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Le Blog de Sushi: DIY: Karen Walker S/S 2010 romper

Thursday, July 22, 2010

{ DIY: Karen Walker S/S 2010 romper }

Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi

As promised, here's my Karen Walker romper DIY that was featured in the Virgin Issue of Dujour Magazine. This is the first time I tried my hand at making a piece of clothing from a pattern and I'm quite happy with how it turned out (though it could never compare to the original).


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
For this DIY of the Karen Walker romper from the S/S 2010 collection, I used McCall's 9077 overalls sewing pattern. Unless you are comfortable with whipping up a romper from scratch, I'd suggest starting with a similar pattern too. You will need a sewing machine, 1.5m of fabric, matching thread and two gold buttons.

Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Cut out the paper pattern pieces and lay them on your doubled over fabric. Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric then cut them out. In the 9077 pattern, the overalls are constructed from five main parts: the yoke, two pieces for the back, and two pieces for the front.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Pin and sew the two back pieces together, sew the yoke to the top of the back piece, and one of the front pieces to each side of the back. Your romper should now look similar to this.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Sew the arm hole and yoke lining onto the yoke/shoulder straps. Grade the seam allowance at all curved edges to reduce the bulkiness of the fabric.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Turn right-side-out, press flat with an iron, and top stitch around the edges of the arm holes, yoke and shoulder straps.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Stitch the back pieces to the front pieces at the inside leg. Pin the remainder of the center seam and sew together. Sew the back and front overall straps together, following the existing curved stitches.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Fold the front pieces back to create a smooth v-neck shape.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Pin, sew, trim and hem the neckline. Your romper will now be visibly taking shape!


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
From this stage, I stopped following the sewing pattern. To create the ruffle around the neckline, measure around the v-neck and yoke and cut out a piece of fabric double this length and 5" wide. Sew down one of the long edges of this piece, not finishing the ends, and leaving a generous amount of thread on either end hanging loose.

Take hold of one of the threads and push the fabric down it, creating a ruffled effect. Continue until the whole piece is ruffled (refer to image 8). Pin the ruffle to the neckline of the romper, starting and finishing where the bottom of the armholes are.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Cut another piece of fabric 4" wide and a little longer than the neckline measurement to allow for hemming. Fold the strip in half, iron the strip flat in half and zigzag stitch down the unfinished side. Fold the strip in half again and iron flat. Hem one of the short ends.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Starting from the bottom of the v-neck, pin the strip to the neckline of the romper, wrapping the strip around the edge with the fold pointing out towards the ruffle.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
When you reach the ruffle, use the pins already in place to secure all the layers together. Hem the other end of the strip so that it fits within the v-neck neatly. After pinning, sew along the outer edge of the strip, securing it and the ruffle to the romper.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Finish off the ruffle by pinning the material under and measuring regularly to ensure it's of even width. Sew the hem, press with the iron, and trim any excess fabric.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Take the pieces of fabric that will be the pockets and iron the edges under so that there is a 1cm fold on the left, right and bottom, and a 2cm fold at the top.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Pin the pockets to the front of the jumpsuit in the desired position and sew in place. Sew a gold button to the top of each pocket.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Cut and hem the leg holes to the desired length, measuring the inseam of each to make sure they're even.


Karen Walker romper DIY @ Le Blog de Sushi
Belt the romper at the waist when worn and that's it, you're done!

55 comments | DIY: Karen Walker S/S 2010 romper

Closet Fashionista said...
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Sooo cute!! That looks so great!! *jealous*
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K said...
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That's freaking amazing! How long did it take you to do?

Love your work xx

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Sushi said...
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K - Thank you! It took about a week because I kept getting distracted then coming back to it ;) x Sushi

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Mel said...
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Gorgeous! I'll have to try my hand at sewing a romper soon!

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Friend in Fashion said...
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Great job miss! Looks fabulous :)

Luv, Friend in Fashion
www.friendinfashion.blogspot.com
X

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amanda said...
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Oh my god, you are amazing! x

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Mo said...
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omg cant believe you did this yourself !! i can barely fold my clothes !

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Mani said...
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It turned out so cute :0 If only I could sew!

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Renée said...
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Wooow, that's amazing! I really love to wear rompers and this one is so cute!

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Betty said...
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turned out very cute! You should do more diy like that.

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Drea said...
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Wow, so cool! Loves it! I totally agree with Mo over here; I can varely fold my clothes, so I dont think I should try this at home... :b

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Michelle-esque said...
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This is a must try!! :)

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Blue Eye said...
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So cool! Wish that I could sew like that!

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Eva B said...
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CUTE AS! I love it!

