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Pretty Baby Romper Sewing Tutorial

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This would have to be the quickest and easiest romper you will ever make. A great little
everyday outfit for babies and toddlers from 3 months to 4 years old. Soft and comfortable for
your little one to wear all day. You can make it with or without the crotch fasteners.

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This style is definitely one to make if you are a beginner --- the pattern is so simple and the
sewing is easy --- nothing tricky. Follow the sewing tutorial closely to learn step by step how to
make the romper. It is best to print out only the pattern and use the tutorial on your computer
so you can zoom the photos.
Use soft pure cotton fabrics for best results --- cotton homespun, poplin or lawn are all suitable.
You can make a fabric shoulder tie or use ribbon --- one long tie, tied into a bow at the front or 2
ties tied up on the shoulders.
The romper is full and easy fitting, plenty of room for a diaper. Always check the size chart for
your correct size --- chest and height measurements are the best guide. If possible check and
adjust elastic size.

Fabrics and Trims Required

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The Fabric lengths are based on a cloth width of 112cm or 45 inches. The lengths below are
enough to cut the shoulder tie as well. If you want to cut the ties in a contrast fabric you will
need about 25cm / 10 x width of fabric.
You will also need 6mm / 1/4 wide elastic for the legs and a small amount of 12mm / 1/2 wide
readymade bias binding for the armhole edges. Large sew-on press snap fasteners x 3.
Make sure that the print you are using is not a one-way- up print --- you will need extra fabric in
this case. The little horse print I used is a one way print.
If you want to use a ribbon for the tie you will need a maximum of 1.60mt or 1.3/4yds of soft
25mm / 1 wide ribbon.

What you need to get started

1 = 12mths
70cm /
3/4yd
27cm /
10.1/4

2 = 2yrs
75cm/
7/8yd
28cm /
10.3/4

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0 = 6mths
65cm /
3/4yd
25cm /
9.1/2

3 = 3yrs
80cm /
7/8yd
30cm/
11.5

4 = 4yrs
85cm /
1yd
31cm/
12

Elastic x2

00 = 3mths
60cm /
2/3yd
24cm /
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Size
Fabric

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It is easier if you have a serger or overlock machine to finish the seams but if not use the zigzag
stitch on your plain sewing machine.

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All the instructions for cutting out the pattern are on each pattern piece and the seam
allowances are included. You should not need to adjust the pattern as it is fairly generous in fit
and can be adjusted a little with the shoulder ties.
Check that you have all the pattern pieces and trims: Note: the fronts and backs are the same.
Elastic x 6mm cut to size x 2
Bias binding x 12mm / 1/2
Large press snap fasteners x 3
Matching thread

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Fronts x 1 pair main fabric


Backs x 1 pair main fabric
Shoulder tie x 1 cut on fold OR x 2 cut
with seam join.
Ribbon x 1.60mt / 1.3/4yds --- optional.

Seam allowances --Main = 1cm / 3/8


Edges = 6mm / 1/4

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Cut out with fabric ties option.

Cut out with ribbon ties and crotch fasteners options.

Sew the body together


1/ Sew the center back and front seams
together, overlock and press. Sew the side
seams together, overlock and press.

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3/ if you are not using snap fasteners on


the crotch, sew the seam together from leg
edge to leg edge.
If you are using fasteners leave the crotch
seam open for now and continue on with
the armholes.

2/ Overlock the hem edges on the top/neck


and legs.
Press the leg hem casing allowance under
3cm / 1.1/4.

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The crotch seam is still open.

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4/ Fold the pressed hem/casing allowance


under and stitch down along the overlocked
edge. Then sew another row 12mm / 1/2
in to form a channel for the elastic --- leave
a small gap near the crotch seam to insert
the elastic.
Thread the Elastic --- cut to the correct
length for your size and use a safety pin to
thread through the casing, secure the ends
with some firm stitches and close the gaps.
I have made the elastic loose enough not to
cling or ride up the legs: you may want to
adjust the elastic size.

Sew the armholes

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Press under to the inside, pin and stitch the


binding edge down to finish.
Stretch the binding a little to make it go
smoothly around the curve of the armhole.
Press.

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5/ Cut two lengths of bias binding to fit


around the armhole edges. Pin this to the
outside of the armhole edges and sew
around with a 6mm / 1/4 seam or use the
fold in the binding as the seam width.

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Both armhole edges are now neatly finished


with binding.

Make the top edge neck


casing and ties

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6/ Press the edge under 1cm / 3/8 and


again 2.5cm / 1 --- the total allowance is
3.5cm / 1.3/8 so dont use more than this
or your armholes could end up too shallow.
Sew along the folded edge and be sure to
double tack at each end to secure the
stitching. Do this on back and front.

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7/ To make the fabric tie decide if you are


using one long tie to tie up in a bow at the
front or two ties to tie up on each shoulder.

