SONP + SOTL = Bloomers

This post is part of the Shorts on the Line sewalong.  Shorts on the Line 2014 is sponsored by: Britex FabricsHawthorne Threadsmiss matatabi, and Soak Wash.  Hosted by imagine gnatssmall + friendly, and Kollabora.

Shorts on the line

When Rachael from imagine gnats and Carla from small + friendly invited me to join in on their summer sewalong Shorts on the Line, I wasn’t sure how I could do it AND stay true to the Summer of No Pants. And then it hit me – bloomers!

This is my first SONP since I moved from Southern California to Virginia. And, as it turns out, I get a whole lot sweatier in the summer here. Which leads to the rather un-glamorous issue of sweaty thigh rash. Luckily, it isn’t a constant issue for me, but there are definitely hot, humid days when it is. I thought one solution would be to make some cute, lightweight bloomer to wear under my skirts. Here’s what I made:

Madeleine Mini Bloomers

I used Colette’s free Madeleine Mini Bloomers pattern in a sheer cotton voile from my stash. The pattern was easy to follow and took me less than an hour from start to finish to complete. Sorry to only offer you photos of the bloomers on my clothesline. I know it’s more helpful to see a garment when it is on, and I considered modelling these for you. Then I realized that the Internet is no place for half-naked women!

Madeleine Mini Bloomers

I like the sweet ruffles, and the sheer material makes it so it isn’t too bulky. The ribbon detail is also super cute. I think the bloomers work best under denim and bottomweight skirts, though. Under anything lightweight they would be too bunchy-looking.

Madeleine Mini Bloomers

I really love the way the bloomers look from behind. I already have a lot going on in the back, so I’m sensitive about adding too much bulk to my butt. These emphasize a womanly roundness and hug the curves in a very flattering way that I am happy with. However, they are really low-cut and sit low on the hips. Not my favorite look with my mama muffin top. I want to make more of these, and when I do, I think it will be more flattering if I raise the waistline to sit just below the bellybutton. I still like these. nut with a slightly higher waist, I think they would be perfect for me.

Be sure to check out more from Shorts on the Line, and upload your projects to Kollabora for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

4 Responses to SONP + SOTL = Bloomers

  1. I love love love these! I feel you on wanting things with a higher rise these days but I bet you look pretty hot! Thanks so much for sewing along!

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