A Review of The South Shore Romper Pdf Pattern by Ellie & Mac Patterns.
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I've had this pattern for a while now - I don't know why I haven't made it before! The South Shore Romper is another super versatile Pdf Pattern from Ellie & Mac and there is both an adult and child's version available.
The South Shore Romper PDF Sewing Pattern is so comfortable, you will not want to take it off! It features optional side seam pockets, four sleeve options, and shorts, capri, or full-length pants options! You will love that you can make this for all seasons!
Source: Ellie & Mac Patterns
Recommended fabric is 50% four-way stretch knit and I had some lovely soft jersey picked up from foreverfabrics.co.uk which I thought would be perfect. The South Shore Romper is available in sizes XXS - 5XL which is a bust range of 29" - 63". The pdf is layered and comes in A4, US Letter, A0 and Projector versions.
The South Shore Romper has a wrap front and includes:
tank, short, 3/4, long and bell sleeve options
shorts, capri, or full length pants options
optional side seam pockets
I chose to make the short- sleeved version with shorts and side seam pockets.
The South Shore Romper is drafted for a side waist of 8" and a height of 5'4". This is my height (whoop!) so I didn't make any adjustments. Once I tried on the finished Romper I thought the body was a bit long so next time I will shorten the side waist. There are plenty of instructions to help get a good fit and the adjustment lines are clearly marked on the pattern pieces.
The instructions are easy to follow when making The South Shore Romper but there's also a YouTube video with extra tips. The sides of the front pattern pieces are gathered but there's no indication how much to gather them - tight or loose? I measured the distance between my underbust and waist and sized up the gathers to match - I'm not sure if this was the right thing to do as there is excess fabric that hangs over the waist on the finished garment.
When I tried on the South Shore Romper I found it pretty shapeless. It seems that the belt does all the work of cinching in the waist. I assume that the Romper has to be quite loose so that you can get it on and off. I really didn't want to make the belt though as it uses a lot of fabric.
Because the bodice was a little too long I was able to pinch the waist seam on the wrong side and create a channel wide enough to thread through 3/8" elastic. This worked really well and now The South Shore Romper is a much better fit which can be worn with or without a belt. If I make another, with a shortened side waist, I may try to sew elastic directly onto the waist seam allowance.
I'm very pleased with my South Shore Romper - I'll be able to use this pattern throughout the year with all the possibilities it offers. You'll also get such a different look and feel depending on fabric chosen. The only slight note of caution I would give is that you have to bend and twist your arms quite a bit to get it on and off, if you have mobility issues you may struggle with this one.