Baby bloomers

Sew Sophie Cum­mings’ lit­tle bloomers with a preloved favourite

Mollie Makes - - Contents -

Up­cy­cle a preloved fave into a new hand­made trea­sure for a lit­tle ‘un


Cot­ton or li­nen shirt or 50cm (19 ") cot­ton or li­nen fab­ric

Match­ing sewing thread

Fab­ric scis­sors

Elas­tic, 2.5cm (1") wide

Elas­tic, 1.5cm (5/8") wide pin

Pa­per or card Once you’ve got a gar­ment that’s slipped out of reg­u­lar ro­ta­tion, it’s time to size it up for its next star­ring role: some­thing new for a lit­tle ‘un. In the ul­ti­mate hand-medown plot twist, this project is a per­sonal and sus­tain­able way to grow your mini’s wardrobe – it’s a shirt-to-bloomers love story.

Cot­tons and linens work best for bloomers. If the fab­ric is too thick they’ll be stiff and un­com­fort­able for lit­tle legs and dif­fi­cult to thread the elas­tic through. If it’s too thin, the bloomers won’t hang well. Re­fer to the ta­ble on the left for the quan­tity of elas­tic you’ll need.

You’ll find the pat­tern pieces on page 90 – cut the smaller size for ages 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-12 months, and cut the larger size for ages 1-2 years, 2-3 years and 3-4 years.

01 Us­ing the pat­tern pieces on page 90, trace and cut out one front panel piece, one back panel 1 piece and one back panel 2 piece in pa­per or card.

02 Us­ing sewing pins or pat­tern weights, at­tach the front panel pat­tern piece onto one side of the shirt, mak­ing sure the fold edge is on the side seam of the shirt as shown. Cut out and press open.

03 At­tach the back panel 1 pat­tern piece onto the other side of the shirt, again mak­ing sure the fold edge is on the side seam of the shirt. Cut out and press open. If you’re work­ing with a larger item of cloth­ing or fab­ric and have the space, you can skip Step 5 al­to­gether by cut­ting both back panel 1 and 2 pat­tern pieces as one whole piece.

04 Us­ing the sleeves of the shirt, cut out two back panel 2 pieces.

05 Pin the back panel 2 pieces to ei­ther side of back panel 1 as shown, with right sides (RS) to­gether. Trim them, then sew to­gether leav­ing a 1.5cm (5/8") seam al­lowance. To fin­ish the

edges, ei­ther over­lock, cut us­ing pink­ing shears or sew zigzag stitch. Press the seams open and trim any loose threads. You should now have one large back panel.

06 Pin the front panel to the fin­ished back panel as shown, with RS to­gether, then sew the long sides to­gether and fin­ish as per Step 5. Press the seams and trim any loose threads.

07 Pin the crotch seam to­gether and sew, again fin­ish­ing the seam as per in Step 5. Press the seam and trim any loose threads. You should now have an un-elas­ti­cated pair of bloomers.

08 Now to cre­ate the elas­tic cas­ings. Start­ing with the waist­band, turn the top edge to the wrong side (WS) by 0.5cm ( ") and press, then turn over again by just over 2.5cm (1") and press. De­pend­ing on how con­fi­dent you feel with sewing, at this stage you may want to put a few pins in to hold it in place while you sew. Sew the waist­band down as close to the edge as pos­si­ble, leav­ing a 2.5cm (1") gap to thread the elas­tic into.

09 Re­peat Step 8 for the leg holes, turn­ing the edges to the WS by 0.5cm ( ") first and then by just over 1.5 (5/8"). Press and sew, again sewing as close to the edge as pos­si­ble. Leave a 1.5cm ( ") gap to thread the elas­tic into.

10 Cut the 2.5cm (1") width waist­band elas­tic ac­cord­ing to the mea­sure­ment ta­ble, at­tach a safety pin to one end and thread it all the way through the waist­band. Pin the ends to­gether, slightly over­lap­ping them, then sew ei­ther us­ing the ma­chine or by hand. Trim the thread then jig­gle the waist­band un­til the elas­tic has popped into the cas­ing. Sew the gap closed.

11 Cut two lengths of 1.5cm (5/8") wide elas­tic ac­cord­ing to the ta­ble, then thread the elas­tic for the leg holes as per Step 10.

12 Turn RS out and trim away any loose threads to fin­ish.

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