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April 19

Rompers: Yay or Nay?

I just happened to be on the anthropologie site and I fell in love…. with a romper.  It’s more like a jumpsuit but they’re calling it a romper.

Isn’t it cute?!

I’m going on my first-ever cruise in January 2013 and I’m already getting excited about all of the fun, nautical inspired pieces I can make for it.  Wouldn’t this jumper be cute in a similar jeans material but perhaps with either red & white or navy & white stripe detailing (belt, trim, pocket flaps, & buttons)?!  Or maybe in a really light, flowy material (with underlining of course).

Now… how do I make this for myself?!  heh 

I’m 4’11” and would be willing to wear some comfy platform shoes to achieve at least a 5-foot status so I could have more leg-length. 

I’m thinking a Gertie-bombshell top would be nice coupled with a wide leg trouser pattern or a bell-bottom trouser pattern…

For some perspective, this is me in a pair of high-waisted Burda trousers (light weight wool) on the left and some store-bought (cotton sateen) trousers on the right:


I’m wearing a slight heeled shoe on the left, maybe 1.5 inches high in the heel but flat at the toe.  And the image on the right I’m wearing a pair of white platforms with 2.5″ in the back and 1″ at the toe.  (I have one other pair of platforms that are true platforms with like 2-3″ at the toe and even more at the heel.

I know I have stumps for legs… but maybe??? it could work???  heh

Thoughts?  I’m open to hearing positive and negative!  I’d rather have honest feedback than spend a month working on a project that would look horrible in the end.

Do you think there a way this look could ever work for a shape like mine (pear-shaped & short)?  Or should it never be attempted?

But before you suggest it, shorts are not on the menu.  I haven’t worn shorts since high school, and I doubt I ever will unless forced.  Capris and pedal-pushers are okay though…

  1. Gillian / Apr 19 2012

    Do it! Who CARES if your legs look short – think how happy you’ll be prancing around in it on a cruise!!!! I’m short (5’2”) and rather wide, but I figure that if I’m cute and happy, it doesn’t matter that I’m not fashion-model sized! ;)

  2. sarah / Apr 19 2012

    It could look cute — but remember that you will have to basically completely undress every time you need to use the bathroom!

  3. Alison / Apr 19 2012

    I’ve had this pattern bookmarked for a while from Decades of Style… I have yet to work up the nerve to try it though.

    http://www.decadesofstyle.com/vintage-patterns-1930s/3008-1930s-sweetheart-overalls

    • Liz / Apr 19 2012

      This is a great pattern! I love how breezy the legs look. I’ll do mine if you do yours. :)

    • meredith / Apr 19 2012

      I wasn’t convinced until I saw your link — but the Decades of Style pattern looks just right! I think I couldn’t get past the denim of the anthropologie jumpsuit but in a lighter, breezy fabric it could be fantastic!

      And Liz, I think you look great in your wide-legged trousers! I don’t think you have to be tall to enjoy the silhouette! And having gone on a cruise once (in the summer) I can definitely say that pants are pretty great to have! It can get chilly on deck in the evening because of all the wind coming off the water.

  4. Dana Tougas / Apr 19 2012

    I’m 4’9″ so I feel your pain. I say go for it, but depending on where your cruise is headed, it could become a pain to wear during the day – public bathrooms, etc. If you were to choose a non-denim fabric, it would look really cute for evenings. Just my opinion after 6 or 7 cruises.

  5. Meg / Apr 19 2012

    I think this would be fantastic on you, especially with some colorful platform wedges. I think the bombshell top and wide leg trousers would be a great combo and the color combos you were talking about would be perfect. I personally think you would look great strolling in this on the promenade with a wide brimmed sunhat and some excellent vintage sunglasses! Very glamorous!

  6. Lizz / Apr 19 2012

    I love the look of rompers and think they can work for anyone regardless of size, shape, or height. The key is proportions! You look lovely in high waisted trousers and they can give the illusion of long legs. I say a definite yes!

