All of the M4M baby romper patterns include instructions for snap plackets, however not all the girl patterns do. If your little one is still in diapers, you may want to add for ease of diaper changes. It is VERY easy to do and I’m going to show you how in this post. We may need to change the construction from the original pattern, so read through first before starting your romper.
Sew romper side seam. Note- not all the romper patterns have a side seam, so skip this step if the romper you’re working on doesn’t.
Hem or create casing. If the pattern you’re working on calls for a hem, press your hem and edge stitch in place. If it calls for a casing, create your casing and thread your elastic.
With right sides together, matching notches, stitch crotch curve seams.
Turn romper so crotch seams are matching. You need to measure the inner leg seam so you know how wide to cut your placket. The placket will be 2″ long and you will cut your placket 1/2″ wider than your inner leg width. For example, my romper inner leg measured 4″. So I cut my placket 2″x 4.5″.
Note- This will leave your finished snap placket 1/2″ long. If you are using bigger snaps or want a longer placket, simply cut it longer- 2.25″ or 2.5″.
Press 1/4″ to wrong side along each short end of snap placket. Note- if you’re using a knit fabric, I suggest using a small piece of lightweigh knit interfacing in the placket. It will make pressing the snaps in later easier.
Fold your placket in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.
Topstitch along each short end and the folded edge of placket.
Match raw edge and right sides of snap placket to front crotch of romper. Stitch with 1/2″ seam allowance. Press finished seam toward romper and topstitch on romper side, catching finished seam under. Repeat on back crotch.
Now simply add your snaps or snap tape.
That’s it! Put on your baby and ooh and aww! Or your niece, because no more babies at this house… although my nephew keeps telling me to go to the doctor and get a new baby 😉
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