Finished: Colette Patterns Madeleine Bloomers

5 Sep

The weekend before lastI had a sewing weekend, and it was AMAZING. I was meant to be away in the Peak District climbing for the weekend, but I have a horrible sinus infection, and was generally just feeling wiped out and really not up for it. Marcus still went up, so I had the weekend at home by myself to get some sewing done. I literally did nothing but sew, I didn’t even get dressed properly all weekend, just sat around in my pyjamas sewing :)

Now, I have to admit, despite having 2 whole days of little but sewing, I did not get as much done as I’d hoped. I didn’t for instance, put darts in the back of my scout tee, like I promised myself I would, or hem the dress that has been finished other than the hem for about 2 weeks now. I do have reasons/excuses for both of these, but really, they’ve kind of turned into sewing chores that I keep putting off, which is silly, because they’re both really quick jobs, and once I’ve done them, I’ll have 2 lovely new pieces of clothing to wear!

Colette Patterns Madeleine Bloomers

Oops, sorry for all the creases, they’ve been crumpled up in a pile at the end of my bed for a few days…

But onto what I did achieve! I’d been meaning to make Colette Patterns’ Madeleine Bloomers for a while now – it’s a free PDF download, and they look really cute. I even had some perfect fabric picked out, which is some of the stuff I got in my freecycle stash, but I just hadn’t had time to make them. Although I have a long list of items I want to make, I chose these for Saturday because I really wanted something that I knew I could FINISH. I haven’t finished an item of clothing (that I’m happy with, my Scout tee doesn’t count because it needs alterations!) since my Bombshell swimsuit, and that was getting me down a bit. I have all these plans, and haven’t managed to bring any of them to fruition. And meanwhile, the list of things I want to make is getting longer.


These took me longer to make than I thought they would (although that was only based on a friend saying that she’d made them in 2.5 hours), but I think that was because a) I was watching episodes of criminal minds in the background while I sewed (I know I’d probably sew quicker if I didn’t watch TV shows at the same time, but this way I get to enjoy doing two things I like!) b) I fell out with my overlocker, and spent quite a bit of time faffing around with her trying to get her to like me again – I finally realised on Monday that the threads weren’t through the tension discs properly, so now all is good and we’ve made up and c) Our (pretty small) dining table is the only place I have to cut out, lay out to pin, use my sewing machine, and use my overlocker, so I spent a lot of my time shifting everything around each time I needed to do a different job! Oh to have a sewing room!

Colette patterns Madeleine bloomers

Ha, sorry for the ironing board and general mess in the picture. I wasn’t going to stand outside in the car park to take these ones though!


Yeah, these photos aren’t the best are they?! Took me ages to take any, and then the first set were all blurry and I had to re-do them…I didn’t have a lot of patience for it!

Anyway, they are done, and I love them! I pretty much lived in them for the rest of the weekend once I’d finished them.

I overlocked all the seam allowances to finish them. I though about doing french seams on the side, but wasn’t sure how they would work with slightly curved seams. I think it’d be fine though, I might try that next time. I also had problems pinning my side edges together initially, I thought I must have cut them out wrong as they didn’t seem to match up, but then I realised I needed to ease them slightly, and it worked fine :)

Cute little pleats and bow :)

Cute little pleats and bow :)

I made them up in size small. My measurements actually fell halfway between small and medium, but given they’re quite loose fitting, and the waist is elasticated, I figure small would work just fine. We all know I’m not a fan of the loose clothes! They turned out fine in this size. They make great bumming round the house shorts, or pyjama shorts, and are really comfy! And free! What more could you want? I think these probably cost me less than 50p in total – free pattern, free fabric, 10p/m elastic from Walthamstow and cheap ribbon from a shop that was closing down – win!

And oh yeah, I totally had most of my hair cut off! Like 9 inches!! I was feeling spontaneous and let my hairdresser (who is a Lebanese hairdresser on Cowley Road and great and really reasonably priced!) get carried away! This is absolutely not what I had in mind when I went in, but I really like it!


All gone! And I never realised my hair was so wavy at the back!

