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Kristy Hall Photography – Des Moines, Iowa Newborn and Baby Photographer

Sewing a Sitter Romper for Milestone Photography

This pattern fist approximately 6-12 month old babies, depending on their weight and height.

**Please comment below that you stopped by!  I am happy to share this pattern but would love to know your thoughts!  Also, when you use it, please comment here with the link to your post so I can admire your work!!!

Kristy Hall Photography – Des Moines, Iowa Newborn Baby Photographer

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I had such amazing feedback on my free Newborn Romper Pattern that I went ahead and created another blog post with a sitter romper pattern.  The steps are identical to the newborn romper, but the size is different.  I absolutely love creating custom, unique outfits for my clients.  I found that although I have so many amazing vendors I purchase outfits from, there is something very empowering about being able to create my own unique looks for a client.  I also found that I would be searching and searching for the EXACT color or style I wanted for a baby, and would spend a ton of time searching and never really find exactly what I envisioned.  Sewing outfits for my milestone sessions has given me a lot of creative control over my sessions.

There are two ways to create this pattern.  The first is shown on the top picture with Conner.  It includes full legs and is my favorite for boys.  On Amelia, the second image, I simply removed the legs and made a cute version where the legs show.

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 babies 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.

Materials

1 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

Step 1

Print off all three images on 8×5 x 11 inch standard printer paper.  Tape pieces together, and cut out around the pattern.

Free Sitter Romper Pattern

 

Click here for the Sitter Romper Pattern Top

Free Sitter Romper Pattern 2

Click here for the Sitter Romper Pattern Middle

bottomClick here for the Sitter Romper Pattern Bottom

Step 2

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.

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Step 3

Cut the bib off of the back of the romper (see pattern) with a curved cut.

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Step 4

Pin and sew a zig-zag or stretch-stitch  seam in the top of the bib, approximately 1/4 inch.

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Step 5

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.

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Step 6

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.

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Step 7

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.

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Step 8

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.

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Step 9 – YOU ARE FINISHED!  

Now go find a cute baby to photograph in your romper!!

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Free Sitter Romper Pattern

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Callen is getting so big…but he is STILL sleepy!
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I have the most amazing time photographing this little man and his big brother.  I have had exactly TWO Mid-Year sessions in which the babies fell asleep and let me pose them. Callen is one of them (doesn’t he look so dreamy in this picture?!?) and his big brother Camden is the other.  These boys like to snooze!

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His eyelashes are so gorgeous!  I was so happy to get these sweet, sleepy shots of this little man.  He is such a beautiful baby boy, his skin is so creamy and he has rosy red lips.  The thick, dark lashes really look amazing with his eyes closed!  I was a very happy photographer when I got to take this shot!

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He also happens to look amazing in black and white!

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But yes, he is SO CUTE when he is awake and smiling!  This was one of the first shots of the day.  At this point he still considered me funny and interesting.

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Callen has the sweetest little facial expressions.  I loved how blue his eyes looked in the outfit.

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I had JUST received this flokati in the mail from my favorite vendor, Lunebery (www.luneberry.com) and was excited to get to use it for Callen’s session.  He also got to wear this over-the-top adorable outfit from another one of my favorite shops, Cora and Violet (www.coraandviolet.com).  I love how the textures and colors of this set show off his beautiful skin.

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Happy baby!

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And….sleepy baby!  This was probably my favorite shot from the session,  Callen looks so cozy and peaceful.  I can’t wait to get him in front of my camera again!  He is too sweet!


If you or a friend needs guidance on finding the right newborn photographer for your family, please check out my post on Finding the Right Newborn Photographer!

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Ana is ONE!Des_Moines_Iowa_Baby_Photographer_110

I had so much fun photographing this beautiful baby girl.  I’ll be honest, sometimes one year-olds give me a run for my money.  Oftentimes they don’t like the camera, the new environment, having  stranger interact with them, etc.  But Ana honestly was just sweet and happy the entire session.  She is such a darling little lady.

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She has so many sweet facial expressions.  Her big, bright eyes definitely connect with the camera.  I had two different people say “She looks like you daughter!” when I posted pictures of Ana on Facebook and Instagram.  Once it was mentioned, I absolutely saw the resemblance in the eyes.  Big, bright, expressive eyes!

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I LOVE this image.  I would say 99% of my parents say “Did you get some good smiling shots!?!” at the session. And yes, I work hard to get smiling shots, but my favorite images are always ones with serious little innocent faces.  I think it is because most babies squint a little when they smile, but with their serious faces their eyes steal the show!

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HI am telling you, this little girl is SO sweet!  She also is amazingly photogenic!

