabric romper DIY
Sew together the front pieces

Next, I took my front pieces and placed them right sides together, and sewed all along the center-front seam. I did the same thing on the back, but only sewed it to the end of the zipper. 

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How to DIY a romper
Make the pockets

To make the pockets, I took the pocket facing and folded the edges under by ⅝”, then ironed the fold and sewed it down. Then I placed it on the pocket, right sides together, and sewed all around. I then flipped it inside out and folded down all the edges by ⅝”, and did a topstitch at the fold line and went up, across, down, and stopped at the other fold.  

make a romper, Romper with pockets
Romper with pockets
Add the pockets to the romper

Once my pockets were done, I placed them onto the romper, made a line where I wanted the fold to be, and pinned them in place. Then I sewed from one fold line all around to the other side of the fold line, making sure to leave the flap open. 

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Romper with pockets DIY
Add the zipper

I then pinned the zipper onto the romper, right sides together. Once they were pinned, I flipped it over to the other side so I could pin down the second side with the right sides together as well. Once that’s in place, I sewed it down.

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How to DIY a romper with pockets
Hem the raw edges

The next thing I had to do is was hem the different raw edges of the romper, so I did a simple rolled hem along the neckline. If you’re making this and you want it to look more professional, I would suggest doing a facing on the neckline, instead of a rolled hem. After the neckline, I hemmed the bottom of the shorts.

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Cute romper DIY
Connect the front and back

To connect the front of the romper to the back, I pinned them together, right sides facing each other, and sewed along the side seams and crotch seam. 

make a romper, Romper with straps
Romper with straps
Make the straps

The next thing I needed to do was add the straps. I couldn’t decide if I wanted a regular strap or an overlapping strap with a button, so I hit the Instagram polls, and the winner was the button straps. To make them, I took the fabric and folded it in half lengthwise and pinned it. Then I sewed along the long edge and closed one end. Then I flipped it inside out and ironed it flat before attaching them to the front of the romper. 

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Jumpsuit DIY
Add buttons

To add buttons to my straps, I had to create buttonholes. The button I had chosen was too big for the buttonhole hook, so I did it the old fashioned way. First, I marked the top and bottom of the button on the strap where I wanted the button to be. Then I sewed a small rectangle with a zigzag stitch, and used my seam ripper to cut open the inside of that square. Lastly, I hand sewed the two big buttons on the back and the two small buttons on the pockets. 

make a romper, Completed romper
Completed romper

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Completed jumpsuit

Okay, you guys, I’m obsessed. Seriously, this came out so cute! I absolutely love the buttons on the crossed straps and am so happy with the way it looks. I need it to be summer forever so I can wear this all the time. It was also relatively easy to do, so I’m calling this one a success. Should I just go ahead and make one in every color? I probably won’t, but if you make one, show me your variations in the comments! 

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