When Green Bee Patterns (the design + sewing collaboration of my friends Alexia and Michelle Abegg) first signed up as a Made By Rae sponsor earlier this year, we immediately started dreaming of some uber-cute ensembles out of Lotus Pond fabric with the Green Bee Patterns. Jess did most of the sewing since I was (am) still on a bit of a maternity break and she did a fantastic job!! I adore the little bit of green diamond print that she used for the facings and waistband casing. It’s just as pretty on the inside as outside. My contribution was to add these awesome red buttons for a fun pop of color:
Here are Jess’ notes on the pattern:
Hey all! Isn’t this just about the cutest thing? I have fond memories of a couple of rompers that I had when I was right around Clementine’s age (probably hand-me-downs from Rae, come to think of it!), and I wish I could get them back. I know at least one of them was made from terry cloth for true five year-old comfort.
This pattern is the Sally Romper and Dress. Based on Clementine’s measurements, we decided to trace the pattern pieces for View A using the size 4 lines for width and the size 5 lines for length. This worked really well, and was not a difficult adjustment. I’m not the *most* experienced sewist, so this was a nice lesson in simple pattern modification.
The pattern is clear and well-written, with a nice big sheet of instructions that I just pinned to the wall in front of my sewing machine for reference. Sewing a romper is basically like sewing a blouse and a pair of shorts, then stitching them together. All those steps seemed a little daunting at first, but each one is manageable and well-illustrated. I’d put this in the intermediate skill level for sewing.
My favorite features of this pattern are the the side-seam pockets on the shorts, and the button-up front. I think this would be adorable with contrasting waist band and shorts cuffs…maybe next time!
And then it was ready for Clementine to take it for a spin!!!
(Please don’t pin photos of Clementine. Thanks!)
We’re having lots of fun with Lotus Pond around here! If you’ve made any Lotus Pond stuff of your own, we’d LOVE to see your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lotuspondfabric or in the Lotus Pond Flickr Pool!