This is another garment recycle from the January thrift store adventure with my friend, Cara. I'm almost finished with that original pile!
So why did I bring this sad, outdated, baggy, maternity romper home, you ask? I thought the print was cute and that the piece had potential, but once I got it home and really looked at it, a memory made me realize it was more than that...
In the last week of October 1982 I sent a greeting card to my sister. It had a pig on the front that was flying in a blue sky (same blue as the romper) filled with floating fried eggs, very much like the little white flowers with yellow middles on the romper. The card was my last correspondence to her... she was killed in a car accident the next week.
All of a sudden that romper was a lot more attractive to me and I needed to make it mine.. that meant de-romper-ing it.
- I took in each side seam 3 inches; it still looked like a sack on me.
- For some reason unknown to me, I don't like wearing collars; I removed it.
- I decided to use the top half of the collar to made a band to go at the back waistline to help cinch in more fullness.
- I used the collar facing to extend the neckline facing since I had lowered it after removing the collar.
- I opened up the seams of the leg pieces I had removed and sewed them together to make one long piece.
- I gathered the top edge of that piece to make a ruffle, and sewed it to the bottom edge of the garment.
- I used the waist ties to make two small bows to sew at the bust line, where i had added gathers to alleviate some of the fullness.
- The new neckline did not lay flat against my chest, so I made two small tucks on each side of the center front, then topstitched them.
- I made a topstitched tuck at the hem of each sleeve to lessen fullness there too.
- I replaced the original white buttons with pale blue ones; the white ones were too dominant. You can see I used them on the back band too.
I got frustrated during the remake process; in fact, I came close to tossing the thing in the rag box several times. It seemed it was requiring a lot more effort than the original $4.50 investment was worth! Every time I thought about the flying pig in the sky with the floating fried eggs, though, I would pick it up again.
Here's the finished front and back view. The times I've worn it, I've felt like I had a little bit of Denyse with me...
and that's good.