These bloomers are super easy to make and the best part is they can be made into regular shorts for both girls and boys by skipping the elastic-cinched hems. You can add pockets, cute little bows or even lace edgings. The fun is endless! 🙂
I made this pattern based on my little girl who just turned 2 on September 30! The finished garment measures 24.5″ in the waist – Madeline’s waist is 19″ and she was able to wear them all summer and they still fit her quite well. I sized these roughly 18m-24m but each child is different so take the finished garment’s measurements into consideration so that they’ll fit your little one comfortably. Are you ready to make these? By the way, I’ve included a video tutorial as well. 🙂
Let’s get started!Things you’ll need:
2. Print pattern *here*
3. 1/4″ Woven elastic
4. *Optional* Ribbon for tag
Watch the video *here*
First print out the pattern – make sure the “Do Not Scale” box is unchecked and check that the 1″ test square measures correctly. You can print out just the first page of the four page file to check the test box, that way it won’t be a waste of paper and ink. After putting the pattern pieces together, it’s time to cut out your fabric.
My fabric is 100% cotton and sadly because the steam on my iron doesn’t work anymore so I just iron after spraying with a bit of water and starch before cutting my cotton fabric.
Skip this step if you’re making the shorts version – I used my 1/4″ roll hem presser foot to finish the hems. If you don’t have one just fold up 1/8″ twice and sew it down. I marked 3/4″ from the finished hem all along the shorts. I used a pencil here for this tutorial but please use a tailor’s chalk or a something that’s washable. I will be placing the elastic on top of this line.
I’ve cut 2 9″ elastic pieces. The seam allowance is 3/8″ so I sewed each end of the elastic within the seam allowance.
I folded the bloomers and elastic in half and pinned the midpoints on both. Then I matched the 2 midpoints and pinned them together. This made it easier for me to stretch and sew the elastic with a 3mm zig zag.
With right sides together, sew the inseams with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Don’t forget to finish the raw edges with a serger or an overlock stitch on a regular sewing machine
– I ended up just zigzagging my edges.
Now it’s time to put the 2 pieces together. After sewing the inseams, the bloomers will both be inside out so turn one right side out. Insert the one that’s right side out into the other piece that’s wrong side out. So now the right sides will be facing each other and then start pinning in place. I always match the crotch as well as the front and back end points first and then add a few pins inbetween. Sew along the big U shape and finish the edges.
The last step will be the elastic waist. In the printable pattern, I’ve included a 1″ elastic casing. However, if you’d like to sew the elastic directly onto the fabric just cut off 1/2″ along the pattern’s waist. My elastic is 13″ long – I matched the 2 ends (no overlapping) and zig zag stitched them to form a ring.
I sewed down 1/4″ all the way around the waist. Now’s a good time to add a tag to the back. I divided the elastic ring and the bloomers’ waist into 4 equal sections I folded the fabric over the elastic matching the section points and pinned them in place. Lastly, fold the fabric over the elastic as you stretch each section and sew with a 3mm zig zag stitch.
And they’re done!
Every time Madeline wears these bloomers, Grandma says they look like Tudor pants. Haha! But that’s ok because I think they had some of the most beautiful fashion back then.
If you made these cute little bloomers, please post some pics in the comments below – I would so love to see them! 🙂