Ha, I bet you haven’t heard the words ‘deadly’ and ‘romper’ in the same sentence lately. 😉
I don’t make a habit of naming my clothes, but this one was born with a name: Poison Betty. Poison because the fabric has images of irresistible little potion/poison bottles on it, and Betty because the romper has a bit of a retro-play-suit flavour to it. (Other retro names I like that come up a lot in my family’s history are Cordelia and Minerva, but Poison Cordelia and Poison Minnie just didn’t seem to have the same ring.)
The fabric is quilting cotton called Apothecary in Evening Shade from FreeSpirit Fabrics. Love these potion jars, especially the ones with skull & crossbones on them. I got about 1.7 yards from the end of the bolt more than a year ago and hesitated to use it because, well, I think it’s more suited to clothing for an adolescent girl. But when I received the New Look 6446 pattern, I just figured it would be fun to sew a romper with this fabric. I mean, a romper is also more suited to an adolescent girl, no? So what the hell! I actually like sewing things I may never wear if it’s something fun or weird or just inspiring. Someone will find it in an second-hand shop one day and be delighted, I’m sure.
I’m assuming this fabric is no longer available anywhere as I just found it for sale on Etsy for over $100 per yard! I’m sure I didn’t pay much more than $10 per yard. The Etsy listing claims it’s “RARE”– so supply and demand, I guess! Anyway, now I can pretend I’m wearing a high end designer piece made from really expensive fabric. 😉
I sewed this obi-wrap-style belt to go with it from the same black broadcloth I used to line the bodice. I loosely used Mimi G’s free obi belt pattern/tutorial, but did it two-sided and encased the seams on the inside. In the photo I’ve tucked the curved top edge of the belt in so that it’s narrower, which looked better with this particular garment. Have a look at Mimi’s red pleather version which she’s wearing with a gorgeous white and black striped sheath dress. I’m very tempted to copy her look to a tee, as it just looks stunning!
The pattern includes variations for a dress with two lengths as well as a jumpsuit with legs that end mid-calf. I think I might try the jumpsuit (view C) at some point.
I got the placement of that right strap a little off in the back…ah well. Hello bra strap. And I made no attempt at pattern matching at the seams as I only just barely had enough fabric to eke this romper out of.
Overall I had fun sewing this…the pattern is straightforward and the garment is super-cute. If I do wear it, I’ll be sure to use the bathroom before I leave the house because getting off this belt and one-piece suit is definitely a big production…could be deadly, in fact. 😉
I’ve added this romper to Allie J’s Social Sew for June. The theme this month is Sun Dressing. Go add your sunny makes, too!
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