Welcome back to my first Sew-along! If you missed the first day, no problem, click here to catch up. We are making a romper from the Children’s Corner Johnny pattern. Easy to make and to customize, you can fill their closets with longalls. At $60-80 a pop in stores, you are going to love being able to make this yourself and end up with a better product than you can buy. To set the record straight, the pattern maker is NOT sponsoring this sew-along. I picked this pattern because I love it and think you will, too. So let’s get going!
TODAY’S GOAL: Sew center front, center back and side seams of romper main fabric and lining, then attach main fabric to lining!
STEP ONE: Sew the center front seams.
STEP TWO: Sew back pieces together along back center seam. Press these seams open.
STEP THREE: Repeat for lining.
NOTE: If you plan to embellish the front of the romper, now is the time. You can add a pocket (instructions included with your pattern), a monogram, applique, knee patches, etc. I will cover this in future blogs for sure. But for our first sew-along, I am keeping it simple. That said, since Baby Q is a boy and this owl fabric is working up on the feminine side of the things, I am going to use the embroidery machine and add a chunky Q to help this romper man up!
STEP FOUR: Now it’s time to attach the main fabric to the lining. You’ll want to stuff the lining inside the main fabric, RIGHT side to RIGHT side.
STEP FIVE: Pin around the neck, straps and arms. TIP: Pin at the top of the side seams first, then center seams, then tops of all four straps, then fill in the gaps with pins. This helps to keep the fabric together in all the important spots, the fabric evenly distributed. And you cannot over pin, but you can under pin and pay the price with fabric that shifts when you are sewing which means you’ll be ripping out a seam : (
STEP SIX: Sew the seam. Clip corners of straps, careful not to cut through the thread of the seams.
Set aside until tomorrow when we finish our project! Also, I HATE snap tape, so I highly recommend buying an inexpensive snap setter tool and not just any inexpensive snap setter tool, but THIS ONE (again, not sponsors, I’ve just used the others and they are awful!). You’ll need size 16 long prong snaps. Here’s a source for them as well. Though please don’t miss this opportunity to support your local indie sewing store, they probably have both in stock or can order them for you : )
Until tomorrow! Oh, if you have questions or my instructions are not clear, PLEASE tell me! This is my first Sew-along so your feedback is so helpful! Click here to follow Day 3 instructions.