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KittyCate said...
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Oh I love it! Any chance you will be making these to order?? ;) I would just love one. x

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Eule said...
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amazing

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rosanguyen said...
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I love this diy, thanks for sharing it on your blog as well as the feature. I love the material you chose to use. :O

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Silkybow said...
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this is so great.
I would love to own one ! <3

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Bonsai said...
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That's amazing. I could never do it, but well done you!!

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soph (owl vs. dove) said...
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Love this! The end result is fantastic. You did such a great job.

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M. said...
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great job! i love <3

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veronika, tick tock vintage. said...
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looks amazing. i think i actually like yours better than the original.

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sarah said...
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This is why you are so inspiring! I just love it to pieces. Might have to get my hands to whip up something inspired by this now! Can't wait to see you wear this though.

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hbub29 said...
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I love it:)


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la reina cotilla said...
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so awesome, I love it! I wish to know how to sew in a sewing machine.
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Leanna said...
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Wow, this is gorgeous!! Would there be any chance that you will be taking orders?

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Ariella said...
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Wow. It looks spectacular and absolutely perfect! I can't believe you made that romper. I've only ever sewn one dress that I made while attending a sewing course, but I don't think I'd be able to make anything like that romper. The ruffles look amazing, and yet very difficult!

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annierama said...
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wow this DIY is fantastic! I'm going to do it!!!

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Glamour Bbey. said...
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Hayhay!
How are you? Your blog is great and I love your style! I'm glad that I've visited yours.
Please, check mine, & maybe we can follow eachother? + join my giveaway!

Thanks and love,
Cindy

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becka said...
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amazing :) so beautiful, I'd love to know how to sew : (

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jamie-lee said...
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Wow, you did a fantastic job, I am super impressed! I really wish that I had some sort of sewing talents so I could at least attempt to recreate this! x

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adele said...
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It looks so cute! You've got some skills with a sewing machine, lady. I might attempt this, myself, with some variations - if I had a working machine.
Very good DIY manual, too, it's really clear what you're doing the whole way through.

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Sarah said...
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wow well done! you're pretty good at sewing! the final masterpiece looks great and pretty close to the original :)

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kaitlyn said...
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i love the ruffles! im definitely going to try this one out.

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kaitlyn
http://thehypermanikin.blogspot.com/

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Pop Champagne said...
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holyyy that looks really good, it looks retail quality and just amazing. you are so talented!

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Sushi said...
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KittyCate & Leanna - Sorry girls, but I don't think I will be making more. I don't want to get into trouble with copyright issues and the sizing would be very hard to get right without the person there to try it on as I'm making it. Thank you for all the nice comments! x Sushi

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priscillavoila said...
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You've done such a great job! So cute xx

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Miss Woody said...
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wow I would like to have the same jumpsuit !

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pearlslaceandruffles said...
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It looks so adorable! You have a talent. xo

http://www.pearlslaceandruffles.com/

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Luna : said...
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wow,girl you have some serious skill!!!

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Closet Hound said...
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Love your rendition of Karen Walker's romper; it's cute, and you've got some talent on you, girl. If I tried to use a sewing machine, I'd probably end up sewing myself onto the cloth.

Can't wait to see you don your new DIY.

http://closethound.blogspot.com/

Sharon

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Anonymous said...
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Amazing!
You´re an artist!

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Marloes said...
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I'm very impressed! You're an artist!! I once got your Alexander Wang DIY, but I'm afraid this one won't do for me... :P

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noirohio vintage said...
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you've done such an amazing job!!

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Fashion Cents said...
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thanks for posting this on lovelyish. it really inpired me!

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Jane@greenfables.com said...
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Genius! You and your blog really inspire me x
http://blog.greenfables.com/2010/07/diy-karen-walker-inspired-romper.html

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Lin said...
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Um wow!!!!
Nothing I make turns out that good!!!

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Lélé said...
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It´s amazing...I´m sooooooo jealous~
:)

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Tanya said...
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so cutee! i love DIYs thanks for sharing its beautiful :)

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The Velvet Bow said...
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Wow, you did such a brilliant job! You could pretty much mass produce these :)

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Vedrana said...
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looks lovely, great work ;)

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Peta said...
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Nicely done! Very impressive.

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Kirstie. said...
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This looks beyond amazing. I love the fabric.

-Kirstie.

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imnotunfaithful said...
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i love this! will definitely be using your d.i.y. guide to make my own ruffled romper :)
... now i just need to find that pattern!

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Anonymous said...
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I cannot find that pattern ANYWHERE.... Any hints where you found it???
Your version of this romper is just adorable and Im dying to have a go...

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