A Spring romper three ways

I really, really love fashion. I love designing. I love making. I love forcasting new trends. And I especially love dressing up. My preference is to wear my own handmade clothes, but I’m not averse to mixing it up with a little RTW, which is why I was happy to partner with Tobi.com recently and spend a little time playing around with some of their styles.

There’s something to be said for keeping aquainted with ready-to-wear clothes. In the bubble of home-sewing, it can be easy to fall into a rut when it comes to exploring different construction techniques and design features. I know this is something that I’m very aware of with my sewing. I get some of my best ideas and sewing inspiration from RTW.

I’m not saying that this little TOBI romper is particularly unique, but it is super cute! I’ve made several playsuits and rompers in the past, including my all-time favourite silk version. However, a few great details attracted me to this one. I love the diagonal (very slightly flared) inset on the base of the shorts. It creates a very flattering shorts shape, without adding unneccesary volume to the hips. It’s a design feature that I’m keen to try out on a pair of shorts myself this Summer.

I was also intrigued by how the front of this romper was put together and how the extremely low neckline would work in real life. Leaving the neckline open (as designed) is an extremely sexy look. Twenty-something-Debbie would have rocked this look, but current-Debbie needed a little fix. I added a small hook and eye above the front tie to close the neckline a bit and it works perfectly for me now!

I think this little romper looks great on its own, especially when paired with a subtle nude heel. However, I love it even more when I add my own personal touch. You can’t go wrong with a pop of colour on a cool Spring evening. I made this wool crepe trench a while back by modifying a vintage pattern. It has been the perfect transeasonal coat for me.

And for my final look, I paired the romper with my favourite vintage, leather skirt. The romper fabric is a lovely, silky rayon, so it’s smooth enough to layer with a skirt. I’d wear this look to work. Whoever knew a little old romper could be so versatile!

Disclaimer: I was sent the TOBI romper and shoes for free in exchange for creating a blog post. All content and opinions are my own.

Plaid oversize top

This is the kind of top I wear a lot in Spring. It’s oversize enough to wear as a sweater but it also looks fine as a top.

I used an old pattern in my stash. I suspect it may have started out as Simplicity 1366 but has been modified within an inch of its life. I know I changed the neckline shape, added a collar (which I can stand up if I like), dropped the shoulders, adjusted the shoulder seam slope, widened the sleeves, and changed the armscye. I also modified the hem and added side slits. In fact, it would be a disservice to you all if I were to still call this Simplicity 1366…

In any case, I’ve made this top twice before, and worn them both to death. One has a shoulder seam zipper like this one and has since been demoted into a painting smock. The other was made in a stable knit fabric and has become my go-to gym sweater. It’s nice to have another version that is respectable enough to wear in public again.

The fabric is an unknown wool blend, thrifted from an estate sale many months ago. It is double-faced and launders beautifully, but it creases a little. Perhaps it contains a bit of cotton?