The Claire Romper

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!

32 thoughts on “The Claire Romper

  1. I love the print! The pops of orange make it so happy. I made my oldest for her music recital a dress out of the trim fabric. I love its daintiness. It pairs up well with the larger print, and can I say I am in LOVE with the pleats. Its the tiny details that always make baby clothes so special. 🙂

    1. Thanks for hosting and coming by and checking it out–if I can get the post done, I’ve got a cute pair of shorts to show off this week ;)!

    1. Oh wow, thank you! I am so glad that everyone is liking this little outfit 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting a party that gives us an opportunity to share and provides so much inspiration! I’m honored to be featured–thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  2. This is so adorable, I will be featuring it at our Link It Up Thursday party this week. Come on over and grab a featured button once it’s up. 🙂

    1. Oh my, thank you so much! Really, I’m honored and excited and can’t wait to snag my button bling to show off 😉 I’m very thankful you like my work and think it’s cool enough for a feature–thanks again!

  3. Hi there! I’m visiting from Share Your Cup Thursday. I love this little romper, I’ll have to try one for my little one. Really wonderful fabric you’ve chosen here. After 3 boys I finally have a little girl to make all these fun projects for. Thanks for sharing this one. I am now a new follower and would be honored if you would visit and follow me back at Thanks!

    1. I’m glad you like it and I would love to see pictures when you’re done! Congrats on finally having your girl and have fun picking fabric for her! Thanks so much for coming by to check it out and for following–I’m your newest follower and really like your blog! Can’t wait to see more!

    1. You are very welcome–thank you for coming by to check everything out! This is actually a really easy piece to make and the gusset really gives it some shape. Hope to see you back soon!

    1. I’m in love with it and need to make another; the fabric is what makes it I think 🙂 Thank you for hosting a wonderful party to allow me to share and for stopping by!

    1. Thank you so much, Marissa! This fabric has become of favorite of mine because the flowers and colors just rock 🙂 I will definitely link up–thanks for the invite, I love a great party! BTW, I bought a little ruffled diaper cover from you when my daughter was born 🙂

    1. Thank you very much! This heat is pretty intense, so I’m hoping this helps keep little ones cool 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by to check it out!

    1. I saw the fabric and HAD to have it–it just screams summer to me 🙂 Thank you very much, I’m very happy with how it turned out. Thanks for checking it out–I do have plenty of the fabric if you’re interested in anything 😉

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