Tried and Tuesday: Vintage Sheet Ruffle Romper

You’ve seen the ruffled rompers, right?

Well, maybe not necessarily.  That’s ok.  They’re really cute.

Are made from light, stretchy lace.

And only look cute on little squirts who still have chubby legs and cute round bellies.

I would never wear a ruffled romper… or any romper at all, for that matter.romper inspiration

But I found this (pictured right) on Pinterest and immediately thought, “Oh my gosh… my Pickle HAS to have one!”  But of course, I didn’t want to pay for one.  Or for a pattern.  Or for the lace.

So I went sorting through my fabric and found a couple of old crib sheets that my mom had passed on to me.  I’m not sure if they were ones that my nieces slept on or actual sheets that my brother and I slept on back in the early eighties.  But I was hanging on to them to do something crafty and memorable with.

They have an adorable vintage design on them with teddy bears and ducks and the alphabet and little flags that say “Rah! Rah!”

Doesn’t get more vintage than that.

And since I hadn’t decided what I was going to do with them, I decided this was as good a time as any to get on that romper.

So I figured out what size my kiddo would wear.  Cut out a basic romper.  And then got to ruffling.

To ruffle my millions of sheet strips I used a simple tutorial.  This is not the exact one I used at the time.  That website is broken.  But this is the same principle.  Click and scroll down for Easy ruffles!

Of course, no one told me that sheet material did not ruffle quite as easily as I had hoped and I ended up pulling (and snapping) several threads anyways.  But hey, you live and learn.

After a LOT of sewing and eyeballing it, because hey, that’s just how I roll, I ended up with this GORGEOUS little romper. (don’t look too close)

RomperIf you recall, however, I mentioned that most ruffled rompers are made out of very light lace or jersey material.  Mine, however, is not.  It weighs about 3 pounds.

And sadly, my Sweet P never EVER had a proper occasion to wear it.  So it was never worn!

Until one cool September day when the light in my tiny living room was just right, and I decided that I WOULD get pictures of her in this romper before she grew out of it.  Nevermind that it is a very springy romper and we were embarking on Fall.  I captured this beauty and all my hard work.

And it now hangs in her closet.

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