UPDATE: Pattern link is working wooo hooooooo!!!!Ashley is the fantastic lady behind Lil Blue Boo... well she is half the fantastic team, Boo is pretty amazing herself! I had such a great time competing with her during Project Run and Play and was positively thrilled when she asked me to be part of her "What would you make challenge". Ashley asked several bloggers if she could send them some fabric (a kind they usually wouldn't use) and they would have to created something with it. I thought this would be awesome to be a part of and such a fun creative challenge. As readers you then get to enter for a chance to win 2 yards of the very fabric she sent us! I anxiously waited for the package. I received it the day before I left for Singapore and thus spent every night of the trip trying to come up with a cute enough idea for Lil Blue Boo! In the end I came up with an outfit I love, that I hoped fit the requirements to grace Ashley's cute site ic. cute, comfy and doesn't interfere with a child's playing.
The top is just a simple tie tank but the shorts, I am sooooo excited about the shorts.
It is kinda hard to see them because of the cute floral design of the fabric but they are all one piece!
They wrap around the back and then button with four buttons in the front
Since they are all one piece there are no seams to tug or hems to choke around a little chunky girls thighs, lots of comfort :)
Evie, who never wants to wear anything I make, loves these shorts, it was so refreshing to have her help me put something on her :)
She also apparently thought fists full of sand would be refreshing
I wanted to make sure you could make your own comfy summer Button Up Bloomers so I made a pattern and tutorial.
Before I launch into it though I wanted to say thank you to Ashley, this was such a fun challenge and it was great to stretch the creative muscles. I hope you guys like the shorts as well! They are insanely easy, even brand new sewers can make these! I hope you read more and make your own!
What You will Need
1/2 yard fabric
1/2 yard lining fabric
Needle and thread
The pattern for the button up bloomers can be found HERE on scribd. You will need to tape it together and then cut one on the fold from both your main and lining fabric. Once you have cut out both pieces lay them right sides together and pin all the way around (not across the top).
Try and make sure as best you can that everything lines up
Starting at one top edge stitch all the way around and up to the other side.
When you are done turn everything right sides out and iron really really well. If you did not use a stiffer fabric or a slightly stiffer lining you may want to topstitch all the way around. My lining was stiffer cotton so I sipped that step. Now we are going to make the hem for the elastic at the top. Fold over the top of the fabric twice and sew along the bottom to stitch it in place.
Once you have done this feed through your elastic using a safety pin.
Once you get through to the other side let the end of the elastic slip back into the pocket, but only enough that you don't see it, be really careful not to let it slip all the way back. Topstitch it into place. Repeat this process on the other side.
Now you can attach your four buttons
Create button holes in the corresponding places on the long flap.
And thats it!! Told you that it was easy. I am currently working on a pair in navy blue with white piping that I am REALLY excited about :) I am also excited to pair it with a comfy jersey shirt ala Lil Blue Boo ! Hope your buttoning up a pair soon!