I love bubble rompers on babies -- boy or girl. There's something so southern about them. On their own, they're nice and breezy for hot weather, and they look dressy and darling when worn over a shirt. When I was waiting on C's arrival, I wanted to make him a few classic bubble rompers for the summer, but I couldn't find a pattern I liked for a boyish bubble in anything smaller than 6-9 months. (I'm sure such a thing exists, but I couldn't find it.) So after he was born I used him as a model, and measurements of a few of his ready-made clothes, to come up with a pattern of my own. After a few tries, I think I've finally got it! I'd say it's 0-6 month size. The nature of a bubble makes sizing so imprecise, but this fits him well (actually I'll probably raise the buttons or add a button to snug it up a bit). For reference, he is 7 weeks old, but he is a bigger baby and all of his 0-3 month clothes are getting too short. The Rosalina shirt he's wearing below is a 0-3 and doesn't fit around his neck. And he's worn it zero times, grrr. Anyway.
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You will need:
approximately 3/4 yard main fabric and 1/4 yard facing fabric
2 10" lengths of 1/4" elastic
Print the pattern out at 100%. Tape the pages together right at the edges, with no overlap, in this order:
1 2 3
4 5 6
1. Cut out two front pieces and two back pieces (not on fold, but mirroring each other), then cut your pattern pieces along the "facing" line and cut two front pieces and two back pieces of your facing fabric.
2. Match your two front pieces, right sides together, and stitch down the center line. (***All seams in this project are 3/8".***) You will have a funny-looking curve at the crotch. Finish your seam by serging, pinking, or zig-zagging. Press down your seam allowance. (Don't worry about getting it perfect on the curved part.) Do the same with your back pieces.
If you are adding a monogram, appliqué, or other embellishment to the front of your romper, now would be the time to do it.
3. Do the same thing to your lining pieces. In addition, finish the bottom of each lining piece, by serging, zigzagging, pinking, or folding under and stitching. Whatever floats your boat.
4. Stitch each romper piece to its facing, right sides together, leaving the sides and bottom open.
5. Clip corners and notch curves.
6. Then trim seam allowances. I like to use pinking shears, although it isn't really necessary.
8. Stitch all the way down the sides, sewing facing to facing and main fabric to main fabric. Serge, pink, or zigzag seam allowances.
9. Flip the garment right-side out and use a pencil, knitting needle, or similar to get the points turned out nice and crisp. You're halfway done already!
10. On both long leg openings, either serge or fold under 1/4" and press down. (I serged the crotch, too, but realized later that I didn't actually need to do that because it will be folded under later.)
11. Fold leg openings under another 1/2" and stitch to make elastic casing.
12. Cut your two 10" lengths of elastic. Attach safety pins to each end.
13. Feed through casing and pin down with just the safety pin peeking out at either end.
14. One inch from either end, stitch across to close casing and catch elastic. Pull the safety pin out and snip the little end of excess elastic. (You will have 1" unelasticized at both ends of the crotch.)
15. Take the front crotch piece and turn it under 1/2" and press, then turn under again 1/2" and press. Stitch down. Do the same to the back crotch piece. These are your snap plackets.
16. Attach snaps. Or do as I do and get your husband to do it. ;-) Because he can somehow do in five minutes what would take me half an hour.
17. Optional: You might want to make just a little one-inch line of topstitching at either side seam, just to help keep the facing from riding up.
Do it right on the seam, and you can't see it from the outside at all.
19. You're done! Admire your adorable baby!
Update 8 years later!
Hi, guys! I have been so tickled by how far this pattern has traveled through the years, and how many people have let me know they’ve made it. This blog never exactly set the world on fire, and has not been edited in years and years, but folks are still downloading and making this little romper all the time! It makes me really proud and happy!
Some folks have commented that they have had a hard time figuring out how the pattern pieces are supposed to be assembled. I’m sure I would do it differently now, but this is how I made it back then. It’s pieces 1, 2, and 3 across, and then 4, 5, 6 as the second row, with no overlap. If there appears to be a gap in the lines, that’s okay. It’s probably just where I had the pattern taped together and the tape didn’t show up through the image. I was a tired mom of a toddler and newborn back then and didn’t have a lot of time to make it perfect. Ha! (And not much more now that they’re big kids to go back and fix it.)
I just printed out a copy and laid it out the way it should go. I hope this helps! If I were making this today, I would just tape it in place exactly like this and cut. In fact, maybe I will make one soon for a friend! It has been awhile! ❤️
Hope this helps.
