or…the post where I show you my underpants! This summer seems to be about working on cute fun projects that have been on my list forever. Last year I saw the pattern for the Madeleine mini bloomers by Colette patterns everywhere on the internet. and like every like minded girl I squealed with cuteness- I wanted a pair! I printed out the pattern and um…promptly forgot about it. Until last week!
So this past saturday after a quick supply run to joanns for elastic and ribbon I got to work cutting up some fabric I had cluttering up my fabric bin. I used a variety of fabrics that they did not recommend in their pattern but they all worked out great. Black cotton t shirt fabric from my friend Elaine forever ago, cotton polka dot fabric from a now too big skirt, white cotton heavy muslin like fabric, black and white striped cotton sear sucker like fabric and some super stretchy knit yellow white polka dot fabric. I made the first two pairs for sizing and then figured out that it’s best to add an inch or two to the waisteline top- they are super cute and low cut but for me lounging around the house i wanted them to be a bit more coverage on the tush. Each pair takes about 2 hours or less from start to finish. if you’re like me and a bit lazy here are the other changes I made to the pattern.
1. Added 1-2 inches to the top of the front and back pattern piece.
2. There really is a strange triangle piece on the pattern in the crotch area that one commenter mentioned in her comment on the pattern. I trimmed the pattern after the first pair I made.
3. I moved the ribbons to the side of the leg and I didn’t make button holes. I just cut two tiny little slits in the ribbon casing and slid the ribbon through that. I don’t have time to put button holes on underpants.
4. I also made the straight seams using my serger. This made it super fast but made them a wee bit bigger. Good to keep in mid in you want them to be smaller.
So anyways- here is me in my underpants! or mini madeleine bloomers to be more specific. These are great for wearing around the house with a tank on hot summer nights but I’m also looking forward to wearing them under skirts and they will be awesome for riding bikes in skirts! Horray mini bloomers!