Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Romper revisited (Sasha Collection from Laela Jeyne Patterns)

I have a love hate relationship with rompers.  I love them because they are comfortable and an all in one outfit, but I hate them because I have to completely strip to use the restroom.  However, when Marisa said she is adding some options (particularly the pants option) to her Sasha Easy Fit and creating a collection from it, I was absolutely in for testing.  I really do love this pattern for so many reasons.  Let’s do a quick run down of what this pattern includes:

- Large size range: XS-XXL
- Two bodice types: faux wrap or mandarin collar button down
- Bottom styles: blouse, mini skirt, knee length skirt, maxi skirt, shorts, pants
- Three sleeve lengths: sleeveless, short, long
- Two waist options: drawstring or elastic
- No trim pages which makes for easy pattern assembly
- Layered printing so you print only the size(s) you need
- And, as always, clear concise directions with illustrations for each step

So really, with these many options, you could make something for each day of the week and no two would look the same!  I opted for a button down, sleeveless pantsuit for the test, and I had some erally soft drapey rayon challis that I had picked up from JoAnn’s that I decided to use. 

Construction took a bit of time on the bodice only because of the placket and the collar.  They aren’t hard to do, but it does take a little bit of working and slow going to make sure that all of the edges were lined up properly.  Due to those two pieces of the bodice, I would definitely recommend some experience with collars and plackets.

The fit for the romper is extremely forgiving.  It has a loose flowing, retro feel to them, and I felt like I had stepped back into yesteryear a little when I put it on!  I did add a belt, though, because I did the elastic waist and wanted something to break up the pattern of the fabric.  I literally want to live in this romper!!  I don't even mind that I had to strip down to my undies to go to the bathroom! 

It really didn’t take me too long to make this romper.  In all, it was about a three hour project, and once you have the bodice put together, you can zip right through the bottoms and waist.  I did take a little extra off the bottom to accommodate my short stature.  The pattern is drafted for a woman about 5’5”, and I’m 5’1” so I shortened the pants 1.25”, and it was the perfect length.

Okay, so if you’ve read this far along, let’s get some info about how you can get your own copy of the Sasha Collection!  It was released yesterday and is available for purchase at Laela Jeyne Patterns. It's available right now for the special release price of $6.50, BUT, until tomorrow night (28 Sept) you can get it for $5.50 by picking up the coupon code that Marisa has available for Laela Jeyne group members.  Head on to the Facebook group and grab the code OR join the group and grab the code!  The pattern will be available for the special release price until Saturday (1 Oct)!  Now, go get yourself a copy of the pattern and make yourself a Sasha!

Blessings and Happy Sewing,

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