Good morning! How was your weekend? I clocked in some quality family time and friends time (swimming! kiddie and grown-up playdates!), and now I’m ready to take on the week.
Rompers. Let’s talk rompers for a minute. I love the idea of it, and think they are beyond adorable and so nostalgic. It seems like it would be so convenient as an all-in-one outfit like a dress, but the reality is that K would plop the whole thing down onto the floor of some grotesque public bathroom (because doesn’t it always happen that way?), and then happily wear it for the rest of the day without a care in the world, smearing unspeakable elements onto me as she covers me with hugs and kisses. The germaphobe in me can’t abide it.
So, the genius people who created this Japanese pattern book clearly read my mind, and made a pattern for a tank/shorts combo that looks like rompers but is infinitely more bathroom friendly.
And then a couple of weeks ago, the lovely Heidi of Elegance & Elephants sent me a copy of her super cute bubble shorts pattern (thank you Heidi!!) so I knew that I had to try my faux rompers idea with her pattern. I’ve also mentioned that the book was from Frances of Miss Matatabi (thank you Frances!!) so today’s outfit has been all about using patterns that were generously bestowed and I’m feeling quite incredulous and chuffed, as the British say (I have a good friend who’s a Brit, and I know that she would find it hilarious that I’m mangling her terminologies). Anyway, I believe this is the part where I’m supposed to say that all opinions are my own, and they definitely are.
I made bubble shorts before from a Japanese sewing book here, but it was so nice to have very clear instructions in English this time around. It was my first time using a digital pattern, and truly, it was so painless. The construction process is virtually the same as the Japanese one, but I like that Heidi’s version has a little more length. The top is as straightforward as they come, and was a quick sew.
Aren’t those giant wooden dice awesome?
But there’s more! I made the other version of the bubble shorts and some other goodies. Check back tomorrow for part 2…