I will get caught up before this week is over, even if it is day 7. Today is Lil Luxe Collection. Another favorite pattern designer of mine because her patterns are definitely designed with a specific look in mind. Those who want modern, edgy, high fashion will go to her patterns for inspiration. My current favorite is the City Girl Romper, but I have made a LOT of those recently so I decided to give her other famous romper a turn, as well as a hack. Meet the Alley Cat Romper. You may be very well acquainted with this harem style romper. She made waves when she released this pattern, and I quickly came on board even though I am a bit leery of the harem aka hammer pants.
Layers so that you can print only the sizes needed
Harem style pants
Fully lined bodice with sleeveless or sleeved option.
No closures, pulls on and off easily
Made for knit fabrics
In honor of May the Fourth, better known as Star Wars Day or May the Fourth be with you… I made a modified Alley Cat Romper. I loved it so much that I made a tutorial for the hack and I also made a dress. It is really easy to make a dress with the Alley cat pattern, in case you didn’t know.Find the tutorial on making a dress HERE
The first thing you will need to do for this hack is to create your pattern pieces for the bodice.
You will trace the sides and the bottom of the front bodice, then you will use the armhole to start creating the shape for the arm. You can make the neck straight or curved. Then from where the top of the neck stops, you will slope the arm into the armhole.
For the back piece trace the side for the armhole and stop at where the armhole starts, then trace a line on the fold side to be the same height. Trace around the bottom and make a straight line for the top. Basically your back piece will just be a rectangle so you could also measure the LXW instead of the pattern piece.
Cut out 1 front and 1 back bodice piece, unless you want them lined.
Place the bodice RST and seam the sides with a narrow zig zag stitch. Flip right side out to attach bias tape.
Now that your neck bias tape is attached, we will attach the remaining bias tape in one continuous piece. To measure your bias tape, you will need to measure from the top of the armhole to the top of the opposite armhole plus the measurement you took from the pattern pieces times 2. So for me, my straps measured 7, add one inch for seam allowance. 8 x 2. Armhole measurement + 16 will be how much bias tape I need. My knit bias tape was 2 in wide by the measurement needed.
Find the middle of the back and mark, do the same with the bias tape. Place the bias tape right side against the wrong side of the back piece matching up where you marked the middle. Pin the bias tape all the way around from armhole to armhole. Sew across
Now that the bias tape has been attached, You will fold over the bias tape so that the raw edge is going to be enclosed.
Fold the bias tape over towards the right side so that it is fully enclosed. You will be doing this to the ends also. Sew from end to end so that your bias tape is attached and your straps are enclosed.
Find the middle of your back piece again, and place the straps side by side in the middle, or just straight down if you prefer them straight. Pin in place. Sew a square around both straps so that the top and bottom are sewn to the back.
Attach the bottom of the romper (or dress) as the instructions in the pattern.
I hope you enjoyed my hack to the get even more use out of this pattern. Thanks for stopping by, and of course, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win patterns from the 7 designers.