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My Dapper Suit Romper in Top 15!

I am so proud!


My ‘flipped’ version of The Cottage Mama’s Run Around Romper pattern made the Top 15 in her sewing contest.  Out of 200 entries, the romper I made for cousin Kent was selected as a finalist HERE on The Cottage Mama site.


September Showcase with Busy Lizzy Dresses

September Showcase with Busy Lizzy Dresses

For the September Showcase at Frances Suzanne, I chose to showcase the Busy Lizzy pattern by Sew Like My Mom. I stitched up 4 versions of the Busy Lizzy Dress to represent each season, and called my collection “Celebrate each Season!”

www.from-a-box.com Busy Lizzy Seasons


Snappy Dapper Suit… a flipped romper pattern

So, for my final link up to the Flip this Pattern series on Frances Suzanne, I present the Snappy Dapper Suit modeled by my adorable little cousin, Kent.

When I saw that The Cottage Mama’s Run Around Romper pattern would be the selection for the May Flip this Pattern series, I knew I wanted to participate. Kent was drafted to be my muse and model. After the first Puppy Pocket Romper was made and sent to him (see HERE), I started on the super-flipped version of the romper pattern.

I wanted to transform the romper into a suit with a vest for 11 1/2 month old Kent.

The vest has added welt pockets on the front sides, and a faux-fastener in the back. To set off the vest, piping was added on the edges and four buttons are lined up down the front. The vest pattern was self-drafted after some trial-and-error.


The romper pattern was altered to seam up the right shoulder and add snaps to the left shoulder.

Based on feedback from Kent’s mom, snaps were added to the romper legs for easy changing – making it ‘Snappy’.

The hat is the Oxford Cap pattern from Peek-A-Boo patterns, and was absolutely needed to complete the outfit making Kent look ‘Dapper’.

A short piece of elastic was added to the back of the hat to make sure it fit Kent. Without having access to him to fit the romper and the hat was an added challenge.

The vest is stitched to the romper suit as one piece.  And, just as Lindsay’s (aka The Cottage Mama) pattern specified, the romper is fully lined, so it can be super comfy for Kent.


To make the outfit ‘meant to be’ for cousin Kent, I found the fabric at Running Stitch fabric store in Kent, Washington. It is Bee My Honey by Mary Jane Butters for Moda. This is the same line used in my daughter’s Flip this Pattern romper HERE.

That makes 3 flipped rompers for the May 2014 Flip this Pattern Sew-Along on Frances Suzanne! I had so much fun playing and admiring the other sew’ists creations. 

Can’t wait to see what the next pattern selected is…..

And, thank you cousin Kent! You are a handsome little dude and I love you much!

oh, and Zazzles the cat liked the Snappy Dapper Suit too!

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…

Puppy Pocket Romper… so flippin’ cute!

As soon as I saw that the May selection for the Flip This Pattern series on FrancesSuzanne would be a pattern by the lovely Lindsay, aka. The Cottage Mama, I knew I had found my next project.  But, then I saw it was the Run Around Romper… uh-oh… the one and only pattern by The Cottage Mama that I don’t own, and didn’t think I needed since I don’t have little kids anymore – my youngest is 4 almost 5.  But never to be left out, I found a way to play.  I drafted my newest little cousin in Texas, Kent, as my model and muse.  He is about to celebrate his first birthday, he is cute, cute, cute, and I hadn’t had a chance to sew for him yet.  His Mom and Dad were happy to play along.  We agreed to a schedule so I could make a romper, mail it to Kent, get feedback and pictures on the fit, then make my entry romper for the Flip This Pattern challenge.  So, that’s what we did… and then some…

Here is the ‘test’ romper to try out the pattern and to try on Kent.

And it turned out so cute, flippin’ cute to be exact, so I linked it up to the challenge as well.

As for the actual pattern flipping, there is only one flip – I added the embroidered puppy dog on a pocket right in the middle of the romper tummy.

It was a simple flip… or maybe barely a flip to really count as a flip… but the romper turned out flippin’ cute! so that counts!

And look at my little cousin!  how adorable is he!  all that blond hair, big blue eyes, sweet face, and precious toes!  Isn’t it amazing how much you can instantly adore a new little cousin from the very moment he comes into the world — but back to the pattern flipping.

Now that the test flip was complete, and I had feedback from Kent’s Mom and Dad, I went to work creating my next flipped romper. 

Stay tuned for more Flip This Pattern creations.