Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sewing Pattern Testing- Made for Mermaids- Hampton Dress and Romper

Posted by Heather at Sunday, August 09, 2015

I was fortunate enough to test another pattern by Made for Mermaids. This time, the Hampton Romper, Top and Dress. The Hampton Romper, Top and Dress is a, "....stunning, vintage, southern style pattern..." that can be done as either a top, dress or romper (with four pant lengths).

First, here are the Hampton Romper, Top and Dress PDF sewing pattern facts;
-The Hampton Romper, Top and Dress comes in sizes 1/2-8. 
-The Hampton Romper, Top and Dress can be sewn as a dress, a top, or pants romper (with four pant length options).
-There are four pant lengths to choose from for the Hampton Romper- Bubble, Shorts, Capris or Pants.

Hampton Romper, Top and Dress- PANT LENGTH DETAIL

-There are two bow options for the Hampton Romper, Top and Dress- regular and big bow (go big, or, go home! :-)

Hampton Romper, Top and Dress- BIG BOW TIES DETAIL

-The Hampton Romper, Top and Dress features layered, no-trim pattern pieces. That means you only print the size that you need/want. (and, no TRIM! No trim is my favorite!!)
-The Hampton Romper, Top and Dress features ruffle flutters that can be done in fabric, lace and/or curved or squared.
-The Hampton Romper, Top and Dress features a single button back closure.

-The Hampton Romper, Top and Dress PDF sewing pattern includes a size chart, fabric requirements chart and measurement chart.

I sewed up two rompers during testing. Both rompers were size six, based on the included sizing chart. Sometimes, when you test a pattern, you end up sewing more than one garment due to feedback and suggestions (and in the journey to releasing the best pattern possible). I love that Megan, the brains and talent behind Made for Mermaids listens to her testers and tweaks and works to get the pattern JUST right... Thank you, Megan!

The first Hampton Romper that I sewed up included the following pattern options- pant length, curved shoulder flutters, big bow side ties. (This romper will vary slightly from the end result) Fabric for the first romper were taken from my personal fabric stash. The pink floral for the legs was purchased locally at Wal-Mart for $1.00/yard. (Note to self- $1.00/yard fabric is TERRIBLE quality!!! It was so think and frayed terribly. It didn't have a very nice hand, either. Live and learn!)

The second Hampton Romper that I sewed up included the following pattern options- short length, lace shoulder flutters and big bow side ties. I used a lace overlay for the front sash piece. Fabric was from my own personal fabric stash. I knew that if I were to get some decent pictures of Lil' Miss in another pant/short romper- not a dress, like she'd prefer- I better make it in something she LOVES. My Little Ponies is a sure bet!! ;-)

Hampton Romper, Top and Dress- LACE FRONT SASH DETAIL

Now, I'm going to be really honest and say that the  Hampton Romper, Top and Dress is not really my style. However, part of the reason I like to test sewing patterns is the fact that it broadens my horizons and exposes me to different styles and teaches me knew things. The  Hampton Romper, Top and Dress did just that and I love the end result!

Like all Made for Mermaids PDF sewing patterns, the instructions were easy to follow and each step included clear photographs to aid in the understanding off the pattern. The Hampton Romper, Top and Dress has a nice, clean, lined bodice. I love when the inside looks just as neat as the outside!

Thank you, Megan, for another wonderful Made for Mermaids pattern! Thank you, Molly of Noble Dixie Clothing for the inspiration. The Hampton Romper, Top and Dress is gorgeous!

Big, squishy heart love for the Hampton Romper, Top and Dress!

***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Made for Mermaids. The opinions expressed here are my own."***


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