The “Shake it Like Anne” Romper

The "Shake it Like Anne" Romper

This project is named for hip-shaking sexbomb, Anne-Margret, who rocked both Elvis and the world, in Viva Las Vegas! When her gorgeous legs weren’t on display she rocked opaque tights for two entire dance sequences!! That’s MOXY!!

The Facts | Viva Las Vegas Challenge
Fabric | Stretch Rayon Blend Suiting :: $2.39 a yard. It’s awesome. It looks like brushed denim. I’m glad I bought so much!
Patterns | A combo of two vintage (Vogue 1128 & Butterick 3530) patterns from the swap that has contributed most to my sewing, the Sew Weekly NYC meet-up.
Year | Both patterns are from the 1960s, I believe.
Notions | Thread and a zip from a huge stash that my grandmother gave me.
Time to complete | It’s hard to say….I cut this and another project out one evening. Then started, and finished project one (a DISASTER of EPIC proportions) before I started the bodice of this one and got interrupted by the Insectpalooza being held in my apartment. I nearly called the whole thing off.
First worn | For silly apartment photos. This thing is way body conscious. I wasn’t up for outdoor photos.
Wear again? | Yes, but on a really hot day when I won’t care how revealing it feels.
Total price | About $5 bucks, I guess.

The "Shake it Like Anne" Romper

*sigh* This challenge was not without its….challenges. I am not a gambler. I am non competitive by nature (and nurture) and I have no stomach for losing money. But, we were supposed to be inspired by VEGAS, BABY!! So, I rolled the metaphorical dice, and cut out two risky projects.

I started and finished this dress before I realized what a bad choice it was. My body needs back waist darts on a garment and more hip room than this one afforded. And the upper back of sheath type fits are always terrible on me, this one was no exception. This thing looks so bad on, I won’t even put a photo of myself in it on the internet . In fact, I didn’t even take a photo. The fabric was dead cheap, but I feel like I lost a ton at the Blackjack table of sewing.

The "Shake it Like Anne" Romper

On to project two.

I’ve already had (MUCH!!) success with Butterick 3530. So I knew the shorts were a go. I added a bit more wiggle room this time by cutting slightly larger than the pattern piece. This is try two for Vogue 1128. I added extra width to the bodice last time and it was comically massive. Dolly Parton could have filled it out, lol. This time, I folded out the middle a bit. The darts aligned perfectly with my body, but the bodice was now a bit narrow and didn’t want to match up with the width of the shorts. I compensated by adding strips of fabric to the center back where I had relocated the zipper. I wish I had moved the shorts zip to the side instead, there is some puckering on the lower part of it as it sits now. I could do with a bit of sway back adjusting, too. But, in an effort to avoid any crotch shortness issues, I thought I should err on the side of too much lengthwise ease. If I make this again, which I am considering, I would lengthen the bodice and lower the waistline of the shorts, too.

The "Shake it Like Anne" Romper

Overall, I am pretty pleased with the result. My husband certainly liked it. :o) I’m glad I rolled the dice on bad project choices. And pattern mash-up experiments. And tricky fit. And loss of morale. I didn’t let the house win when bugs tried to take over my sewing room. The dealer spun the roulette wheel and my number came up! Cheers (with water, sorry Oona) to that!

The "Shake it Like Anne" Romper

PS- Sometimes, the house still sneaks in a jab. Check out this zipper job.

Ass Backward Zipper

Can’t see the problem?? Take a closer look.

Ass Backward Zipper


More pics here


20 thoughts on “The “Shake it Like Anne” Romper

  1. Love. It. Girl. I have had another shorts romper on my list, but this one is definitely more grown up than the one I had in mind for me. (I can see why your husband loves it! LOL. there is a similarly sexy little romper number in the current Burda print catalog.). Very cool contortionist factor with the zipper there!

    • Thanks so much! I had a few different styles in mind, but I’m glad I went with this one. I’m also glad I was able to avoid buying another pattern to make it, lol.

      The zipper thing is so funny. I can get it up part way, I’m pretty bendy with zipping myself up usually. But because it’s backwards I had to put a big decorative hairpin through the eye and use that to pull it the rest of the way up. MacGyver solution!!

    • Thanks, Ginger! I think I will wear it once it heats up again.
      The zipper thing is so funny. I can get it up part way, I’m pretty bendy with zipping myself up usually. But because it’s backwards I had to put a big decorative hairpin through the eye and use that to pull it the rest of the way up. MacGyver solution!!

  2. I think it looks mahvelous!! Love this paired with the hat on you – you look smashing! I’ve done that with the zipper – so frustrating – but I love that you are able to work around it to totally rock this romper!

  3. That hat is to die for! What a cool idea to mash up those patterns. This looks amazing on you. I feel silly, though, because I can’t see what’s wrong with the zipper ;).

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