M7099: Roomy Romper

“Romper” – there’s a word I didn’t think I’d have much use for in my adult life, but apparently they’re a thing again, so here we are. Here’s my rendering of McCall’s pattern 7099, Misses’ Romper and Jumpsuit, View A.

M7099 Romper

Look ma, no vaginas! Don’t be shocked — that’s a reference to the fact that there were vaginas all over this fabric that I didn’t notice until I got it home, draped it around myself, and looked in the mirror. It took some careful pattern placement to keep this garment PG-rated. Look below, see what I mean??

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I cut a size 6, but this is a VERY roomy pattern so I had to hack down the torso quite a bit to avoid drowning in it. I ended up taking it in one inch at each side seam, and folding the front bands in half because I felt a little too covered up at the front otherwise.

M7099 romper

Surprisingly, the shorts part of it are less roomy than you’d expect. I actually would’ve preferred a little more room in the front crotch to give it a bit more fullness at the front…just a personal preference. As it was, I ended up letting out the side seams of the shorts from the pocket to the hem by about 1/2 an inch to add a bit of width.

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These photos were shot on the first nice/warm day of Spring here in Toronto. The sunny appearance belies the fact that it was only 13 degrees and I was actually kinda freezing.

The pattern was quite easy to make…there are no zippers to install and simple gathering is probably the most challenging technique used in it.

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There’s a bit of weird pattern placement on my butt there, which I didn’t notice when I was cutting, but hey, at least there are no vajay-jays. And it’s much less weird than the woman I saw today wearing a patterned dress in which a single, dark coloured “x” was placed exactly where her — let’s use a polite euphemism here — ‘functional’ part of her rear end would be. It was a very attractive dress otherwise, but it was literally an “x”! I’m betting she forgot to check the back view in the change room before she purchased.

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I’m *lovin’* the pockets on this, and I’m lovin’ the fabric, which is a fantastic lightweight 4-way stretch with great drape. This is SUPER comfy. I did a slight modification on the fronts, inspired by Sew Wrong’s post on small bust adjustments to prevent gaping on wrap dresses. Of course I didn’t do it properly, seeing as I only thought of it *after* I had cut out the pieces, so although it’s a bit of a hack it still turned out alright. I’m still going to add a snap or two to secure the fronts together. If I sewed another one of these, and I just might, I would cut the shorts an inch or two longer. But maybe I’ll try the jumpsuit version next. I’ve seen a couple of versions of the jumpsuit on Pattern Review that used ponte knit or even scuba knit, but I’m having a hard time picturing how those would be drapey enough for this design. It’s designed to be quite loose fitting so I think a fabric with body and structure would be a bit awkward.

Overall I’m delighted with how this turned out, and I’m looking forward to taking it for a stroll on my vacation in Italy this summer. And good thing the elastic waistband has a lot of stretch, because I plan on doing an awful lot of eating and drinking while I’m there!

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Excuse me ma’am, there’s a little sumthn sumthn on your shirt

Notice anything unusual about this fabric? Look carefully. Or maybe not even that carefully.

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Yeah, that. I think it’s supposed to look like a knot in the wood grain. Alas, it calls to mind something else entirely.

I didn’t notice this when I bought the fabric…I was just excited about the ombré effect and the wood grain pattern. It wasn’t until I got it home and I stood draping it around myself in front of the full length mirror that I noticed a problem. In that moment, my pattern placement was, let’s say, bang-on.

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I’m bravely forging ahead regardless, making a romper using McCall’s 7099 — just placing the pattern pieces very carefully. I’ve got most of it sewn up and it should be ready for primetime after the usual hacking down by several sizes that seems to be a standard part of my sewing process. Details to come!

McCall's 7099 View A - Romper

McCall’s 7099 View A – Romper