Pattern Spotlight: The Lenox Romper
As Summer in the northern hemisphere is just around the corner, it feels so good to store away the winter quilt from our bed and wear my lighter pjs again. This week I chatted with two of our Sewing and the City Partners who have created beautiful versions of the Lenox romper which is one of my favorite summer loungers! Now, the question is: is the Lenox just pj’s or would you be able to wear it out, too? Let’s find out!
I was so excited to connect with Cassie because I love the way she styles her makes: she seems to choose practical fits for everyday (real) life but her fabric selections make everything so elevated! And her styling with accessories pulls it all together and feels very “chic boutique”. On her feed you’ll find her me-made jeans, cute tops, and even a tie-dye shirt for her dog and of course her “Pinspired” creations!
And….it was so fun to see the big reveal of her Lenox which she sewed up in this gorgeous swan print fabric from Joann’s!
How have you been styling your Lenox? Do you prefer to wear it during the day/ at night to sleep?
I’ve styled it with booties and a Jean jacket, worn it casually around the house while working, but also wore it to bed a few times!
How long did it take you to make the Lenox?
It took me about 2 hours. I did create a facing for the neckline using the front and back top pieces instead of just hemming the neckline. It provides more stability for the straps too.
Do you plan to make any more versions of the Lenox?
Absolutely! I can’t wait to make separates and another romper as an everyday look too!
You have such amazing me-mades…What’s your approach to sewing your own clothes?
I usually plan before I start but if a new pattern releases or I see new fabric arrivals that take my attention, then sometimes I do sew on the spur of the moment.
Check out more of her Lenox and all her other makes on her Instagram @cassie.nicole.creates
If you’re not following Catherine’s naptime sewing adventures in her IG Stories, you’re missing out! She has such a gift for sharing her sewing projects in real time, with all the decisions and sewing tips along the way. She’s also a master at fabric selection (no wonder she’s a brand ambassador for Olga’s Closet) but also refashions like nobody’s business! Goodwill men’s shirt to drool worthy summer top? Yep!
Catherine has sewn up several of our patterns, and I can hardly count how many Lenox’s she’s made! But, this is the romper in a floral pointelle knit from Olga’s Closet:
How have you been styling your Lenox? Do you prefer to wear your Lenox during the day/ at night to sleep?
I love the Lenox pattern as around the house lounge sets that I wear with matching twists headbands!
How long did it take you to make the Lenox?
I have hacked the Lenox many times so far! I like adding a waistband to the romper and raising the shorts version two inches to be high waisted shorts. It’s a fairly quick sew depending on if you add lace detailing or not. Each set has taken me about 2-3 hours to sew – the perfect naptime project!
Do you plan to make any more versions of the Lenox? Did you make any modifications?
Absolutely! It’s my go to pattern for elevated loungewear. I actually have plans later this month to create a slip using View A to wear underneath more sheer dresses. This is why I love this pattern so much! The versatility of this pattern makes it the perfect staple pattern for your wardrobe. 🤗
You are a prolific sewist!! What’s your approach to sewing your own clothes? Do you plan your wardrobe in advance or decide on what to make as you go along?
I like to create a general plan of what I want to make each month, but I definitely go off whatever is inspiring me at the moment. Sometimes that means I make everything off my monthly list, and other times it means I make nothing off that list. I’m sort of a spontaneous planner when it comes to sewing. 🙃
What are you currently sewing?
I am currently starting in on my daughter’s first birthday outfit!
Follow Catherine, her naptime sewing stories, and her gorgeous me-made style on Instagram @bringingsewingback
The Lenox pattern is a layered-by-size PDF pattern that comes in A0 and tiled printing options. It’s sized 0-20 and includes 4 different styles: a slip, a cami, the shorts…and the romper! Click here for more details.
Until next time,