Monday, 12 May 2008
Simplicity 8951 smocked romper
I know that some smockers avoid pleating over seams. This romper has a centre front seam, which makes it fit much better than the one piece front rompers. I have made this romper in batiste, lawn and quilting weight cotton, and am careful with my pleating. I make a centre french seam in fine fabrics, and a closely trimmed and zigzagged centre seam in the heavier cotton, and have not had any difficulties with the pleats. In a heavier cotton I sometimes make a bar stitch by hand on the inside centre valley to hold the pleat if it is not proving co-operative.
I finish the crotch opening with bias binding before applying firmly sewn buttons. I do not like to use snaps as I have had purchased snaps removed and eaten by an adventurous 9 month old, and have not trusted them since.