I'm about to date this post, but I wanted to show you how easy it is to use the Pleated Sundress Tutorial to make a matching romper.
Yes, these are the outfits my girls wore for Easter. Ever want to know how busy moms have time to sew and keep a blog? 1 word: Backlog! Our stuff is usually pretty timely, posted within 2 weeks of being made, but we do tend to have 5 or 6 posts just hanging out waiting for a rainy day. Figured I should get this one in before it wasn't weather appropriate any more!
To make the romper, use the tutorial for the bodice as is, then construct the bottom half. Rae of Made by Rae recently came out with a fantastic sunsuit tutorial, so I won't recreate the wheel (thanks for doing the work, Rae!). Just follow her directions for making the snap closure and shirred leg openings. (And, because I want to be totally fair, I will tell you that for my snap closure I just cut the crotch out of an old onesie and sewed it on. I know, I'm a big fat cheater!)
The only thing I did differently was to roll-hem serge the hem and around the waist. I used red thread for contrast. At the waist, I gathered the bottom half and topstitched it to the bodice so would create a little exposed ruffle:
I love how it looks like a bubble dress when the shirring around the legs gets caught on her fat little thighs:
And remember, you can turn any dress with a waist seam into a romper using this technique. Such an adorable option for little sister!