Summer is coming and that means it’s ROMPER season! I like long pants on rompers so I don’t have to worry about sunburns on cute baby legs! So I made this cute little lace romper for a baby girl with 2 sleeve options in either pants or shorts! Fabric.com has so many lace options, I needed to use some of them!
Lace has always been one of my ultimate favorite fabrics. I always have about 5 lace tops in my closet, typically white or cream colored ones, but I used a floral lace for this project and I’m wanting a top made with it for myself!
I made the legs extra long on this romper so they would bunch up a bit at the bottom, I love that look. The long sleeve option has elastic to gather the middle of the sleeve. The short sleeve version is made of a super quick pleated ruffle.
The white lace romper with shorts has a white lining, it’s lightweight for hot summer days.
This little peach is trying to stand up and walk lately. She climbs up on anything possible. My favorite is when she pulls herself up onto a box and just sits there like a beached whale! :) Lil’ cutie!
The second version with floral lace is lined with a stretch velvet. It’s a simple lace overlay that will make the romper a bit warmer.
Choosing your fabric //
I designed this pattern for lightweights! I have a slight obsession with summer lace, so that’s what I used! Some other options are any lawn, voile, or other lightweight cotton. I prefer this pattern made with a stretchy fabric, but the white lace I used is not a stretchy one, it just has a bit of give because it’s a knit.
More fabric options that I want ASAP!
- Stretch Floral Lace Multi
- Printed Stretch Lace Floral Black/Coral/Pink/Green/White
Tips for sewing with lace //
//Use a wide zig-zag stitch to make sure to catch the lace as you sew. Using a straight stitch could cause your lace to gather and snag.
//Use a delicate or sharp needle. This will help your needle to avoid snags on the fabric.
//If you’re scared of sewing with lace, lay it on top of another, more stable fabric and you won’t even notice it!
Let’s get sewing! First download the free pattern! You’ll be prompted to sign up for my newsletter and then taken to a page where you can print the pattern!
White Lace Summer Romper with long sleeves
Floral lace + velvet summer romper with ruffle sleeves
-sleeve lace, two rectangles 2″ by 16″
Print out the pattern pieces on standard 8.5″ by 11″ paper or A4 format. It will print out on 4 pages, like this:
Trim the edges and tape the pattern pieces together.
Cut out the following from fabric and lining. We’ll treat the pattern as 1 layer, even though each of your pieces will have a lace overlay and a lining. You can either baste the pieces together before sewing or be careful to pin all 4 layers.
The facing pieces should be made of JUST the lining, not the lace overlay! The sleeves can be lined or JUST lace, it’s up to you!
Start by sewing 2 rows of basting stitches (a straight stitch in the longest stitch length or 5mm) across the top of your pant pieces. Sew at 1/4″ and 3/8″ and pull the stitches to gather the fabric so it matches the width of the bodice.
Place the bodice face down on the pants, matching up the bottom of the bodice and the top of the pants with right sides together. Sew together. Press seam allowance UP and topstitch along the bodice, 1/8″ from the seam.
Repeat with the back bodice and second pant piece.
Sew front and back together at the shoulder seams. Do the same for the facing pieces.
Pin the facing to the neckline with right sides together. Stitch around the neckline 1/4″ from the edges. Create an opening at the back by sewing down the middle and back up. Clip out the opening and trim seam allowance. Turn facing to the inside and topstitch.
Insert the sleeves into the armscye. If you’re using the ruffle sleeves, gather them the same way you gathered the pants and fit into the armsyce.
Flip the back of the romper over and match up the side seams. Sew from the sleeve all the way down the side seam and the inner leg seam. Turn right side out. Hem bottom of pants and you’re done!
You can either stitch two little pieces of ribbon in the back to tie together, or do a simple round elastic and button closure. I used ribbon to make a cute little bow.
This pattern doesn’t have quick diaper access, but you could add a snap panel to the inside leg seam if you want! I’ll share a tutorial for that soon!