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I hope this tutorial covers everything. It has been really hot here and I would choose the hottest day, so far, to make a pair of tiny bloomers and take photographs of it, I hope it hasn't affected my ability to make things clear. Even if you aren't interested in making a pair of bloomers, there might be something in here that will be of use, a technique or tip for small sewing projects.
I used cotton lawn and lace (lace code: CL319W/Iv/E) from Little Trimmings (online shop), and Guterman silk thread, I can't find the one I am using anywhere online, but the following is written on it - 80m nr100 colour 7901 seta reale, the finer the thread the better the results. I bought it at my local craft shop, who have now stopped stocking it, otherwise I would have done shopping requests for anybody looking for it.
I used a fairly fine needle, no:12 sharp I think, the same one I have been using with the Bobbie Schoonmaker rug. If the needle doesn't leave a visible hole in the weave, it is fine enough.
I have included three sewing diagrams, which look very condescending, but it is to show which stitches I used and how I fasten the thread to finish, and they aren't complicated, which is good.
The pattern is for one bloomer leg. You will need to make two legs from this pattern. The pattern is not the same one I made for the first pair, I lost it, had to draw a new one, and then found the old pattern when I was looking for the 1:12 scale brass buttons, but it was too late, as I had already made the bloomers with the new pattern, but they don't look that much different to the other ones. I also had to change the gusset part halfway through which is why in the early pictures it looks like a V, and in the pattern template and later photos, it looks like a U. And I also discovered how difficult making tutorials are. Kudos to those that do this regularly!!
The 1:12 scale button is photo etched brass, I bought mine from the Dolls House Mall (online shop).
You will need:-
- Lightweight fabric
- Selvedge (on fabric)
- Fine needle (and a few more for pinning)
- Fine thread
- Scissors (and nail scissors)
- Clear nail polish/hardener
- Lace (optional)
- 1:12 scale button (optional)
|1:12 Scale Bloomer leg template. Those numbers represent centimetres (Cm)|
|The first fold, not quite sure why I have thought it necessary to put this photo in....I suppose this is how much surplus fabric you should have around your pattern, so the photo has a use after all.|
|Continuing from the first fold, you need to make another fold, about 3mm high. Technically speaking, this is optional, but advised. I'll explain why later on (it is to do with the possibility of fraying).|
|And these are the corresponding red dots on the right side of the fabric. I have laid out a piece of lace, to work out how long it needs to be, and which parts I want to be sewn on. Make it slightly longer than the distance between the red dots.|
|I have the full lace showing on the right side, but alternatively, you could sew it on like this on the wrong side, and have less showing on the right side. Either way looks nice.|
|Turn around to the wrong side (pencil lines). Using nail scissors, carefully cut out the "U" as shown and use clear nail polish/hardener along the cut edge, sparingly. Crease the part shown, and do the same for the left side.|
|And this is what you should be seeing on the right side. Cut off the surplus, above the red lines.|
|Fold the edges under.|
|Using small stitches, sew along the pencil line, and be sure to sew over the lace as well.|
|Use your finger and thumb to bend and press the fabric along at the sewn line.|
|Cut the surplus off (including the lace), so you are left with an edge of fabric like this. Use clear nail polish/hardener along the edges, sparingly.|
|And you should be left with this, one inside out bloomer leg. Now you have to make another one. As the back and the front of the bloomer leg are mirror images, you can make it exactly as you did before, without worry.|
|Now comes the most awkward part, not easy to explain in photos or words. The legs are identical, so just put them together so you have the outer legs together, and the crotch together. Put the needle in as shown.|
|And there is the ruched effect, the smaller the stitches, the tinier the ruched effect. I was in a hurry, so the ruched effect isn't quite as small as they were in the first bloomers I made.|
|Spear the selvedge with a threaded needle as shown.|
|These are the 1:12 scale buttons from the Dolls House Mall. They are currently £6 for all 6 frets.|
If you really aren't a sewing person, you could always bypass the construction of these, and buy a pair of Heidi Ott bloomers. I don't know what they are made of, but as you can see, the soaking and ironing, really makes these look realistic. You could start off with a low setting on the iron, as they may be made from a synthetic, so could melt! In fact, you could do the soak, stretch and iron method on most of Heidi Otts' miniature clothes.
If you decide to make a pair of these, I would love to see them, and it will let me know that my tutorial was successful, so send me a link for your bloomers if you make them :D The next post will be the 1:12 camisole tutorial, so you can make the set.
Once I have both tutorials out of the way, I will be left with a spare set of bloomers and camisole, which I don't need, so there will be a giveaway, open to all followers where ever you are in the world. The giveaway will be a separate post from both tutorials, so keep an eye out for it, if you are interested. Hopefully, it will take place sometime late next month. It will be one of those names on folded over paper, picked from a bowl ones, aren't they the fairest?
P.s. If you have any problems or questions about the tutorial, let me know.