1930s beach romper

“What?” I hear you say “beach rompers at her age?” and you would be correct, I am possibly mutton dressing as lamb, but I possibly don’t care, I love these!

They are, of course, the Decades of Style, 1930s Beach Romper, which I kept looking at and not buying, and then came the sale last year and the rest is history!

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They are the perfect outfit for our hot weather, but I will not be wearing them in public, much to my eldest son’s relief who thought I looked like June Jetson in them!

I toiled them according to the pattern and they fitted perfectly

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But I felt that the back was a little skimpy

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As you can see, the pattern is tied at the back at the neck, waist and the skort is also fastened at the back. It’s quite busy back there! I took the pattern off to my patternmaking class and Sarah and I had a happy time redesigning it slightly.

We added an internal bra, making it a bit more modest. 3c57d69b-1876-4f83-9aba-9862cdd31b23

Then we looked at getting a bit more coverage at the back and reducing some of the bulk caused by those ties.

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We eliminated the second tie at the waist by wrapping the skort and securing it with buttons at the sides.

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The beach romper looks like this when it’s not being worn – a long, weird looking thing.

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It’s interesting to put on – start at the neck and tie it, then, tie the back, and feed the rest through my legs and finally wrap the skort. I did take a photo of me coyly lifting the skirt to show how it looked underneath, but no matter what I did, it looked lewd, so here it is on a dummy.

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The only other part worth mentioning is the edging – it is the selvedge, which was rather lovely, so Sarah suggested that I cut it off and sewed it round the raw edges. I thought it would annoy me, but it doesn’t at all, and for once I’m right on trend.

The fabric is some linen that I bought in India and the correct green is the lighter colour.

This doesn’t appear to be a terribly popular pattern; I couldn’t find too many examples on the web, but it is a really nice design. It would look fabulous on someone young ;). The fact that it fitted me with no need to make any adjustments means that it would probably fit most figure types.

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Fadanista

43 thoughts on “1930s beach romper

  1. That’s a fabulous romper to showcase your divinely long legs! Perfect for a beach party or just sunbathing. The changes you made really improved the pattern. (If we were listening to our children, we would all look so matronly!)

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  2. Don’t listen to your son. You look great in the rompers. Call it a “jumpsuit” if it makes him happier. I did not realize it was one piece until the photo that shows the piece laid out flat.

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  3. Wear it just to annoy him – that’s what I do when my daughter gripes! You look great and I’m sure that when it’s blisteringly hot there you will be glad you made these. I would love to shock The Management but I can’t imagine it ever getting hot enough to wear those here 😦

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  4. I’m so glad you wrote a post on this outfit! I have wanted to make this but also couldn’t find much about it through google. Thanks for the detailed pictures!

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