Sunday, July 15, 2012

Easy DIY Romper!

Rompers might be my favorite thing to wear in the summer, but being 5'10" I found it hard to find a romper that was long enough for me.  So I thought, why not sew one? It seemed easy - basically shorts attached to a tube top!

And I was right - I had no trouble throwing together this adorable romper.  It probably only took me about a half hour to complete.  Here's what you need to make your own:


1 yard of a lightweight fabric (depending on your size you might need more or less)
1.5 yards of 3/4 inch elastic


Let's start with creating the pattern for the shorts.  To figure out how to make your shorts pattern, measure around the biggest part of your waist and add about 5 inches.  A typical pair of shorts is constructed from 4 pieces - two back pieces and two front pieces. To figure out how wide to make each piece, take the measurement you took earlier and divide by 4.  The pattern below is based on my measurements (35 inch waist + 5 inches / 4 = 10 inches across).

Create a pattern similar to the one above on a piece of tissue paper, wrapping paper or butcher block paper.  Trace and cut your pattern onto your fabric, allowing about 1/4 inch for seam allowances.  You will need two back pieces and two front pieces, but make sure you flip your pattern over when tracing the second piece.   

Lay the two back pieces on top of each other right sides together.  Sew along the curved line.  Do the same for the front pieces.  You should now have two pieces that semi-resemble shorts. 
Lay the two pieces on top of each other right sides together.  Sew up the straight sides then stitch along the crotch curve.

You are now starting to have something that resembles shorts!  The next step is to make a casing for the elastic.  Fold down about an inch around the top of the shorts and sew around the bottom of that to make the casing.  Make sure you leave a space to insert the elastic.

Now measure your waist and subtract a few inches - that's how much elastic you need.  Secure a safety pin to the end of your elastic and feed it through the casing until you get to the end.  Sew both ends of the elastic together and then sew the casing shut.  Turn the shorts inside out and try them on to make sure they fit.  Hem the bottom of the shorts to your desired length. (If you need help with hemming, click here for directions!)

Congratulations! You're halfway done!

Now it's time to work on the top piece.  It's important that the top be the same width around as the shorts so that you can sew them together.  So whatever measurement you found for your waist in the beginning plus 5 inches, divide that by two to get the width for each of the two pieces (front and back) of the top.

Measure the length from underneath your armpit to your hip.  Add about half an inch for seam allowances.  This will be the length of your top.  Cut out two rectangular pieces of these dimensions.
Lay the pieces on top of each other, right sides together and sew up the sides.  Then, fold over about an inch over the top and create a casing just like we did for the shorts. Remember to leave space to insert the elastic!  Measure around your bust and subtract a few inches to get the length for the elastic.  Feed the elastic through the casing and sew the ends together just like we did for the shorts.

Now we just need to sew the two pieces together.  This part is a little tricky!  Turn the shorts right side out and insert them into the bottom of the top (which is still inside out).  Stretch the elastic of the shorts and pin in place to fit the circumference of the top.  I like to start with the sides and then pin at halfway points in between.  The more you pin, the easier this will be.

Stretching the elastic while you sew, sew around the circumference of the top/shorts.  Turn everything inside out, and try it on to make sure it fits!  

Congratulations! Your romper is complete.  Feel free to comment if you have any questions or suggestions!


  1. Oh, My Goodness!!! I can't believe I found you!!! I am 5'11" so I know exactly what you mean!!! I was looking on the net to find a DIY Romper pattern that I could use to make one myself and found you!!!! Thank you soooo much!

  2. Thank you for posting this tutorial!! Although I'm not so tall (5'4") I really appreciate this super quick and easy method for creating a romper. I might try to add some shoulder ties as a finishing touch. Thank you again! Now I'm going to browse your other posts. <3

  3. Awesome tutorial thank you for sharing I cannot wait to try!!

  4. What type of lightweight fabric? Could u use knit?

  5. Thanx for the tutorial...Super quick & cute

  6. Thanx for the tutorial...Super quick & cute

  7. Thank you for sharing I looked on Pinterest for over 4 hours till I found this so excited I made one your spot on with taking measurements I only made made one tweek it was a fake drawstring tie at waist...thank you again