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tutorial: make your own harem romper

I really love the look of harem rompers, and I was hoping to find a free pattern for the style I wanted. When I didn’t find that, I decided to combine a couple of patterns, one that I already had, and one that was free, and voila! I had what I needed. And my daughter has a new romper.

girl in a romper in front of a tiled wall

I used two patterns to make this romper. I started with the Glass Onion Top pattern, which I already owned, but really any fitted bodice would work. Then for the pants, I used the free harem pants pattern found here.

First I cut out the bodice and bodice lining pieces. I lengthened the bodice and used the front bodice to create a back bodice piece also.

Mashing two patterns together is easier when you have gathered pieces, because those leave room for error. Notice in the picture of the two pattern pieces above that the pattern for the skirt of the top and the harem pants are not the same width. Since the pants are going to be gathered to fit the bodice, I just kept them the original width. I did add a few inches in length and made the crotch higher.

And there you have it. A harem romper using a free pattern, and if you sew for your kids, you probably already have a bodice pattern you can use to make the whole thing free. I would recommend making a muslin before you cut into any expensive fabric, to make sure the fit is the way you want it first. Happy sewing!

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