Honey Bee… another Flipped Romper

The Honey Bee Flipped Romper happened because the flipped romper that was intended to be linked up to FrancesSuzanne’s Flip This Pattern is delayed due to postal service me.  I mailed in the wrong envelope, which means Kent didn’t get the romper until Monday, which means his pictures in the romper wouldn’t get to me for another week — dang!  {see the Puppy Pocket Romper HERE for the first romper for Kent}

So, I flipped the Run Around Romper pattern from The Cottage Mama again… this time for my daughter!

I used the Bee My Honey fabric line by Mary Jane for Moda Fabrics.  This fabric is perfect for the spring time that seemed to never come this year.

For the pattern flip, I knew the romper needed to be made into a separate top and bottom for my pre-school girl, but it should keep the romper look. And I wanted ruffles!  I wanted to use my ruffle foot!  Then I saw a dress somewhere that had a boxy look with top stitched boxes… and that was my inspiration.


The pattern was cut in half.  The top shoulders were sewn together.  The arms were re-cut at right angles.  The bottoms were cropped ready for more ruffles.

The top and bottom are lined with gingham – my fave for linings.  And because my daughter ‘has’ to wear pink, the waistband casing is a pink fabric from the stash.  The pink heart is appliqued on the lining to be next to her heart when she is wearing it.  (just a little ‘from Mom’ touch)

The ruffles on the top are made with 2 pieces of fabric cut as ‘wings’ and serged with a rolled hem on both sides – loving that bright yummy yellow thread!  then the ruffle foot made the pleats. 


Once the ruffled wings were sewn onto the top, the boxes of top stitching was done in gray, blue, and more yellow threads.  I think the top stitching was my favorite part of the creation.

The ruffles on the bottom are made with a single piece of fabric serged with a rolled hem, and then ruffled on the machine to match the top’s wings.  Because the bottoms are lined, the ruffles on the bottom were sewn on inside out making a clean finish at the hem.

There’s an elastic casing waistband on the bottoms – Covered buttons down the back of the top, cause covered buttons are so cool!  And because the top turned out a bit short on my girl, the additional band of yellow fabric was needed.

Such a fun project… and I am very happy with the flipped creation that resulted.

And, I still have the romper from Kent to come…


  1. Truly a beautiful job. I love all the attention to detail, like the multi colored top stitching and covered buttons! AND THAT HEART – that just made me smile, so sweet! The ruffles are perfection. All in all – what a great flip!


  2. What a creative idea to flip the romper pattern into a two-piece outfit for an older child. Using a pleated ruffle was the perfect touch for the wings; it makes them stand out like, well, wings! And why wouldn't you want wings on such a little angel!! It's all done so perfectly. –LakePam


  3. I love the boxy look of the top; I'm glad you added the extra yellow strip on the bottom of the top, as I think it really makes for a cohesive and precious outfit! Looking forward to more creativity!


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