The Bold Magenta 2-Ply Silk Crepe De Chine Romper!

Magenta 2-Ply Silk Crepe de Chine Romper Made with Mood Fabrics!
Summer is in full-effect here in the South.  And cool, casual, chic and comfy looks are required.  And one of my favorite summer fabrics is silk crepe de chine.  I love it in everything and I can always find a garment that it’ll be perfect for.
Magenta 2-Ply Silk Crepe de Chine Romper Made with Mood Fabrics!
When I saw this beautiful magenta 2-ply silk crepe from Mood Fabrics.com (which unfortunately has sold out.  Here is a great alternative, I knew that I would make something fabulous where the fabric could do all of the singing.  So I picked this romper.  In my area, as soon as the mercury touches 80 degrees, everyone pulls out the shorts!  So why not a pair of silk ones?!  Because when it boils down, a romper is basically a tank top and shorts.  But the best part is that it’s one-piece dressing.  I love mixing and matching separates like nobody’s business, but sometimes I like to grab and go!
Magenta 2-Ply Silk Crepe de Chine Romper Made with Mood Fabrics!
So for this look, I chose Simplicity 1355.  The lines were perfect to showcase such wonderful fabric.  And wonderful fabric it is indeed!  This silk is the PERFECT weight!  And the drape is off the charts!  It cut beautifully.  I didn’t have any problems with “crawling” as some silks and sheers are known to do.  And it sewed problem-free also.  I used a Microtex needle and made gorgeous French seams.
Magenta 2-Ply Silk Crepe de Chine Romper Made with Mood Fabrics!
For this romper, I made my usual alterations:
Magenta 2-Ply Silk Crepe de Chine Romper Made with Mood Fabrics!
I cut the size medium and added an inch to the bodice to insure a blousing effect.
And I added an inch to the crotch and an inch to the hemline.
Magenta 2-Ply Silk Crepe de Chine Romper Made with Mood Fabrics!
The back was huge and the faux back wrap-style was DEEP!  It’s summertime and we’re already having days that heat up to the low 90s.  Adding an additional layer of a tank or cami underneath this is out of the question.  And also, I feel that it takes away from the original fabric.  So I had to come up with a “seamstress’ solution”.  When dresses plunge to deeply in the front, seamstresses add “modesty panels”.  So, why not add one to the back?  And that’s just what I did.  This solved the problem of the bodice being “bra-UNfriendly” and also the oversized issue of the straps falling off the shoulder.  I basically measured crosswise from where the bra band would go and cut a triangle and sewed it in using a topstitch.  Problem solved.
Magenta 2-Ply Silk Crepe de Chine Romper Made with Mood Fabrics!
This fabric is amazing and the photos just don’t even do the color justice!  It’s one of the most vibrant jewel-tone magentas that I’ve ever seen.  And I’ve made a mental note to buy extra of a fabulous fabric the first time!
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Comments


  • Sallie
    June 9, 2014

    Gorgeous, as always! That color is just WOW!! And I’m also a huge fan of silk crepe de chine ANYTHING. Great choice using it for a romper, I love the idea of one-piece dressing!

  • Ginger
    June 9, 2014

    This is really, really lovely! The color is so vibrant and gorgeous, too- great choice!

  • Cennetta
    June 9, 2014

    Cool Chic! You look calm, cool, and over the top chic! 😉

  • Beth B.
    June 9, 2014

    Adorable! I have this pattern and you can’t tell from the envelope how deep the back is. Now I know! I imagine I’ll be stealing your modesty panel idea 🙂

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 9, 2014

    Leave it to you to make a hot pink crepe de chine romper 🙂 You look fabulous m’lady! The back modesty panel is brilliant!

  • Peter
    June 9, 2014

    The color, the fabric, the outfit, the styling — all beautiful! You always bring home the glamour, Erica!

  • Lori
    June 9, 2014

    Erica, this is stunning, I love the style, the fabric and the color. Beautiful job as always.

  • Amanda S.
    June 10, 2014

    Effortless summer style and beautiful color. I love this on you!

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    June 10, 2014

    Really beautiful, magenta is a great color on you, Erica.

  • Fiona
    June 11, 2014

    You look fantastic in that colour! Great solution with the modesty panel in the back too, you’d never guess that that wasn’t part of the original design

  • Amy
    June 12, 2014

    You look fabulous. Such a great little romper in a knock out colour

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    June 13, 2014

    Wow this is the most glamorous casual playsuit I’ve seen in ages – wonderful colour on you too!

  • Melanie
    June 26, 2014

    Your style is classy and inspiring to me to want to sew an outfit! Keep up the good work and keep the outfits coming! You are truly inspiring….