Free Newborn Romper Patter for Newborn Photography
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Kristy Hall Photography – Des Moines, Iowa Newborn Baby Photographer
**Click here for the Sitter Romper Pattern
As my clients and photographer friends know, I absolutely love creating beautiful, unique styles for my newborn sessions. I work with each expecting couple to come up with colors, textures, and themes (earthy, organic, colorful, rustic, etc.) to best compliment their homes. I am a client and fan of so many amazing vendors and can’t say enough about all of the gorgeous outfits I have purchased over the years. But about a year ago I decided that I wanted to start bringing more of my own creative vision to life and be able to really tap into the vision of my clients. Part of this process has been sewing and knitting the outfits for my newborn photography sessions. In creating my own outfits, I am able to really offer the exact colors and tones my clients are seeking. This picture of Corbin (above) is a great illustration of this. His mommy asked for some bluish and brown tones that would look good hung on a dark grey wall. I was able to find fabric with browns and steel blue – perfect for to display in their home!
For Ellie, I wanted to combine colors and patterns so I simply cut out an additional layer over the top of the romper and stitched that portion on the front half before I sewed the front and back pieces together. I knew for her session I wanted some unique, colorful setups and turquoise blue for baby girls is hard to come by, so I thought this was perfect.
I have shared my simple pattern with many of the photography students I mentor, as well as a few photographer friends who sew. This romper has two curved seams and two three straight seams, so it really is something anyone with basic sewing skills can make.
Directions for Sewing Your Newborn Romper
Please note that this romper is for use as a PHOTOGRAPHY PROP only and newborns should never be left unattended in this outfit,
as it does tie around the back of their neck thus isn’t meant to be worn as an everyday outfit.
1/2 yard of stretch knit fabric OR a second-hand sweater with stretch (my “go-to”)
Thread to match
1 yard of yarn to use for the tie
Print off both images on 8×5 x 11 inch standard printer paper. Tap two pieces together at legs, and cut out around the pattern.
Click Here for PDF (you may need to save the PDF to your computer and then print)- Des_Moines_Iowa_Newborn_Photographer_Newborn_Romer_Pattern(11)
Click Here for PDF (you may need to save the PDF to your computer and then print) – Des_Moines_Iowa_Newborn_Photographer_Newborn_Romer_Pattern(12)
Pin your pattern onto your material (two pieces of fabric), then cut out a front and back for your romper. I make it easy on myself and use a roller cutter with a mat board (approx $20 at JoAnn’s). I lay the material flat and cut out two identical sections. If you have fabric that frays, you will want to cut the pattern 1/4 inch longer on the legs for a bottom seam. I typically use upcycled sweaters and use the finished bottom for the legs, so I don’t have to do a finishing seam on the leg bottoms (see top image of Corbin).
Cut the bib off of the back of the romper (see pattern) with a curved cut.
Pin and sew a zig-zag or stretch-stitch seam in the top of the bib, approximately 1/4 inch.
Pin the front and back together, right side to right side (as in, the outside of the fabric, what you want show, facing in). Sew a stretch or zig-zag stitch along each outside edge of the leg with 1/4 inch seams up to the spot in which the back of the romper ends. Make sure to trim the excess fabric off so that when you sew the drawstring seam it isn’t blocked by the excess fabric.
Turn the romper right-side-out, then lay romper flat with the front-side facing down. Starting at the right side at the top of the bib, pin the fabric down the side of the bib and all the way around the back of the romper. Sew a stretch or zig-zag stitch at a 1/2 inch. This will be a curved seam that the drawstring for the neck will be threaded through.
Again turn the romper inside out, pinning around the crotch and legs, finishing up your sewing with a 1/4 inch seam with a zig-zag or stretch stitch.
Turn your romper right-side out, and using a small safety pin, thread your drawstring though the edge of the bib, around the back, and up through the other end of the bib.
Step 9 – YOU ARE FINISHED! Now go find a cute baby to photograph in your romper!!
**You can also modify the romper to show of baby’s legs by cutting off at the dashes labeled “A” on the pattern and then sew a 1/4 inch seam to finish. You can also leave these without a seam for a more natural, rough edge, but make sure to hand wash so it doesn’t fray. I adore how sweet June (below) looks in this delicate romper. This was made with up cycled fabric with a lace overlay stitched on prior to sewing the front and back together..
Creating perfect looks for my sweet newborns is just another way I work to create unique, custom, beautiful styles for my clients.
For more information on finding a photographer who perfectly fits your needs, please check out my post on Finding the Right Newborn Photographer!
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