Here at Harts it’s no secret that we adore Colette, we also love free patterns! Today’s tutorial provides the best of both worlds! I’m going to show you step by step how to make her Madeleine Mini Bloomers. The pattern is a free downloadable pdf file, all you have to do is download it and print it out. These bloomers are super cute, easy to make and they only require one yard of fabric!
First off you will gather up your supplies. You will need: your pattern, one yard of fabric (I chose the super cute pink narwhals from the ‘Out to Sea‘ collection by Sarah Jane), 2 1/2 yards of ribbon (I’m using a 3/8″ Azalea Petersham Rayon Grosgrain), 2 1/2 yards of 1/4″ elastic, thread, pins, and scissors or rotary cutter.
After printing the pattern out I assembled it using clear packing tape on all the seams. After all the pages were taped together I cut out my size. Ive made this pattern a few times now and I have found that the packing tape has held up quite well.
Pin your pattern pieces according to the chart in the pdf, then cut them out. I like to use a rotary cutter to cut my pieces out, it makes the cutting process move quickly and smoothly.
With the right sides of your fabric together stitch the front (A) pieces together at the center curve. You will then do the same with the back (b) pieces.
After sewing the center curves, finish your edges and press open. I don’t have a serger so I just use pinking shears on my raw edges.
Next we’ll sew the crotch seam. With right sides together stitch front side (A) to back side (B) at the crotch. Finish your seam and then press to the front.
Next are the side seams! With right sides together stitch front side (A) to back side (B) at both side seams. Finish the edges and then press your seams open.
Time to make the waist band! I love the waistband on these bloomers, the multiple elastic casings make is super comfortable! First you will finish the raw top edge, since I don’t have a serger I like to tuck my raw edge under for a cleaner look. Then fold the top over 2″ press it and pin it in place.
The waistband is formed by four rows of stitching. The elastic will be inserted into the second and forth casing while the other two are left empty. By doing so you will create a waistband that is both super comfy and totally adorable!
The top row of stitching is 3/8″ from the edge, each consecutive casing will be 3/8″ apart, don’t forget to leave a gap in the stitching so that you can insert your elastic.
Cut two lengths of 1/4″ elastic that fit snugly around your lower waist, then feed them into the second and forth casing. I used a safety pin to feed my elastic more easily.
After you have finished inserting your elastic you can sew the ends together and close the casing. Yay! your waistband is all done!
Now it’s time to sew up the leg openings! First you will stitch two 3/8″ button holes on to the front of each leg opening where they are marked on the pattern front (A). finish your raw edges and fold over 1 1/2″ of the leg opening hem. Press and pin in place.
Next stitch two rows to form a 3/8″ casing for your ribbon, this casing will align with the buttonholes.
On the right side, bring the buttonholes together to form a 1/2″ pleats, the buttonholes should lay right on the edge. Stitch the pleats in place by stitching over the stitches in the casing. Next you will cut two lengths of ribbon and feed it through the newly formed casings. Pull the ribbons and tie in to bows!
All finished and totally adorable!
I hope everyone tries this pattern, these bloomers are great for wearing under skirts or lounging around the house! Please share pictures of your completed bloomers with us, we’d love to see them!Tweet