I am loving bloomers right now. I love the femininity of them. Also, I love how bloomers can be super short WITHOUT your bootie literally hanging out of them! Who doesn't love elastic?? Holds all those bits and pieces in place!! Wanna make a pair? Keep reading....
-Fabric (I used black satin material)
-Ruler/ Tape measure
-1" and .5" elastic
-Sewing machine or needle & thread
Fold your fabric in half right-sides together. Cut a rectangle. My model's bootie measurement was 40" and my shorts length was 19". So, my rectangle was 42" (for wiggle room and seam allowances) by 19", again a little wiggle room for adjustments if needed. Remember, you folded your fabric, so you will have two rectangles. The picture below is confusing and scribbly, I know. Stick with me.
Now you have two rectangles (below, mind are stacked here). Take one rectangle and fold it in half widthwise, right-sides together. See arrow below.
You need to cut an arc out off the corner. I made marks approx. 10" in and 10" down. I knew 10" and 10" because each rectangle is one leg of your bloomers. So, cutting a total of 20" off each pant leg (at the waist) will leave me with the approx. a 40" waist when done. Any smaller than 40" and my model wouldn't be able to pull the shorts over her butt. See? Gosh I hope so. The 10" down is my approx. measurement for the crotch of the shorts.
Then I connected the marks freehand with an arc shape. Cut out the arc shape. Do this for both legs.
Keeping your fabric right-sides together, sew along the inner leg of the shorts. Follow the yellow lines in the image below.
Turn one leg right-side out, leaving the other still inside-out. Take the leg that is right-side out and put it inside the other leg. Sandwich one leg inside the other leg. Insert one leg into the other leg....
Below, we have the right-side out leg INSIDE the inside-out leg. Now, sew along your arc sewing the two legs together. Don't sew all four layers of fabric together. I like to grab the crotch seams, line them up and sew from there up to the front waist. Then again, from the crotch to the back waist.
Pull the two legs separate. Now you have shorts.
Fold and iron a 1.5" hem. The picture below just shows me making sure the elastic will fit once I thread it through.
Pin and sew your hem all the way around your shorts leaving a 3" opening to thread your elastic through.
Cut your elastic to length. I cut mine at 29". My model has a 40" butt, but (he he) her waist is approx. 30", so 29" elastic will keep the shorts snug at the belly.
Add your safety pin to one end of your elastic.
Thread your safety pinned elastic through the 3" hole you left in the hem. Shimmy and pull the safety pinned elastic through the fabric.
Once through, remove the safety pin and sew the two ends together.
Tuck the elastic back into the hem. Sew your closer shut.
Now, for the poofy, bloomer part....
Fold and iron the short hems up 3". You will be sewing two parallel lines to insert the elastic into. Sew very close to the top hem edge, leaving a 1-2" opening, and then sew another line approx. .75" (using .5" elastic) under the previous hem line leaving no openings. See yellow lines on image below.
Cut your leg elastic. I cut mine at approx. 14". Add your safety pin to one end and thread it through the hem. Sew the elastic ends together. Tuck the elastic back into the hem and sew the closer.
Do this to both legs.
You'll end up with bloomers like the ones below! Adorable.
Check out how amazing my model at the STRUT Fashion Show looks in these bloomers! I paired the bloomers with a faux fur top and oatmeal container handbag! Fierce!
I loved how these bloomers came out. Sew freaking cute and girly.
What did you think? Would you wear bloomers? With what?
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