Hot! Beauty and the Beasts

The Facts:

Fabric: Thrifted batik print fabric from stash (Leah’s choice)
Pattern: McCalls 6533
Year: contemporary
Notions: Elastic
Time to complete: about 6 hours
First worn:July 19 for photoshoot and later on a trip to Healdsburg
Wear again? Oh, she loves it!
Total price: FREE!


Of course this is the beauty and you will recognize the beasts in the pictures below. My daughter loved the striped romper I made earlier in the year and so while she is here during school break, I’m taking the opportunity to make a few things for her. She’s a great muse and a natural at posing for pictures, as well as an excellent photographer of me in my outfits. This is a reality check for me. I have too many outfits at the moment, and so I’ll share my time and sewing skills with her for a few of the challenges. I had to down-size this pattern from the original that I cut at size 14. Luckily, this is a multi-sized pattern, so I retraced it onto some wrapping paper at size 6. You have to carefully figure out the angel of the crotch, but if you look at the other sizes on the pattern, you can see that they usually differ the exact amount between sizes. We were both really pleased at how nicely it fit her. They only thing that is tricky about this romper and mine, is that you have to do some maneuvering to get it up to your shoulders and then wiggle your arms into it.

The photos were taking in the field in back of our house. Finally, after many years of planning, our little town is breaking ground for the new hospital that will be completed in a year or so. After the workers go home in the evening, we like to walk down and look at the progress.

It’s amazing what all that machinery can do to the earth in so short a time. The trucks, tractors, and shovels are monstrous and  move the earth with a ferocious appetite ! Hence, the title for this post, “Beauty and the Beasts”. I hope you all have a fine week of sewing! Thanks for looking.



Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. What a gorgeous set of photos: your daughter, the fabric & style, as well as excellent choice of setting with that lovely earthy fabric colour! Congratulations.

  2. Wow, she is a natural! I’m a sucker for anything batik, so I love it.

  3. AWESOME photos. Good thing the workers were goine for the day when you shot these. I’m sure there would have been a lot of leering.

  4. Your daughter is gorgeous! I see where she gets her good looks and excellent posing skills from. Her long legs are just magnificent for this jumpsuit. Don’t you just love this pattern? I have made 3 jumpsuits already from it. I love it! You certainly have talent, and it shows you have passed your talent along. You are an awesome mom!

  5. Amazing photos and very interesting idea to make them with all this tracks!

  6. Beautiful girl and great photos! Love the romper as well. Good job, momma!

  7. Your daughter is likke a model. Gorgeous outfit.

  8. This looks like a fashion shoot! Amazing job!

  9. Gorgeous! From the fabric, photos, to your sewing skills and your lovely daughter! What a great post!

  10. Wow! Such a beauty! As the mother of a similar aged girl, I can only wish you so much fun sewing for her and hanging around with her. It’s a rare occasion at that age, and you have some great sewing ahead of you!

  11. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!

  12. Stunning work Barbara AND gorgeous clever daughter. I just love the fabric and may have to put this pattern on the must-get list. The photos are fantastic and complement the earthy tones of the batik fabric very much.

  13. So cute… Your daughter is beautiful.

  14. How amazing and I bet your daughter is excited about adding to her wardrobe.

  15. Everything is lovely, your daughter, the romper and the photos. Love the color of the fabric.

  16. Wow! She’s a natural! Fantastic photos and I just love that romper. Lucky girl.

  17. Barbara great work on the dress and you have good photography skills!
    Leah is just gorgeous (should consider joining Top model contest)
    She looks so sexy now with her tinted blonde hair!!

  18. Wow! I’m loving everything on this post! The romper is lovely, the choice of fabric is awesome and your daughter, she’s just so natural in front of the camera. Veryvery awesome photos. Kudos to the photographer too!

  19. Thanks everyone for all of your wonderful comments. Leah Is very appreciative of of all your kind words. She can’t wait until I make her something else.

  20. I love the fabric your daughter chose and she looks wonderful in that romper. I agree with Erin – it’s good that you took those shots after the workers had left. They wouldn’t have got any work done…

  21. Wow, if you’d told Leah was a model you’d made this romper for I wouldn’t have doubted you. She’s a natural. I loved the striped romper, so it’s so interesting to see it in a different fabric, and such a pretty one. You’ve obviously both got an eye for a great photoshoot and perfect angles. Good news on the new hospital too.