Hot! The ‘Sparkling Diamonds’ Romper

The Facts
Fabric: 1/2 yard black cotton and 2 yards cotton print ~$18
Pattern: McCall’s 6331 $1
Year: 2011
Notions: Zipper $2
Time to Complete: 5 hours because of the muslin
First worn: For the photos
Wear again: Maybe… see below for more details
Total Price: $21

I’m no Nicole Kidman, but when going through Oscar nominated movies from my collection, I had the genius idea to make a romper, inspired by her first scene in the movie Moulin Rouge!


I’ve been wanting to make a romper for a while and happened to have this one in my stash.  It was going to take a little work as it wasn’t in my size, but I could see the potential in the design with the front flaps that looked just like those in her outfit in the film.  I wasn’t going to make an outfit covered in rhinestones, but I did find this print that reminded me of the original garment.

The pattern was actually a Misses/Teen design so not only did I have to grade up a size, but I found that the romper had little room for my behind.  Which was funny because it had plenty of room in the bust area.  Are teens supposed to have big boobs and flat bottoms?  Well, this was one of the few times that I knew a muslin would be mandatory.

I increased the pattern by one size, but also added more room in the seat of the romper.  I also increased the torso length by an inch as I had a feeling it would be short.  Good thing – it now fit perfectly.  I disassembled the muslin and cut out my fabric.  In order to make the front flaps fold down in black, I actually lined the whole top portion of the romper.  It seemed to provide better construction and stability in the top.

Would I wear this again? Wellll… maybe.  I’m disappointed in the pattern overall though I think my modifications helped.  I think I’ll be more likely to just try another romper pattern.  Though I am thinking about making a wrap skirt to go with it, for a little more coverage but also to make it more wearable.  It’s a fun outfit but not entirely practical.  It’ll be great in the summer for lounging in the backyard, but the colors don’t convey a summer feel.

So my original intent was to take pictures on a swing as Satine descended into the room on one.  Well, I didn’t account for a packed park on a beautiful Bay Area day.  Just as we settled ourselves at the swing area, a herd of kids ran over to use the rest of the swings. So it’s gonna be like that, huh?  Well a packed park of kids and their parents does not a comfortable model make.  So we went to a quieter section of the park to continue, and eventually to the comfort of the backyard.



Christine started sewing in late 2010, inspired by the many crafty bloggers and their gorgeous, self-made outfits. When she's not sewing, she's doing Irish and Scottish dancing, needlework or other various crafts, and hanging out with her hubby and fur babies (1 dog and 3 cats).


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  1. Hey Christine, love the romper. Have you see the Spring 2012 collection of Lanette Lapore. I could see you doing a sheer marigold coverup to wear over this jumper, which would make perfect for pool side.

  2. I love all of your creations. Thanks for sharing. Love your blog too.

  3. great work getting the fit right. I’m sure your next romper will work out!

    • Thanks Gina! I might work on a different pattern and fabric combinations next time. I can’t tell if it’s the current shape (my definitely not having a teenage form) or if it’s just me being finicky. I’ve checked out a few other creations with this pattern that I liked, but it seemed as though they used the dress version or made modifications to the romper shape.

  4. I think some bright accessories would be just the ticket if you wanted to wear this again in the Summer. I think it’s really cute. I think you look hot in those red heels in the last pic. You can work it! It would be a shame for all that muslining to go to waste.

    • I definitely need to play around with accessorizing! Being the middle of winter (though ours is pretty mild) doesn’t help. I didn’t want to put on flip flops because it felt so out of season. :) And I saved the muslin just in case!

  5. This is adorable and totally makes me rethink my dislike of rompers!

  6. Awesome job! I love it!

  7. Romp on, girl! Very cute…been eyeing that pattern for a while. It looks awesome on a grown up. I just may give it a go this summer.

    • Thanks Najah! I’ve had a love for rompers since I saw so many cute creations last summer, but I could just never fit it into my sewing schedule. I have a couple of vintage patterns in my stash, but for some reason I thought a modern pattern would be easier to work with. Oops!

  8. Love it. Your fabric choice is great! Love the last picture. The long shot and lighting really have a Moulin Rouge feel.

  9. Ooh, I really like it! Black & white can be so chic on the beach. I braved wearing a vintage romper for the first time last summer, and have a vintage pattern I want to try. Don’t you just hate that, having your shoot interrupted!

    • I checked out your romper – so cute!!! That’s the look I would go for if I was making another. And yes, especially because I’m already camera shy – I hate taking pictures in public, even my front yard. I’m working on it! I probably wouldn’t have felt so awkward if it weren’t in front of a dozen mother’s (who am I kidding, in my area, it was probably a bunch of nannies) and their kids, and if I wasn’t half naked in the middle of winter. ;)

  10. my first thought? wow – how cool is that. The print you have chosen mimics beautifully without being over the top. The red shoes look great

  11. Darling romper! A little black/white in the summer can be refreshing, especially with all the neon colors I’m seeing in the stores! :)

  12. What a great idea! The fabric really does look like the original design and it looks fab on you.

  13. This is perfect for a Satine outfit! Love the fabric and the design, but I can understand about wanting it to feel more summery. How about a colorful bolero/light cardigan and some super colored wedges? Bravo on getting the fit right – it looks great on you!