I was so excited when RaeAnna of Sewing Mama RaeAnna allowed me to test her bloomers pattern: The Sweet and Simple Bloomers - she didn't care that I couldn't get to them right away, or that she had to wait to see them until I could create the vision in my mind of a top that should go with them. Eventually, I got it all done ;o)
First lets talk about the adorable bloomers. These are the simplest thing in the world to make - no lie. If my machine hadn't decided to die mid waistband, I would have had these knocked out in about 20 minutes (including cutting time). I love that they are just a basic bloomer - they will go with any dress, any tunic top, any shirt or onesie - or all by themselves for that matter.
|look at that little belly and those chunky thighs!|
You can then add embellishments to your heart's content - I added bows! I can also envision myself adding lace trim, ruffles to the butt, or even some rhinestone bling... well maybe not, but you never know ;op
Part of what makes this pattern easy is that it is only two pieces - right side and left side. The legs and waist have casings for elastic which makes the fit comfy and forgiving - they wont grow out of these overnight! I made mine out of cotton; but I can just as easily imagine them out of knit for comfy play, satin for dressy occasions, and a thin light weight flannel for summer PJ's. So many options!
|Look at that cute little tushie!!!|
Once I had my little bloomers done I knew that I wanted a tunic top that would show them off. Open back seamed the perfect option. The dilemma is that I don't currently own an open back pattern - that needs to be remedied. I had a vision in my head of what I wanted and couldn't quite find it - I have no problem adapting a pattern, but I also knew the vision in my head would be simple enough to make on my own. I found this image of a vintage pattern on pinterest and my fate was set.
Not too shabby of a free hand knock off - I think Heidi would be proud ;o)
If I make this again I am going to widen the bottom of the back panel and change the curve a bit, but overall I am so happy with it. I used ready made bias tape which made the project lickity-split! And of course the pocket, which is lined, has a center pleat, and is bound in more bias tape - and of course finished with a cute bow to match the shorts. I can't quite decide if I love the small ruffle or wish I had gone with a wider ruffle.
So what do we think of this little creation?
More of the cuteness:
|I'ma gonna run....|
|maybe this way....|
|maybe that way...|
|you can't catch me....|
|.... but I'ma gonna getcha!|
The bloomers just released today - don't miss out!!!!