Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Off-white linen stripe cross-over romper. Or, when 3 patterns collide

Since last summer I've been picturing a lovely white striped linen wrap-look dress or romper, worn on a warm summer day with a bit of a breeze, and dappled shade. Well, I finally combined my inspirations and made myself one!

Here are some inspirations I've collected since last year.

The first challenge was choosing the right fabric. I just couldn't find the right thing in the stores. It didn't have to be linen, but definitely natural fiber, and linen is just so lovely in summer. But I found this perfect cream/black linen pinstripe from Fabric.com, and they provided it for this project!

Next challenge was the pattern! I combine patterns a lot, using bodice/skirt/sleeve of the same size, but this one was a bit tricky. I had McCall's M6890, which I used on this dress (not meant for knits, but it worked there), really the only wrap-look pattern I have right now. I gave it the collar piece of View A/B for interest.

Also like I did on this dress, I used the sleeves from Simplicity 2587, just a more basic elastic-cuff sleeve. But, the armscyes on the bodice were too small, so I had to cut them a little deeper.

I also had an issue with the bodice pattern... when I made this dress it was quite roomy, so I made one size down this time, but the combination of that and the woven instead of knit meant the bodice on this romper was definitely too short without a waistband! So I added one.

This linen is so lovely and summery. I haven't worn 100% linen in a long time but I love it!

I never would have thought I'd be a romper person a few years ago... but now I love them!! I've made several!

Pattern: McCall's M6890 (bodice), Simplicity 2587 (sleeves), Simplicity 1355 (shorts)
  • Used standard bishop sleeve instead of crossover sleeve
  • Cut armscyes deeper to accommodate sleeve
  • Added waistband because faux wrap bodice was very short
  • Cut romper shorts shorter than pattern calls for since I've made it before and they're long

Thanks to Fabric.com for providing this lovely linen!

If you're not up for making one yourself... you can shop the inspirations (and accessories) here!

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