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Now the romper is finished except for the


ties.
If you are using ribbon, thread this through
now and you are finished.

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Fold the tie in half along the length with the


right side inside and sew around the edge
with a 6mm / 1/4 seam. Leave a small gap
at mid point to turn the tie right side out.
Turn out by pushing through the gap,
smooth out the seam edge and press flat.

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Now thread the ties through the neck casing


and its finished. Use a large safety pin to
thread the ties.

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8/ Back at step 2 you have overlocked the


leg hem edges and pressed the hem
allowance under.
With the crotch seam open stitch the
hem/casing down along the overlocked
edge and then sew another row 12mm /
1/2 in from this to form the casing.

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Make the open crotch with


snap fasteners

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Thread the elastic through the casings and


pin or stitch to secure each end.

Pin a piece of readymade bias binding to


each side of the crotch opening on the right
side --- fold each end under for a neat
finish. Stitch this on using the crease in the
binding as the seam width.

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Now the crotch opening is finished and you


can position the snap fasteners --- three
should be enough --- place one at the
center and one on each end of the elastic
casing.
I always prefer to use the old fashioned
stitch on fasteners rather than the type that
you have to punch into the fabric: these can
eventually cut through the fabric.

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Pres the binding to the underside and sew


down along the edge and at the ends.

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Hand sew the snaps in place and remember


they have to face --- so one side will be
stitched to the outside and one to the
underside of the crotch.
The back and front are the same but it is
best to wear the romper so the front folds
over the back.

Finished!

Cutting Out ---- General Instructions


Placing patterns on fabric

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It is usually best to mark out or pin patterns to the wrong or inside face of fabric whether using
a double or single layer. Remember to reverse patterns marked Cut 1 RSU [right-side-up
patterns] when marking out on the wrong side of fabric.
Grain Lines are always placed along the length of the fabric parallel to the selvedge. To cut on
bias grain align pattern grain line to selvedge of fabric thus placing the pattern piece on a bias
angle.
To cut on fold place centre fold edge of pattern along fold of fabric OR on a single layer of
fabric mark out pattern by mirroring the pattern piece at the centre fold line.

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To cut a pair place pattern on double layer of fabric and cut 1 OR on a single fabric layer cut
pattern once face-up and once reverse-side-up.

Cutting out

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Always cut accurately along edge of pattern to avoid altering the finished size of the garment.
Clip notches for darts, seam matching and balance points, seam and hem allowances and all
other notations e.g. zippers, gathering, easing etc. Avoid clipping notches too close to seam
stitching lines.

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To mark dart points and pocket position points --- punch out drill hole mark on pattern with a
pattern hole punch or use a pin to pierce through pattern and fabric to mark the points on the
fabric with chalk or pencil.

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Nap --- fabrics with nap such as velvets and corduroys must always have all pattern pieces cut
facing in the same vertical direction, it may be necessary to allow more fabric length for nap
fabrics. You can choose which way to cut the nap by holding the fabric up and looking in a mirror
---- the top of the nap looks shinny and the under nap is matt and deeper in colour. Place
patterns so that the nap is facing upwards for a richer, deeper colour on the finished garment.

Seam Allowance

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Seam and Hem allowances are included on all patterns.


Main seams = 12mm / inch or 10mm / 3/8 inch ---- check the notches.
Edge seams e.g. waist edge, centre front, neckline, armholes, collar, flaps etc. = 6mm / inch
Internal seams e.g. facing to lining = 10mm / 3/8 inch
Hem turning = 40mm / 1.1/2 inches OR as marked on pattern.
Darts = stitch past dart drill hole 15mm / 5/8 inch to finish in fine point.

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TEST SQUARE
10 centimeters
3.15/16 inches

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Just a fraction under 4

Printing Instructions

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The Layout Plan page is a map of the pattern and shows how the pages of the pattern fit together. Scroll
through the pattern file and check that all pages have downloaded read the instruction pages and make
a note of the page numbers of the pattern pages.
To open and use a PDF pattern you will need to have Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat installed on your
computer. You can get a free download of Adobe Reader --- get.adobe.com/reader/ --- if you are
reading this then you already have it.
It is best to print out only the pages for the pattern and use the sewing tutorial by viewing it on your
computer screen.
To print you need an ordinary desk top printer. The pattern prints on A4 [210x297mm] or
8.1/4x11.5/8 plain paper. If you are in the USA you can use Letter size paper but the page border will
be narrower on the length or you can use Legal size paper.
The PDF is set up to print each of the pattern pages with a 12mm or 1/2"border. Do not change the
scale or orientation of the pages.
To check that your printer settings are correct: In the print box select "Properties" click Text, Plain Paper
and Size A4 --- click OK. Make sure Borderless is NOT selected.
In Print Range fill in the page numbers of the pattern pages only and tick the Preview box.