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Ana’s sister Layla got to join her for a few shots!  BOTH of these girls are over-the-moon beautiful!

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We figured while Layla was happy and smiling, it only made sense to give her the spotlight for a few shots!  She is such a little stunner!

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I admit, like one year-olds, three year-olds are pretty unpredictable.  But Layla was born to be a model!  She is smily and happy and again, incredibly photogenic just like her little sister.

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The whole gang – how gorgeous is this family??

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Ana and her mommy Amanda look so beautiful together.

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Possibly my favorite image of the day!  Look at her little tongue! Eek!
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My heart always melts when I get to take daddy and daughter pictures.  It may be because I am a daddy’s girl myself, and it is also may be because my own daughter is definitely a daddy’s girl.

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Ana’s eyes are incredible.  I am so drawn to this sweet, beautiful image!

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Ana’s skin just glows against the dark wood background.   It always amazes me which features “pop” with outfit changes and set changes.  Ana looked gorgeous in everything we did at her session, but I definitely think she looks amazing in this setup!

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And of course, we end with a smile!  I truly enjoyed getting to capture the beauty of this family!


If you or a friend needs guidance on finding the right newborn photographer for your family, please check out my post on Finding the Right Newborn Photographer!

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I simply adore this little man.  Connor is definitely one of the sweetest, happiest baby boys ever.  And his big brown eyes and long thick eyelashes are just icing on the cake!

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Connor’s session was one of those Milestone Sessions that I love to shoot.  He is so full of personality and was happy to look right at me and give me huge grins.

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I often get asked what my favorite sessions are to photograph.  Obviously, I love newborn sessions because it is such a special time for a family, and I love baby snuggles.  But Mid-Year sessions are so much fun, because this is when I get to see their personalities shining through.  My newborns are usually sleeping, eating…or to be honest, crying at throughout their sessions.  At the Mid-Year sessions I get giggles, smiles, eye contact, and their personalities just shine.

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Curly toes?  Yes, please!

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One of the things I discuss a lot with parents is that whatever we choose for outfits should show off their child’s features (not just their face).  There are a ton of adorable outfits for kids, but I want to see baby biceps, I want to see baby toes, I want to see baby bellies!  Whenever I can find a cute outfit that still shows off a baby’s features, I am a happy photographer!  This is one of my new favorites from an amazing shop called Cora and Violet (http://www.coraandviolet.com) which makes custom outfits specifically for photography.

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Connor + crate = cuteness.  I can’t help myself, I love putting babies in crates, baskets, bowls, and anything else that shows off how little they are.  Connor, thanks for being so sweet and happy for me!  You are a dream baby!


If you or a friend needs guidance on finding the right newborn photographer for your family, please check out my post on Finding the Right Newborn Photographer!

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Hadley is getting so big!  She is almost 9 months old and is so adorable!Des_Moines_Iowa_Milestone_Baby_Photographer_89

This sweet little face was so much fun to photograph!  She has amazingly creamy skin and bright blue eyes, AND she makes the cutest expressions, as you will soon see…

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Hadley was so intrigued with me and the camera.  At first she was a little apprehensive, but as the session went on, she got more and more comfortable being herself in front of the camera!

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As exhibited by this silly, adorable picture!

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And this gigantic smile!  This was the first time I got to use this stunning little romper by Leah Michele Creations (https://leahmichelecreations.com).  Leah is local to the Des Moines area and designs and sews newborn and baby outfits.  I love her work and I LOVE how gorgeous Hadley looks in this soft color.

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She ended this part of the session with the cutest, silliest face!

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I almost never post black and white (I think babies have such amazing skin that I hate to not show it off) but I instantly was drawn to this image in black and white.  Her eyes and eyelashes are so beautiful.

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And of course, another sweet smile!  Hadley has so much personality and was happy to show it off for me!

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I know every parent wants those happy, smiley pictures, but 99% of the time, my favorite images from milestone sessions are the ones where they are giving me serious faces.  Hadley’s eyes are so bright and blue and BIG when she is making this serious little face.  And her rosy cheeks in this shot are over the moon cute!

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I was so excited about this outfit, because I had just gotten it in the mail the week of her session. This romper is from the incredibly talented Bailey at http://www.coraandviolet.com who makes the most amazing outfits for baby girls and baby boys.  Hadley looks gorgeous in everything, obviously, but I really loved how sweet and soft this look was with the ivory romper.

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And a HUGE smile from this sweet girl with her bright blue eyes.  LOVE!


If you or a friend needs guidance on finding the right newborn photographer for your family, please check out my post on Finding the Right Newborn Photographer!

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