Bubble Shorts / Bloomers

We have designed the pattern of these shorts in the way that allows you to easily change the length to achieve the exact look you want. The elastic in the bottom of the leg could be pushed up 2~3cm during wear to create a bubble effect.

By simply changing the length of the elastic for the waist, you can achieve the best fit for your little ones or make the shorts fit in the next one or two years!

Sewing instructions:

Notes:

  • All seam allowances are 1cm unless otherwise stated.
  • Pre-shrink machine washable fabrics: wash, dry and iron fabrics before sewing

1. Creating the shorts.

Place the shorts front and back together with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Pin together along the front and back seams. Start pinning at the waist and stop pinning at the inseams. Sew together along the pinned seams. For a professional look, finish the seams with an overlocker or trim off ½ of the seam allowance and finish with a zigzag stitch.

Open up the shorts and turn so the seams you have just sewn are now in the centre of the front and the centre of the back. Pin together along the inseam. Sew along the pinned inseam. For a professional look, finish the seam with an overlocker.

2. Hemming the shorts.

Hem the bottom of each leg to create an elastic casing: turn each leg opening up 1cm with the wrong sides touching and iron flat. Then turn up another 1.5cm with the wrong sides touching and iron flat. Sew around the leg opening with 0.1cm seam allowance, leaving a 2~3cm opening near the inseam to insert the elastic.

Attach one end of the leg elastic to a safety pin or bodkin. Insert the safety pin or bodkin with the elastic attached into the opening of one leg. Guide the elastic through the elastic casing. Once the elastic has reached the other side, overlap the two loose elastic ends by 1cm and pin together. Sew the pinned elastic ends together.

Sew the openings closed. Repeat for the remaining leg elastic and opposite leg.

3. Creating the waistband.

Sew one or two rows of gathering stitches along the top raw edge of the shorts. Gather up the shorts to approximately 2/3 of the original width. Set aside.

Place the front and the back waistband pieces together with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Pin together along the short side edges. Sew together along the pinned seams. Iron the seams open flat.

Fold the waistband lengthwise in half with the wrong sides touching and iron flat.

Open up the waistband, fold up one long raw edge of the waistband by 1cm with the wrong sides touching, and iron flat.

Place the waistband over the gathered shorts with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. First match up the side seams of the waistbands and the shorts and pin to secure. Now, match up the front and back seams of the shorts with the front and back waistband centers and pin to secure. Adjust the gathers as necessary and pin to secure. Sew together along the pinned seam. Overlock the seam if desired.

Flip the waistband up and iron the seam allowance up towards the waistband.

Fold the waistband down so that the folded edge covers the exposed seam on the inside of the shorts. Secure with pins along the front waistband or use fusible web to secure the waistband if desired.

Secure with pins across the back from one side seam to the other side seam, leaving a 4cm gap on each side of the back waistband to insert the elastic.

Sew on the right side of the fabric all the way across the waistband 0.1cm above the seam, leaving the gaps open.

Attach one end of the waistband elastic to a safety pin or bodkin. Insert the safety pin or bodkin with the elastic attached into one side of the back casing. Guide the safety pin or bodkin through to the other side.

Extend the elastic across the back waistband with both ends passing the side seam by 1cm. Pin and sew directly on the side seam of the waistband to secure. Sew across both of the elastic openings in the back waist.

Optional: For a neat finish, sew 2 rows of stretch stitches across the middle the elastic panel, making sure to stretch the elastic as you sew. This helps prevent the elastic from twisting inside the casing.

4. Creating the Waist Sash (optional):

Sew two waist sash pieces together at one short end to create one long waist sash piece. Iron the seam allowances open. Repeat for the remaining two waist sash pieces to create two long waist sash pieces.

Fold the waist sash piece lengthwise in half with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Iron flat.

If a cornered end is preferred, measure around 4cm at both ends of the sash on the folded edge and draw a straight line to the other corner. These will be the lines that you sew along in the next step.

Pin together along three sides, leaving a 2~3cm opening for turning on the long side. Sew together along the pinned seams. Trim off ½ of the seam allowance and clip the corners. Turn right side out and iron flat. Topstitch all the way around the waist sash.

5. Creating the Sash Loops (optional):

Fold the top and bottom short edges down 1cm with the wrong sides touching and iron flat. Fold the long side edges in to meet in the middle and iron flat. Fold the sash loop in half and iron flat. Sew along the long side to secure.

Sew the sash loops to the waistband. The sash loops will be placed right over each side seam. Pin the sash loops to the waistband and sew them along the top and bottom edges.

Tie the waist sash into a bow either at the centre back or on one side in the front.

Congratulations. You have now finished the bloomers!

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