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For "Page Scaling" tick NONE [this is very important]. Tick the box "Auto Rotate and Centre" if you have
this option. DO NOT use Scale, Crop or Fit to Page options. Always choose No Scaling or Actual Size.
Page orientation --- its best to select the Auto portrait/landscape --- the pattern files may contain
pages of both orientations so this should ensure that all print out correctly. If you dont find this setting
and you want to print all the pages in the file, it is advisable to print the pages of the tutorial separately
from the pattern pages. The printer will automatically set the orientation by the first page in the print
range.
Before printing all the pages print out the Test Square page [this page]. The test square when printed in
the correct scale should measure exactly 10cm or a fraction less than 4 inches on all sides. If this is not
correct go back and check your printer settings.
When you have printed the pattern see the instructions for assembling and cutting out the pattern on
the Layout Plan page.

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Age
Approx.
Height
Chest
Waist
Hip
Arm
Length
Back
Length
Waist
height
Crotch
height

3-6
mths
62
44
44
43
27

6-9
mths
68
47
47
46
30

9-12
mths

12-18
mths

18-24
mths

2-3
yrs

76
50
50
49
33

84
53
52
53
37

92
56
54
56
42

16

17

19

31

36

41

20

24

10

4yrs

5yrs

6yrs

7yrs

8yrs

10yrs

100
58
56
59
46

108
60
58
62
49

115
62
60
64
53

120
64
62
66
56

125
66
64
68
59

130
68
66
70
61

140
72
67
74
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23

25

26

27

28

29

30

32

46

52

58

64

69

73

77

80

88

32

36

40

45

49

52

55

57

63

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Sizes

Centimeters

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Size Chart in Centimeters and Inches

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Inches
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Age
Approx

3-6
mths

6-9
mths

9-12
mths

12-18
mths

18-24
mths

2-3
yrs

4yrs

5yrs

6yrs

7yrs

8yrs

10yrs

24.1/2

26.3/4

30

33

36

39

42

45

47

49

51

55

17.1/4

18.1/2

19.3/4

21

22

22.3/4

23.1/2

24.1/4

25

26

26.3/4

28.1/2

18.1/2

19.3/4

20.3/4

21.1/2

22.1/4

22.3/4

23.1/2

24.1/4

25

26

27.1/2

17

18

19.1/4

21

22

22.3/4

23.1/2

24.1/4

25

26

26.3/4

28.1/2

10.1/2

11.3/4

13

14.1/2

16.1/2

18

19.1/4

20.3/4

22

23.1/4

24

26

6.1/4

6.3/4

7.1/2

8.1/4

9.3/4

10.1/4

10.5/8

11

11.3/8

11.3/4

12.5/8

12.1/4

14.1/4

16

18

20.1/2

22.3/4

25.1/4

27

28.3/4

30.1/4

31.1/2

34.1/2

9.1/2

11

12.1/2

14

15.3/4

17.3/4

19.1/4

20.1/2

21.1/2

22.1/2

24.3/4

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Sizes

Height
Chest
Waist
Hip
Arm
Length
Back
Length
Waist
height
Crotch
height

Felicity Sewing Patterns

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Layout Plan for Pattern Pages --- Pretty Baby Romper

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Felicity Sewing Patterns

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Colour Code

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Guide to Assemble the Pattern Pages

Use the Layout Plan as a guide to lay out all the pages in correct order --- the pages are numbered
according to the printing sequence.

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Each page meets at the border line so it is best to trim the borders off one or two sides of the overlapping
pages. You can see which borders to trim by looking at where they will join, it is best to trim all on the
same side, place the trimmed edge over the uncut border of the adjoining page. When joining the pages
always match the pattern lines rather than the edges or borders of the pages.

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It is best to glue the pattern pages together --- use paper paste or craft glue. Alternately use clear tape --use shorter strips of tape rather than long lengths. Make sure to place tape at the edges of the pattern
pieces and reinforce with extra tape on the back.
To cut out the pattern use the colour code listed on the pattern to determine each separate size. You can
cut out the size you require by following the coloured outline or you can keep the pattern nest in tact by
using a tracing wheel to trace a single size onto a sheet of paper. If patterns are not in colour follow the
size numbers along the lines.
The patterns already have the seam and hem allowances included --- these are indicated on the pattern by
short notch lines and/or noted in the pattern labeling.
The cuttingout instructions are noted on each pattern piece.
Grain lines are marked on all pattern pieces.
See the Cutting Out --- General Instructions for more information on cutting out fabric.

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Colour Code
00 = yellow
0 = red
1 = black
2 = green
3 = aqua
4 = blue

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Felicity Sewing Patterns


Pretty Baby Romper
Sizes: 00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.
To fit 3 months to 4 years.
website: www.felicitysewingpatterns.com
email: felicitypatterns@bigpond.com

Copyright protected: All parts of this


document are copyright and remain
the property of Felicity Sewing Patterns.
No part of this document cab be copied,
reproduced or re-sold as sewing pattern
products. For personal use only.

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