Added Oct 14, 2013
This romper is made from vintage McCall’s pattern 5539. Aren’t those bows adorable?
I made size 8 bust size 31.5 despite my bust being closer to a 32. I had planned to grade up the pattern, but when I compared measurements from my Iris shorts pattern with 5539 pattern pieces there wasn’t much difference. My guess is this pattern has a decent amount of ease which might be alright with a drapey fabric, but I choose a quilting cotton. Just look at how perfect this red is! I constructed the romper pretty much as directed with a few minor changes; (1) my romper is fully lined to add some heft to the bottom half since I used a quilting cotton (2) the bows are tacked on as a decoration rather than a closure, the slit is now fastened with hook and eyes. The ties were just too thick in the cotton which made them impossible to tie into neat little bows.
Pattern Vintage McCall’s 5539
2 yards of red quilting cotton
2 yards of lining
1 yard 5/8” elastic
1/2 yard interfacing
5 hook and eyes
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