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The embodiment of summer. Just sewing this garment with its gathered shoulders and hem ruffles puts us in a holiday mood! Follow this sewing lesson to make our Printed Romper pattern that debuted in our Surfer Girl pattern collection from the July 2017 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. Check out all the great diagrams to help you sew this summery romper.

Refer to the pattern’s store page here for specific fabric yardage and notion requirements. Also remember to add seam allowance (you can either add to the paper pattern before cutting or to the fabric around the pattern… see below), further info and amounts can be found in the instructions PDF after purchase.


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Step 1: CUT OUT FABRIC PIECES
Fold fabric in half lengthwise, right side facing in, so that the selvages lie together. Pin pa-per pattern pieces to the fabric as shown in cutting layout. With a ruler and tailor’s chalk, mark the seam allowances, as follows: 1.5 cm (5/8") at all seams and edges. Draw measured pieces (a to f) directly on the fabric, with tailor’s chalk. Cut out all fabric pieces, along chalk lines. Pieces shown extending over the fabric fold (a, f) should be cut last from a single layer of fabric.


Step 2: TRANSFER PATTERN MARKINGS TO THE FABRIC
For sizes 36 to 44, mark buttonholes (for drawstring casing) on pattern piece 23, the same distance from edges as marked for size 34. On all fabric pieces, use dressmaker’s carbon paper and a tracing wheel to transfer the pattern outlines (seam and hem lines) and all other pattern markings to the wrong side of the fabric. Follow the instructions included with the carbon paper. Hand baste along facing fold lines to make them visible on right side of fabric.


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Step 3: NECK EDGES / FACING STRIPS
Fold each bias strip for front neck edge © in half lengthwise, wrong side facing in. Press. Pin each folded strip to neck edge of front piece, right sides facing, so that open edges lie on seam allowance, 7 mm (1/4") wide. Stitch strip in place along marked neck edge. Trim seam allowance to 7 mm (1/4") wide. Turn strip to inside and baste in place. Press neck edge. Topstitch 5 mm (3/16") from neck edge. Finish neck edges of back pieces with bias strips (d) in same manner.


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Step 4: CENTER FRONT AND CENTER BACK SEAMS
Lay front pieces together, right sides facing. Pin centre front seam. Stitch seam. Trim seam allowances to 7 mm (1/4") wide, finish edges of allowances together, and press allowances to one side. Stitch center back seam in same manner, finish edges, and press.


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Step 5: ARMHOLE EDGES / FACING STRIPS
Stitch two facing strips (e) to armhole edges of front as described for step 3. Trim seam allowances. Turn strips to inside and baste in place. Press armhole edges. Topstitch 5 mm (3/16") from armhole edges. Stitch remaining strips to armhole edges of back in same manner, turn to inside, then baste and stitch in place.


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Step 6: SIDE SEAMS
Lay front on back, right sides facing. Pin side seams, matching seam numbers (1). Stitch seams. At each seam, trim seam allowances to 7 mm (1/4") wide, finish edges of allowances together, and press allowances toward back.


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Step 7: SHOULDER EDGES /CASINGS FOR DRAWSTRINGS
Press allowances on shoulder edges to wrong side. On each shoulder edge, turn self-facing to wrong side, along marked fold line, pin in place, and edgestitch in place.


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Step 8: SHORTS SIDE SEAMS /IN-SEAM POCKETS
Pin pocket pieces to front and back shorts pieces, right sides together, matching seam marks. Stitch pocket pieces in place. Press pocket pieces over attachment seams. Lay each shorts front piece on shorts back piece, right sides facing. Pin side seams, matching seam numbers (2). Stitch side seams, interrupting stitching between seam marks, for pocket openings. Tie-off ends of seams with backstitching. Finish edges of allowances. Press seams open.


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Step 9: STITCH POCKET PIECES TOGETHER
Press pocket pieces toward shorts fronts, pin together, then stitch together. Finish edges of seam allowances together. Baste upper edges of pockets to shorts fronts.


