I'm so pleased to introduce this adorable bubble romper! Its taken me longer than usual as I've been struck down with a horrible flu! Taking care of three little children when sick is no mean feat! But luckily I had prepared this one earlier!
Sweet Pea is a PDF pattern by Pumpkin & Bunny, it includes sizes Newborn to 6T. It was a joy to test again for Sparrow - who is the brains behind the whole operation! I'm always surprised by her elegant designs & neat finishes - inside & out. Her patterns result in quality garments that you will cherish!
This romper has the option of short or full legs, both are equally delightful! I made the full leg and as the weather here in Australia is getting cooler, I needed to pair it with a skivvy.
You have the choice of snap closure for easy changes or toileting (I'm a big fan of snaps for easy changes! Otherwise you would have to remove the whole garment off a wriggly baby or toddler! No-one's idea of fun!!) Or just sew the crotch seam closed (*Good-luck*!)
Clear easy to-follow instructions are given for inserting snaps. Made even easier if you have a snap press.
There are two different side embellishment options - should you choose to use them. I opted for the side ties & angled them (which is my own deviation) or you can choose the bow option.
The pattern also gives templates & instructions for front embellishments - which is actually a rare a gem! Often times, we, the sewer, are left to our own devices on how to embellish! You could leave the front plain or even embroider it, but I loved the bib option!! I lined my bib - so I wouldn't have exposed stitching (aside from the top stitching.)
I also had real freshwater pearls on hand, which I often use for buttons. Would you believe REAL pearls are cheaper to buy than plastic button ones?! Crazy hey?! So I popped on 3 pearls in place of buttons.
The back closes with buttons or snaps and you will need to make the most AMAZING placket (yes I know I said "amazing" and "placket" in the same sentence.) However, I don't exaggerate, this placket has very clear instructions and has a wonderful finish - yes - I don't kid you - you will be very pleased with yourself and the result!
I made my Sweet Pea romper in quilting cotton and pin cord - the cord is probably a little bit thick for the pattern and did make turning a little more difficult as the bodice is fully lined. I would highly recommend quilters cotton for the application.
This pattern would suit intermediate sewers - there are some trickier areas of the sew. Although the instructions are very thorough and each step well photographed. I have always believed you have to start somewhere and even if your an adventurous beginner, with some dedication and time, the romper could be achieved! It is well worth the effort!! I only wish it were warmer here!
If you would like to read more about Sweet Pea or purchase the pattern, please visit Pumpkin & Bunny HERE