E had a beloved romper, a gift from my sister, that she wore the past two summers and has now outgrown. I wanted to make her a new romper this summer and showed E a couple different options. As soon as I showed her Sanae’s lovely linen romper she told me that was the one. Luckily they had this Japanese pattern book in stock at our Seattle Kinokuniya bookstore and I set to work.
I skipping the faux pockets and buttons and added some length to the shorts. Otherwise this is a size 110. I figured that size 110 would be safe as 110 in European clothing and other Japanese patterns have either fit or are too big. But I should have taken the time to translate the measurement chart in the book because the 110 barely fits E. Next time I’d make a size up and add some length to the top of the shorts pieces and to the bodice.
The fabric is Kaufman berry interweave chambray, left over from this apron. I also used a Kaufman interweave chambray on a jumprope dress and I love the colors and the shimmer but I do wish it were a bit softer.
E has picked this out to wear a couple times since making it, so I think she’s pleased. And while she thinks the ties are lovely, I have found them to be a bit of a hassle. I shortened them from the pattern, which helped a bit, but they’re still not a practical wardrobe choice for a four year old. They come untied constantly and she needs help for every bathroom trip. To make this a more practical garment I might swap the ties out for some elasticized straps.
So, my future with Japanese patterns is still to be determined. The styles can be delightful and the patterns are certainly a bargain. But the fit seems iffy, which is a bummer after putting all that time into making the pattern pieces and deciphering the directions. For this pattern, I think there was an error on the pattern pieces for the waistband and top band. I also ended up constructing them a bit differently (I think) so that there were no raw edges on these parts.
And now, a bit more summer sewing for O and then I’m ready to move on to fall. It was cool and rainy this morning and I loved it. This poor land needs some water.