The Ruffled Baby Romper pattern provides two methods of finishing - with a snap crotch or with a fixed, sewn crotch. Here is an alternate way to sew the final seam of a fixed-crotch romper that requires just a little more skill than the easy method given in the PDF pattern, but allows a smooth, seamless finish for the entire romper.
The existing easy method instructs you to line up the front and back seams and stitch through all 3 layers, the front, the front liner, and the back, and then to finish the seam using a serger or other finish method. Quick and easy, and the finish looks like this on the inside.
To instead finish with the smooth method, you will turn
the raw edges of the romper front main fabric and romper front liner to the inside by 1/2", so the raw edges are inside the gap between the liner and main
Then insert the raw edge of the romper back into that gap between
the main and liner fabric of the romper front. Push the raw edge inside by ½”;
the front and back should be the same width at this point. If they are not, you
may need to adjust your pressed edges. Pin into place, first at one side edge
and then at the other side edge, then the pins between.
From the right side of the romper, stitch across
close to the folded edge of the romper front, catching the folded edge of the
liner as you go.
The finish then looks like this from the inside - nice and smooth!
Just a note also on matching the crotch seams for any finish method.
Before you worry your front and back
are mismatched, realize that the
stitching line, where you will be joining the front and back, is ½” from
the raw edge of the fabrics. Because the pieces are different shapes, they do not in fact match up at the very edges, but
at the 1/2" mark where you sew them together, they will.
Enjoy sewing your Ruffled Baby Bubble Romper!