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Lace-trim bloomers!

October 10, 2017

Earlier in the year a friend of mine asked me to make her some ‘below the knee bloomers’, with frills and ribbons at the bottom of each leg, as part of a fancy dress outfit she was planning to wear to Shambala festival in August.  She sent me these images for inspiration.

Inspiration images

We settled upon a design – she didn’t want the frilly bum/bustle thing, she wanted creamy ivory fabric with pale pink bows, and she wanted fitted on the thighs rather than loose.

She asked for an elasticated waistband, but I couldn’t think how to do that and still have close-fitting trousers, so we ended up using stretch fabric instead for a bit of extra give.  I chose a two-way stretch woven polyester suiting fabric in ivory.  With it being such a pale colour I wanted to use a medium weight fabric so that the trousers would not end up see-through!

My starting point was using the pattern for Gertie’s Cigarette Pants, but adapted to fit the design brief.  Here she is at Shambala festival with the whole outfit on:

Doesn’t she look fantastic?! Such a fun sewing project!


  1. SusanB permalink
    October 10, 2017 6:16 pm

    I would love something like that as sleep pants. Love them!!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      October 10, 2017 6:49 pm

      Then they’d definitely need an elasticated waist 👍

  2. Juliana permalink
    October 11, 2017 1:43 am

    Awesome! Great make, and must have been super fun 🙂

  3. theprettyandthekitsch permalink
    October 16, 2017 6:29 pm

    I LOVE lace-trim bloomers and have actually been wanting to make myself some for awhile, and you’ve inspired me to definitely take the plunge and do it because the ones you made for your friend are adorable! You did a great job!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      October 16, 2017 6:30 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad I inspired you – good luck with them! ❤

      • theprettyandthekitsch permalink
        October 16, 2017 8:04 pm

        You’re welcome, and thank YOU!! 🙂

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