Romper by Helen's Closet

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Romper Romp

I’m jumping on board the romper train here with this self drafted number.  I have steered clear of this trend in the past for the most part; rompers can be comically unflattering and difficult to pee in (seriously, it’s weird to have to take off your whole outfit to go to the bathroom). I found a hippy style version in a thrift store with wide legs and a less fitted waist, it was a nice change from the drop-waist versions I have tried in the past so I used it as inspiration for this design.  Bonus TMI – you can totally do a pull-aside-and-pee thanks to the low crotch!

Romper by Helen's Closet
Romper by Helen's Closet     Romper by Helen's Closet

In case you were wondering, yes, a ‘romper’ is a child’s garment, but by definition it is also ‘a person who romps’.  I’m not entirely sure if I romp or not….is that something I would know?  It sounds like a fun activity one might do in a meadow during summertime, and if that’s the case you can count me in!  Alternatively this type of garment can be called a playsuit (also for children) or a jumpsuit (more age neutral).  

Romper by Helen's Closet
Romper by Helen's Closet     Romper by Helen's Closet

I’ve heard many other people saying that rompers aren’t for them, but like any kind of garment it really comes down to finding the right silhouette and fit. They come in so many variations, so don’t be shy to try one out!

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This particular design is nice because it looks like a dress. It also has a unique cut on the bottom, angling down from the hips to the knees.  We rode our bikes to Granville Island for this shoot and it was fantastic to ride in.  The fabric I chose (viscose rayon) wrinkled a bit on the ride but overall I was really happy with how it held up throughout the day.  

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Here is a diagram of the design since it is difficult to see the seaming in some of these pictures. For my next version I need to fix the side gaping at the armholes, but other then that it fits really well (yay!).

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I used french seams for this garment, and I only messed up once.  That being said, one time was enough to make me realize that I need to slow down and quadruple check my fabric right/wrong sides before sewing. It is such a pain to rip out french seams because you have to do every seam twice!  Check out Jen’s tutorial on french seams if you are interested in the technique.

Romper by Helen's Closet

I do plan on developing this design into a pattern for my online shop (coming soon!).  I hope to have it available for next spring/summer with a sleeve variation included – stay tuned!

Romper by Helen's Closet


Final Stats:

Total project time:  Approximately 4 hours

Fabric: 2.5 meters of viscose rayon

Pattern: Me-made pattern



About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

14 Comments on “Romper Romp”

  1. Love it Helen!

    Like a very casual superhero outfit.

    Having always considered rompers “not for me,” (an opinion I might stick with for now despite your convincing arguments to the contrary) I had never through about the need to nude to use the facilities. How very awkward! I’m glad you were able to solve that with this pattern.

  2. love the style of this jumpsuit with the hem like it is – the look of the dress with the wearing ease of shorts, fab!

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  5. Did you ever develop this as a pattern? I’m obsessed, but realize I was creeping deep in to your sewing history to find this. Do you think hacking the Amy jumpsuit would give a similar look?

    1. Hi Naomi! You have reminded me of how much I LOVE this romper design! I never did develop it into a pattern, but I think it could totally be in muy future on day. In the meantime, I love the idea of the Amy Jumpsuit or the True Bias Shelby dress/jumpsuit as a base!

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