Baby Captain America (Romper #2)
There was a lot of sewing during my at-home mini vacation... a lot! Mending, seaming, hemming, embroidery, applique... both by machine and by hand.
I've had another attempt at a romper for Junah on my list (here's the first), and that happened on Monday.
This time, I used the same old Simplicity pattern (#5049... which I've since acquired in 2 more sizes) mashed up with a modified & upsized Simply Summer Romper, a free pattern (12-mo size) on Craftsy.
The things I love most about that Simplicity pattern are the facings (possibly my most favorite thing), the shoulder snaps, and the 2-piece back.
The free pattern offered a little guidance with shaping for the one-piece front, and I was excited to try the snap crotch.
Seven snaps total, top & bottom, are possibly a bit of overkill... haha!
The fabric came from a thrifted t-shirt.
Centering the design on the front meant that I was a little short of fabric for the straps. That happened with the giraffe romper, too, but my fix then was quite rushed and haphazard.
This time, I took the few extra minutes needed to do it symmetrically... and nicely. Top stitching even.
I also did just a bit of top stitching under the each arm to secure the facings. And, this time, I also hemmed the legs.
Forgetting to make corresponding adjustments to the facing pattern pieces, but not discovering that fault until after cutting, meant that I didn't have enough t-shirt fabric. I dug through my scraps and found some fabrics that corresponded well enough. I quite love how that worked out.
I'm so happy with how it turned out. It's at least a hundred times better than the last. There's still room for little tweaks & improvement, but I feel like I'm on track.
Baby Captain America doesn't do windows (unless you like fingerprints!), but he's happy to help sweep the deck!
Also, I'm dying over those shoes...
So adorable - both the baby and the romper! I've been thinking about trying some dresses for my granddaughters.
Posted by: karen | 26 June 2015 at 11:51 AM
Aw, isn't Captain America just the cutest thang! Good work, Grandma!
Posted by: kmkat | 26 June 2015 at 12:54 PM
You did a fantastic job from finding the T all the way through the sewing! Junah embodies Captain America!!
Posted by: margene | 26 June 2015 at 01:39 PM
Utterly adorable - the baby, the romper, the shoes!
Posted by: Carole | 26 June 2015 at 02:13 PM
You're so lucky to have such a cute Captain America sweeping your deck! I'm years and years away from having any grandchildren, but your great rompers make me want to start thrifting t-shirts and sewing for the future!
Posted by: Bonny | 26 June 2015 at 10:02 PM
Vicki - you did a great job with that romper - wow! and that modeled FO shot with the broom...priceless! I'm picturing a vintage concert tee making an appearance for romper #3? ;-)
Posted by: Mary | 27 June 2015 at 05:53 AM
Lovely work and adorable little helper and the shoes, oh the shoes! :)
He is indeed a very well dressed little darling.
Posted by: Rachel | 27 June 2015 at 10:52 AM
Oh my god, Vicki. I am on an adorableness overload here! That romper! That sweet face! And . . . (gasp!) . . . the shoes!!!! What a sweetheart! XO
Posted by: Kym | 28 June 2015 at 08:29 PM