I have been adamantly against rompers ever since I stopped wearing them in kindergarten. Rompers are back and they are everywhere. I have never even considered a romper pattern for myself until I saw the Cali Faye Fenix Romper. I love that it almost looks like a dress.
When I first started purchasing fabric I had no idea what I was looking for or how to visualize what it would make later. I have ended up with some fabrics that have remained untouched since purchase. This 100% cotton cocktail fabric is one of those and I thought it would make a great fun romper.
Of course the Fenix Romper does not come in my size, but I thought “That’s OK because it is really roomy so it should be easy to fudge.” So I did a little slashing and spreading. I ended up grading it up to a 26. I did have to take it in several inches at the top as I am usually at 22-24.
Then I threw away the bodice facing pattern pieces and just traced them off the bodice when I got it put together. For some reason, none that I could discern, this pattern is not cut on the fold. Instead the front and back are 2 panels sewn up the middle. If I decide to make this again, I will be cutting on the fold next time. No pattern matching, less work, less fabric.
Another intriguing part of this pattern are the very narrow adjustable straps. I like the idea of adjusting it, because it is cut VERY low. The instructions ask you to fold a 1″ x 40″ piece in half right sides together, sew, and then turn it inside out. Uh. No thank you. I basically made double fold bias tape.
Then I sewed that bias tape closed along the edge. Whew! That saved A LOT of time.
After cutting 2 straps and two little loops you add rings and slide adjusters! This is a pretty gratifying process. I would do this again!
Here it is on the hanger. Obviously, I did zero pattern matching, again.
It think the crotch shape is what I don’t care for the most. You can see the facing here.
Eh? I’m not in love with it. It only looks like a dress on me if I cross my legs.
The back comes so low! I would definitely redraw the neckline if I were to make again.
Since it is shapeless, I thought I would try a belt. Slightly better, but I still have bra straps showing.
Throwing a shrug on over it may be the way I like it the best. It gives it a little more shape and hides the bra strap and extremely low back.
I’m not sure I can bring myself to wear this out anywhere. I sort of scrunches up in the crotch when I walk and I feel a little like a balloon. On the other hand I am really liking this fabric. Perhaps I can refashion into a tank or a skirt? Any ideas?