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Step 10: INNER LEG SEAMS
Fold each shorts leg lengthwise, right side facing in. Pin inner leg seams, matching seam numbers (3). Stitch seams. At each seam, trim seam allowances, finish edges of allowances together, and press allowances toward back.


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Step 11: CENTER SEAM
Turn one shorts leg right side out. Pull this leg into the second leg, right sides facing. Pin centre seam, matching inner leg seams. Stitch centre seam, on shorts back ending seam at facing fold line (arrow) – here the elastic will be pulled into the waistband, later. Finish edges of seam allowances. Press seam open from upper front and back edges to beginnings of crotch curve, pressing allowances on open section to wrong side.


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Step 12: RUFFLES
Stitch ends of each ruffle piece together, to form a ring. Finish edges of seam allowances and press seams open. On each ruffle, finish lower edge and press it to wrong side, 1.5 cm (5/8") wide. Topstitch 1 cm (3/8") from fold edge, thereby catching allowance. Gather upper edge. To do this, machine baste (longest stitch setting) 12 mm (1/2") from edge and again 5 mm (3/16") from first line of basting. Pull bobbin threads of machine basting to gather to match edge of leg. Knot gathering threads. Distribute gathering evenly.


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Step 13: ATTACH RUFFLES
Pin each ruffle to lower edge of leg, right sides facing, matching ruffle seam to inner leg seam. Stitch between lines of gathering stitching, to attach ruffle. Trim seam allowances. Finish edges of allowances together. Turn ruffle down. Press allowances up. Topstitch leg close to ruffle attachment seam. Remove visible gathering threads.


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Step 14: ATTACH BODICE
On shorts front, work one horizontal buttonhole on each side of centre seam, for the drawstring, as marked. To prevent the fabric from tearing, first iron small pieces of interfacing to wrong side of fabric, over buttonhole markings. Pull bodice over shorts as illustrated, right sides facing. Side seams must match and centre seams must match. The seam line on bodice must meet facing fold line on shorts. Pin pieces together and stitch as pinned.


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Step 15: ELASTIC CASING
Turn bodice up. Press bodice allowance up. Press self-facing down, into shorts, and pin in place. To form casings for elastic and drawstring, topstitch shorts 3 times, spaced 1.6 cm (5/8") apart, thereby catching the self-facing. Cut two pieces of elastic, each approx. 70 – 74 – 78 – 82 – 86 – 90 cm (28" – 30" – 31" – 33" – 34" – 36") long, for size 34 – 36 – 38 – 40 – 42 – 44. Check fi t of elastic. Pull elastic into upper and lower casings, using a safety pin as bodkin. Overlap ends of each elastic by 1 cm (3/8") and sew together by hand.


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Step 16: DRAWSTRING FOR WAIST
Fold each drawstring piece (a) in half lengthwise, right side facing in. Stitch 7 mm (1/4") from fold edge. Thread thread ends into darning needle and knot securely. Push needle through fabric tube, eye end first, to turn tube right side out. Stitch drawstrings together to form one long piece. To do this, overlap ends by 1 cm (3/8") and stitch together. Using a small safety pin as bodkin, pull drawstring into one buttonhole, along middle casing, and out the second buttonhole.


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Step 17: STRAPS
Sew drawstrings for straps (f) as described in Step 16. Run each drawstring through front and back shoulder casings, as illustrated, and tie in bow on the side. Thread 3 beads onto each drawstring end then knot drawstring ends.


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FINISHED!

Want more sewing lessons? Check out our last one here on our Bow Neck Blouse.

3 Comments

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    Jul 24, 2017, 03.22 PMby judydormessant

    Nice article ! Thx

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    Jul 24, 2017, 02.40 PMby Fressine

    Thx for the article

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    Jul 21, 2017, 05.58 AMby nrobson

    beautiful! lovely print, colors, and style. =D x

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