When Satan calls to say he wants his weather back, you KNOW it’s just too hot. And, when it’s that hot, there is nothing cuter than a baby in an airy romper (and, I admit, I’m jealous because I would looooooove to go out in a romper like this–yeah, not happening). The heat, and an adorable new little peanut-Claire, were my inspiration for this piece.
I love me a bubble skirt, and pleats make me giddy, so I wanted to incorporate those into this outfit for a friend of my husband’s. I also tried to keep in mind what I did and did not like dressing The Robug in when it was hot: I did not like skirts because they end up around a baby’s waist, I did not like lots of elastic because little roley poley babies get chaffed, a snapping crotch is a must, and one-piece outfits are great because it makes swaddling easier. Yeah, I know, long list–I’m picky :). Thus, I decided a romper would be best, and a bubble style would be great with the heat, and there’s got to be another way to do the neck without elastic…? (hint, hint–PLEATS!)
I used two inverted pleats at the neckline on each side of center and then two slightly smaller inverted pleats on each side of those to minimize the amount of fabric in cubby arm creases 🙂
The back neckline is simply straight across, so I did a single inverted pleat.
I decided to have a little fun and try something new and different for me. The snap panel in the crotch is kind of like a gusset that I cut on the bias so that it stretches and reduces bunching in the crotch. I wanted the romper to look like a bubble dress but be newborn friendly.
I am so pleased with how this piece came out, the fabric worked so well with the style, and I know I’m biased but I think it’s just too stinkin’ cute! I envision a new little lady attending a summertime afternoon tea wearing this with a big flower headband and wish I could do an all-out photo shoot with this outfit 🙂 The mommy loved it, too, which makes that much better. I’ll definitely be adding this to the Robug Shop,
Thanks for reading!