This post was created in partnership with JOANN. All opinions, dance moves, and ideas are my own.
I’ve had McCall’s m7577 in my pattern stash for MONTHS! I was so excited when I came across this pretty floral knit fabric from JOANN because I knew it would pair well with the romper design in m7577. I’ve always wanted to have a coverup romper, but was hesitant to make one because I wasn’t sure how it’d fit. I’m happy to say, this thing is quite comfy and thanks to a few alterations here and there, the fit has turned out quite well.
Overall, I’d say this pattern is pretty easy. Probably more intermediate than beginner, but should only take a couple of hours. I didn’t keep track of my time, and I constantly get interrupted by small humans, but I would guestimate that it took me about 5-6 hours all in. I’m not a fast seamstress, so things usually take me a while. The longest part for me is often cutting the pattern pieces and fabric pieces. My sewing friends recommended using a smaller rotary cutter for this, and it’s seriously a game changer. Now I can cut my pieces at about the same rate it would take me to trace them. Pretty nifty.
Here’s what the spread looked like once I cut all my desired pieces. I made style B from the pattern, but included the lace back from style A.
The lace may look familiar because it’s from the same fabric I used in this Vest Embellishment post. It’s from the Giana special occasion line at JOANN.
Materials Needed for Summer Romper:
-Standard sewing supplies like scissors, thread, and a machine
-McCall’s M7577 pattern (Be sure to measure yourself and get the right size!!!)
–Fabric (see pattern for amount)
–1/2 elastic band
-Optional–lace for back
Once everything was cut, I followed the pattern instructions carefully and whipped up this baby!
It’s so breezy and fun to wear, so naturally I ended up doing the floss in it.
I love the surprise of lace in the back.
Tips for sewing McCall’s M7577:
1. Double check your measurements and be sure to get the right sized pattern.
2. Use a ball point needle if you make it with knit fabric.
3. Try a narrow hem foot for the hem on the sleeves and shorts if you want clean lines.
4. Add length to the bodice if you’re tall. If not, this romper may ride up. I’m 5’9 and think I could have used a little more length.
5. RAISE THE NECKLINE. Especially if you plan on wearing this without a swimsuit underneath. This baby sits low. I wish I would have brought my neckline up quite a bit, because this will always require layering unless I feel like flashing people (which I don’t).
6. I found that it needs a little definition in the waist, so perhaps plan on sewing the belt that goes with style D from the get go so you have something ready to wear on hand. I also think I needed to make the top a bit longer. If you need help lengthening or shortening a pattern, I have a short video tutorial here.
Have you made this pattern? I’d love to see your results!