I found the original tutorial by made (dana-made-it) and she even included a FREE pattern HERE with sizes ranging from 0-24 months! (How cute are the ones she made?!?) :)
- 1 yd fabric (just to be safe)
- 1/4" Elastic for legs & waistband
- Coordinating thread
1. Begin by printing out your pattern pieces and cutting the pattern to your desired size. Place the pattern piece on the fold and cut pieces for both the front and back.
4. Pin your first ruffle to the BACK pattern piece right sides together. Stitch ruffle in place making sure your stitch is either directly on top of, or a little over the gathering stitch - so the stitches don't show when you fold over. I place this first ruffle about 3/4 from the top of the leg opening.
5. Press ruffle over and down and trim any excess.
6. Pin and stitch your second ruffle to the back pattern piece about 1/2" from your first ruffle. You'll see this is about even with the top of the leg opening on the pattern.
7. Fold over and press second ruffle and cut off any excess.
Attach the 3rd ruffle just like the second, about 1/2" above the middle ruffle- pin, sew, press, cut.
8. Now you're going to connect the back piece to the front piece. Sew the side seams with right sides together. Make sure you catch each ruffle in this seam so they're all held down.
Serge or zig-zag along the edge.
9. Also connect the two crotch pieces. Align the raw edges and stitch. Serge or zig-zag along the edge. (Sorry I don't have a picture of this step) :(
10. Serge/Zig-zag along the raw edges at the waist and around the leg holes. Fold over and press 1/2" and stitch to create the encasing for the elastic - Don't forget to leave a 1-2" opening to feed your elastic through. I fed through at the side seams on each side.
These leg openings are TRICKY! Go slow, and know that they don't have to be perfect - any impurities will be masked once the elastic gathers it right up!
A tip to avoid this difficult step, is to sew bias tape for the casing instead. You can find contrasting or matching bias tape at any craft or sewing store.
The trick to getting the above method right, is using your iron to fold the casing over and to GO SLOW. Like I said, it doesn't have to be perfect, because the elastic will bunch everything up!
11. Begin feeding your elastic through the encasing by connecting your elastic to a safety pin. See pattern for correct elastic length! TIP: So the other end of your elastic doesn't disappear into the casing while you're feeding it through, I secure it with a safety pin to the bloomer, like this...
12. Stitch the ends of your elastic to secure. I do mine in a cross to secure both ways. Stretch it to test that both ends are securely connected! You don't want the elastic popping after it's sewed up in the encasing.
(Sorry this is the blurriest picture EVER!)
13. Stitch the openings closed where you fed your elastic through. Turn the bloomers right side out and there you go! How ADORABLE?!?
How cute will these be peeking out from underneath this little dress??? :)