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BurdaStyle Halter turned into Romper with Ankara Pleated skirt

Added Jun 9, 2014

by Dominica Bri...

Houston , Texas,...






Jumpsuits are so versatile and easy to style. Who wouldn’t want to simplify their life by being styled in an all in one outfit. I love the elegance of jumpsuits and how you can style them up or down. The playfulness of rompers are also perfect for carefree weekends. Now, I’ve always had trouble with jumpsuits fitting me correctly since I’m 5’2". So why not just make my own, right?

I purchased this teal crepe that was so easy to iron and sew with from a local fabric store called High Fashions Fabric.

Top of Romper was made with Burda pattern, option A
The following alterations were:

Cut 6 inched down middle of front

Add an additional 4" to each side at top by shoulder for deep pleats instead of gathers

Add additional 2" to back at top of shoulder for deep pleats instead of gathers

Exposed CB of 10" instead of 3"

Attached 17" zipper in back of both shirt and shorts

Removed 3" from bottom of shirt

Added interfacing to standing neck band for stability

Shorts were made with McCalls Pattern, option B
The following alterations were:

Changed side zipper to back zipper

Removed darts

Removed waistband

Tapered pattern based on measurement of waist, hip and thigh.

Shorten to liking

When I bought the fabric for the romper I immediately knew what to pair it with. No pattern was used for the skirt. The width of fabric was 45" which was folded in half as I cut:

2 panels of 23" long

One 6" panel for waistband and interfaced as well.

Stitched the two 23" panels together.

Since these shorts are well above the “fingertips” I thought a cover skirt would be great for when I wanted slightly more coverage. I wanted my shorts exposed even when wearing the skirt. So I took the waistband and wrapped it around my waist before adding skirt and measured 3 inches from CF on both L and R sides for the opening.

Pleats were added to entire skirt.

2 button holes added to waistband.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Evening Wear, Romantic
Cotton, Blends

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    Jun 21, 2014, 10.03 PMby surfjewels

    Love the halter with the skirt, very nice.


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    Jun 18, 2014, 05.56 PMby gtangel

    amazing. too stylish. what a combo. Love it

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    Jun 16, 2014, 05.33 AMby Mary Athey

    This looks gorgeous on you. I saw something similar in a movie from the 50’s and loved it. Then again I loved everything they had on in the movie lol. You did a lovely job and created a smashing outfit x

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      Jun 17, 2014, 12.42 PMby Dominica Briscoe

      It’s so funny how fashion always makes a full circle. What was once the trend becomes vintage then becomes new again. What was the name of the movie? Thanks Mary

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      Jun 17, 2014, 02.49 PMby Mary Athey

      It was an Elvis one, they where round a pool area and one of the women took her skirt of and she had a halterneck short combo on so like yours , I can’t remember the title though sorry x

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    Jun 15, 2014, 08.56 PMby Mokara

    HOT! I love it.

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    Jun 15, 2014, 07.10 PMby rita61

    Neat outfit.

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    Jun 15, 2014, 06.45 PMby Madcinderella

    Wow, that looks really stylish and great, good job! :D

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    Jun 15, 2014, 06.45 PMby cris orange

    Wow, the romper is so beautiful and the skirt above it is a very original idea, live it!

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