  7. Qui / Apr 19 2012

    I say go for it!! You look fantastic in the high waisted trousers. I tried wearing some short rompers, and they were a comfy jersey. I really liked them, but shorts don’t work on me cause they don’t hang right (they creep up when I move, so I don’t do shorts either).

    I think a jumpsuit would be darling on you.

    Enjoy your cruise–I went on one for my honeymoon and LOVED it; can’t wait to go again :)

  8. Liz / Apr 19 2012

    You all are so much fun & encouraging! Everyone so far has said “Go for it”!

    I really love the idea of me strolling around a ship in the wide brim hat, glasses, and a sea-worthy jumper, just like Meg said! :)

    I was even drooling over this pattern as a lovely bon voyage outfit that Meg had on pinterest:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/96430522/vintage-vogue-special-design-6751?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share

    On a personal note, I tend to sew what I like regardless of my shape. I had a friend say one day, that if she had my figure she wasn’t sure if she would have the confidence to highlight her hips so much with pencil skirts. I took it to be a compliment on how *bold* I am. heh I’m sooo not bold.

    But I always think, this is my body and it’s not going to change since I’ve been frequenting the gym for over a year now. So why not highlight what I like (my waist) and sew what makes me happy.

    I always think that if I’m positive and confident in my outfit, I can’t go wrong. Seems you all agree which makes me happy.

    I was thinking jumpers may be another thing entirely… but you all say *Go for it*…. so I think I just may. :)

  9. Mika / Apr 19 2012

    I think it could look great. If I were you, I would try a quick muslin first, then see how I felt. Rompers are definitely on my list of trends I don’t want to like but actually do. When they’re done wrong they can look completely childish and ridiculous, but when they’re done right I love them.

  10. Amanda D. / Apr 19 2012

    There’s the cute overalls pattern on the Decades of Style website you could use if you were interested!

  11. kaitui_kiwi / Apr 19 2012

    I don’t always “sew for my shape” either, I mean I never thought I’d like to wear a high waisted skirt and now I’ve made four of them! I actually think sewing my own clothes lets me be more adventurous with styles I wouldn’t normally consider.

    I’ve have also been debating the romper patten myself for aaages. I have plenty of patterns to choose from and I think I will give it a go eventually despite my reservations, I can always confine it to an around-the-house outfit if it turns out that bad ;) I say go for it!

    • Liz / Apr 19 2012

      I’d love to know what patterns you considering for your romper. :)

      This is soo true! I could always just wear it around the house if it looks unflattering. heh

  12. Stephanie / Apr 19 2012

    A high waist and long pants will make your legs look longer, so I say don’t worry about being short! I think this would be great for a cruise! :) The only thing I don’t like about rompers is that you have to take the whole thing off to go to the bathroom.

    • Liz / Apr 24 2012

      I didn’t even think of the bathroom aspect of a romper… Making it two piece, but looking like a 1-piece would be ideal now that I’m thinking about it.

  13. Rachel / Apr 19 2012

    Looks lovely and I can see why you might like them :) I say go for it- but consider a narrower leg… it might make them look longer.
    Also consider a vertical stripe because that will also add length to your legs ;)
    I also think that the white ones look like your legs are longer, so there is something right there.
    I am with the others on the undressing to use the bathroom- perhaps you can make these in two parts? :)

    • Liz / Apr 24 2012

      Oooh! Yes! Vertical stripes = lengthening! Good tip to remember when I’m fabric shopping. Thanks Rachel!

  14. Kat Ezat / Apr 22 2012

    Do it!

    I love that romper too, and I’ve seen other people blogging about it.

    I’m quite new to sewing, but if you sew something like that I would sooooo sew along!

    :)

    http://lifesjewelsonstring.blogspot.de/2012/04/etsy-stock-take-week-sixteen.html

    • Liz / Apr 24 2012

      Hmmm a Sew-along for a romper… That would be so much fun. :)

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