This McCalls pattern was a junk store find, and one that I just had to actually make (as opposed to letting it sit all lonely-like in the pattern bin). And if you really want to talk about procrastinating, I actually made it LAST summer. If you remember (and of course you do), it was part of my sewing goals for Spring/Summer 2013! This little outfit is so much fun to play around in with little sneakers on a super hot day, or dress up with heels for a retro-pin-up look at night to an outside concert or something. Sometimes I put this on and think .. "Is it TOO much?" and then decidedly answer "NO WAY!" and prance out the door to the delight of many compliments and admirers. :)
This pattern features an open front with three little tie closures. It has a 1" elastic encased in the waistband. There is also a little flap that hangs over the bust line goes around to the back. The crisscross straps button in the back underneath the back flap. I sewed it up in a navy greyish chambray with little white flecks woven into it. It's the same fabric that I used for my tiny pocket tank - which by the way is extremely difficult to photograph, I mean this thing looks like its three different colors here! I also made this pattern in a vintage floral (what I had left from my low back dress) for my dear friend Brynn for her birthday - which is three days after mine. (I swiped a pic of it from her Facebook below) Because only the best of friends have matching birthday rompers. :)
My only problem with this pattern is that it has no pockets. I have no idea how I allow this major oversight to happen. I'm actually considering going back and adding some patch pockets with a little bit of fabric that I have left. Until then I guess I will be that girl who is awkwardly rubbing her hands on her hips thinking that she has pockets where there are none. As far as adjustments go, I did take in the side seems a significant amount and also shortened the rise about 1".
To add a very subtle pop to the neutral fabric I finished the seams in red serger thread which I also used for the hem and to made the front ties. There are also little red buttons hiding under the back flap to secure the straps in place.
Pattern: McCalls 5539 view D
Fabric: White flecked Navy/Grey Chambray
Notions: Two small red buttons, elastic waistband
Adjustments: Took in side seams A LOT (probably about 4 inches), took up rise 1"
Finishes: Serged seams in contrast thread, turned hem in contrast thread, neckline facing
Sew it again? Probably not, only because this isn't exactly a "staple piece" - I mean, how many skimpy vintage rompers does a girl really need in her wardrobe? I do have the tea-lenght skirted version in my sewing to-do list so I guess we shall see!