I am so excited to introduce you to my first PDF Pattern with Simple Life Pattern Company. Say hello to Jane!
Jane began with the need for a great summer Romper that my Tweens would want to wear! I grew up in Southern California and so I had a vision of walking along the strand in a fun romper with an ice cream cone in hand. My first sketch looked like this.
A few things changed over the course of time but I am thrilled with how it turned out! I still make try and play with the cuffs and do some fun alterations so be sure to come back and see how those go. Katie suggested that I try the bodice as a dress and we instantly fell in love with the concept!
That is how Jane became Jane. Next you need to know that I love clean pretty seams and finishes. In the pattern you will find tips & tricks that will make the inside of your dress or romper soft on the skin and pretty to look at.
Jane also has many options which you can mix and match to make your romper or dress your very own. Let’s start at the top and work our way down. There are TWO BODICE options; Flat Front or Pieced. The Flat front bodice has clean lines and simple details. It is a great option for the addition of the included pockets. I think that it give the romper or dress a classic feel that is timeless.
The pieced bodice is more whimsical and fun with the a high yoke and gatherers. It is beautiful and playful. It is also has a loser fit which is great for tiny tummies!
Both bodices have a button placket closure. This is one of my favorite details for older girls and tweens. I obviously love rompers, but often they feel to bubbly and juvenile for my tweens. The button placket on Jane allowed me to create the slim-fit look that my tweens want. If you do have little one, who might need a quick exit for a bathroom break I suggest in the pattern that you use snaps instead of buttons.
If you want to add a feminine touch to either bodice options you can add the ruffle to the button placket. It is not a crazy in your face ruffle but a pleasant here I am ruffle. I think that it can take the dress up a few levels and makes the romper unique and completely fun!
Now that you have a bunch of ideas starting for your bodice lets talk about the amazing fact that you can make both a romper or a dress from this pattern! The dress is designed to fall right above the knee cap.
I love this length and find it so flattering! If you prefer a longer length to the dress you simple need to add a few inches when you cut your skirt. It is a simple adjust that will make the dress personal to you.
The romper bottom is so cute! The shorts have a curved slash pocket for little trinkets, or dare I say it, phones. They shorts are a wide yet straight leg that again, I find very flattering. The length of the shorts should fall at the lower thigh, but again this can be adjusted based on your personal taste.
I loved the idea of cuffs!! I grew up with them (yes I an 80’s kids) and I will admit I still cuff my pants. The cuffs are oversized and can be used as a contrast by changing the color.
Creating this pattern was definitely a labor of love! I am thrilled with all the amazing testers that stuck with me and the great support of my team over at Simple Life Pattern Company. trust me you will not want to walk away from this pattern!
To celebrate this milestone, my first PDF Pattern!, I am giving one Jane PDF Pattern away along with 2 yards of woven fabric from our shop! All you need to do is fill out the rafflecopter entry form below and I will announce the winner Saturday 7/2/16!