Baby Bloomers Tips & Tricks

The baby bloomers pattern has been one of my most popular sewing patterns. It is super quick to sew up and is a good project for beginners. I cannot begin to guess how many pairs I've made for my girls and for gifts. Over the years I've received questions from sewers and I thought I would compile answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions here...

1. Cutting - There is one pattern piece that you cut two pieces from. Make sure those pieces are mirror images. I prefer to take my fabric and place it wrong sides together and cut two at the same time. Don't forget your notches.

2. Pattern Adjustment -- The waistband for this pattern is straight across for the front and the back; however, I know that some babies have larger diapers causing the back to not cover completely. A simple pattern adjustment can fix this problem. Add approximately 1" to the back of the waistband, sloping it down toward the front

3. Elastic - While the pattern does have recommended elastic measurements, I think it is a best practice to measure the child's thighs and waist prior to inserting elastic. My rule is to take the waist measurement (or thigh) and subtract approximately 1" for a comfortable fit.

4. Waistband - For an added professional finish and to secure the elastic, I often add a row of stitching to the middle of the elastic waistband. I start by bringing the finished bloomers to the machine not stretched....

Now stretch the elastic so that the fabric is no longer crinkled along the waistband. This requires a steady hand and a little bit of practice. Stitch right down the middle of the elastic around the entire waistband. If this is not your cup to tea -- you could also secure the waistband at each side seam with a small stitch or you could opt for the stretch stitch function on your sewing machine.