That is super cute. It'll work well for the Fourth of July too.ReplyDelete
Love this! Where did you get the anchor iron on?ReplyDelete
Thanks so much! It isn't an iron-on, sorry -- I machine embroidered it.Delete
I've been in love with this pattern, thank you very much for sharing, my baby take one like it.ReplyDelete
So glad you like it! :-)Delete
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I'm sorry for your trouble -- sounds frustrating indeed! I'm not sure what happened, as the front and back pieces shouldn't be the same and the back pieces should definitely be longer. The one I sewed in the demonstration pictures was from the exact same pattern and you can see the difference. Maybe something that happened in the download? I unfortunately am taking a hiatus from both seeing and blogging while I work on another big projecs (and focus on my kids) but would welcome comments from others who have seen this pattern as to whether they experienced the same problem.Delete
The pattern was great! Once i figured out how to print the pattern correctly I got to working and my romper turned out really cute! It fit my little 9 week old great. I think it can also be scaled up very easily to fit a bigger baby 6-12m). Thank you for the free pattern!ReplyDelete
Thnx A lot for sharing! I made one totday from your pattern. Too bad i cant share A picture but it turns out great.ReplyDelete
I'm so glad! :-)Delete
I love the pattern. How can I make in a larger size? 7 to 12 months?ReplyDelete
Hi, this pattern is super cute, and your choices of fabric and embellishments super nice. Can you refer me to a 6-9 months pattern for a bubble romper?ReplyDelete
Thank you for a great pattern, I made one a few nights ago and it came out absolutely adorable! I was wondering whether there is a point in the back crouch piece (snap placket) being a bit wider than the front piece rather than them laying flat together? I'm just curious to hear your thoughts on the design; once the snaps are on, it looks great and the difference adds puffiness to the back.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing!! I made one for my grandson and love it! Happy grandma from Puerto RicoReplyDelete
Thank you, Doris! I'm so glad you liked it!Delete
came across this post of yours - looks gorgeous and just perfect for a pressie for my friend who is expecting - I have just the right bright floral on navy for this too!ReplyDelete
Hi there - I am having a go at this now - bit unsure about sticking together the pattern - it looks like as you say to stick 1, 2,3 and 4, 5, 6 together with no overlap, however when it comes to sticking 123 to 456 it looks like there is a margin in the pattern with a line across which appears to be an overlap? Can you confirm.ReplyDelete
Hi, Debbie! It has been a while since I did this but I'm pretty sure there should be no overlap. That's how I have always made my patterns. Just to make sure -- are you printing at 100% on 8.5"X11" paper? And does the scale come out to one inch when you print?Delete
Oh, I think I see what happened. Looking at the pattern again, it looks like I copied it with tape on from where I taped a cut version onto paper after doing a trial. So I think that makes it look like there is a margin, but there should not be --edges butted up is the way to go. Sorry about the confusion!Delete
This is soooooo cute!!! Just made one today. Can't wait to put it on my baby girl when she arrives in a couple of weeks! Thanks for the pattern!ReplyDelete
Amber O. thank you for the pattern. I too had difficulty putting the pattern pieces together using your guide of 123 being put together and 456. When I put the pattern together in this manner the back pattern piece is much longer than the front (by several inches). If you would please review the file, I believe the pattern pieces go together 124 and 356. The small piece on page 2 attaches to the facing printed on page 3. Then that leaves the small piece on page 5 to be attached to the facing printed on page 4. I hope this makes sense.ReplyDelete
Hi, sorry this is causing some people trouble! The back piece is supposed to be longer than the front piece, because it comes up under the baby's bottom and is supposed to be quite roomy in the seat. :)Delete
Thank you for this pattern. I made it for my niece and àll the mothers (and grandmothers) loved it! My other niece samedi me if I could make one for her 7 month old daughter.... I think your ok with me making more? But One question should I add 3cm 11/4 inch all over to enlarge the pattern? I hope you understand my Englisch for I am a Dutch grandmothers from Amsterdam. ;-) isn't that nice your pattern "all over the world".ReplyDelete
Love this, not many new born - 6 months boy patterns out there for free, thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Cute amd quick to make! I sewed one fully-lined with Sailor Mickey machine embroidery. Turned out beautifully! I'd post pics if you have a place for them. Thanks for the pattern and tutorial! It is still being enjoyed.ReplyDelete
I put the picture of the romper as my profile picture. It's too cute not to share!!ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you did! I never did figure out how to include photos in the comments. The romper you made is just adorable and I'm so tickled to see it! I'm so happy to know this is still out there being sewn up for sweet babies even now that the little one I originally made it for is in kindergarten!Delete
I've put a lot of downloaded patterns together, piecing pieces. This one has me stumped, partly because all of the pieces aren't identified. I love the simple little pattern, but for the life of me I cannot get it to match pieces. Could you, or someone, possibly send a diagram of some sort of the pieces, and how they go together? TIA I need to make about 4 of this adorable pattern.ReplyDelete
Hi there — you are not the only one who has found it a little confusing over the years. Sorry about that! I just posted an update to the post with a picture of the pattern laid out. I hope that helps!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this!!!ReplyDelete
Expecting a grandson and definitely going to make this. Thanks for sharingReplyDelete
Bonjour, très bien votre patron, mais pour la parmenture, il faut couper le haut du patron ou il y a une ligne c'est bien cela? Donc couper le patron devant et dos en entier puis couper le haut du patron sur la ligne pour la parmenture?ReplyDelete
merci bonne journée
Hi, Brigitte, yes, that’s right. You cut the whole front and back once, and then cut just the top part of each to the line for the facings.ReplyDelete