While we’re talking about Cowley Road…I mentioned in post on fabric shopping that I saw a new yarn shop on Cowley road, but they were closed when I was there. Well I was down that way last Tuesday evening, dropping off my spare sewing machine to a friend who wanted to borrow it, and I saw they were open. So I popped in to have a look, and the place was rammed, with a knitting group! Including lurker of sewing blogs (and fellow attendee on my last course) Vairë! The shop is called The Fibreworks, and they have a knitting group in the shop every Tuesday evening from 6-8pm (and another one at some earlier time during the week) for anyone to go along to. I’ve been wanting to do a bit more knitting again, so I’m definitely going to head down there soon! I also picked up a few lovely buttons while I was in there. As a sewer, I feel like I have a distinct lack of buttons, so I felt it was time to remedy this :) I got a few of matching sets of varying numbers, plus a few odd ones, just because they were too cute to pass up!

Vintage buttons


19 Responses to “Finished: Colette Patterns Madeleine Bloomers”

  1. Vairë Gwîr September 5, 2013 at 17:38 #

    Uh-ah! I feel famous now!!! I’ve been mentioned on a sewing blog!!! Hooray!
    I already told you that I love your new haircut; I honestly think you look better with shorter hair. And now, shame on me. Why, I mean WHY haven’t I seen those buttons???? I go there to knit every Tuesday and I didn’t know they had any buttons at all! I’ll have to look around a bit next time I pop by.

    • Kelly September 5, 2013 at 18:39 #

      Hehe, I see your comments cropping up all over blogs! You’ll have to write a guest post one day! Thank you for the lovely comments about my hair. I do really love it long, WHEN I can be bothered to do something with it and curl it or something. But mostly I don’t have time, so this is much easier! The buttons are on the right, just inside the door! Although there may not be many like this left now…ahem…they had lots of lovely ones though! I almost bought a few sets of coloured ones as well, but decided to restrain myself until I actually know what I’m going to put them on!

      • Vairë Gwîr September 6, 2013 at 11:24 #

        I love reading sewing blogs. I admire you guys because it must take a LONG time to put all those posts together. Just reading and commenting is already time consuming enough for me… (I know, I am LAZY…) :-P

  2. Vairë Gwîr September 5, 2013 at 17:39 #

    I forgot to say your bloomers look friggin’ awesome!

    • Kelly September 5, 2013 at 18:39 #

      And thank you! :)

  3. char83 September 5, 2013 at 18:06 #

    These are cute! I have the pattern printed out but haven’t looked for fabric to make them yet.

    • Kelly September 5, 2013 at 18:40 #

      You should definitely give them a go once you find some fabric, I love them! I wasn’t sure how much I’d wear them, but there just so great for lazing around the house :) and a pretty quick make if you don’t get distracted/have a falling out with a machine!

  4. Clare September 5, 2013 at 21:23 #

    This is the second time I have got a mention in ur blog, go me! I did either French seams or mock French seams on the side seams xxxx

    • Kelly September 8, 2013 at 00:42 #

      Think I will go for French seams next time!

  5. Nikell September 6, 2013 at 17:23 #

    They turned out cute. I’ll have to try making a pair for myself.

    Visiting from Sew many ways,
    Nikell (^_^)

    • Kelly September 8, 2013 at 00:39 #

      Thanks for visiting Nikell! They’re really great, you should give them a go :) I think I’ll be making more pairs in the future!

  6. Gjeometry September 8, 2013 at 00:01 #

    The bloomers are so cute!! I have the pattern downloaded, but have not sewn them yet. I really like your hair, has a lot of personality now!

    • Kelly September 8, 2013 at 00:42 #

      Thanks Catja, on both counts! I’ve never thought of my hair having personality before, but I guess it does! For the first time, the haircut actually accentuates what my hair does naturally!

  7. Daniela September 8, 2013 at 06:37 #

    Your Shorts are super cute! I love the fabric choice and the little bow you used. I haven’t made them yet, but seeing your result I am highly tempted. I prefer your new haircut as well :)

    • Kelly September 9, 2013 at 00:30 #

      Thanks Daniela! You should definitely make them, they’re really nice and easy and so comfy!

  8. Lucy September 8, 2013 at 14:51 #

    The bloomers look so cute! I downloaded the pdf a while ago but wasn’t sure if they would look okay on a larger figure, perhaps I should just have a go and find out!
    Love the stripey fabric you have used on them :)

    • Kelly September 9, 2013 at 00:41 #

      Definitely give them a go! I think they’ll probably look great :) also, they’re really quick and don’t use much fabric, so not much to lose there, and even if the don’t turn out quite as you like, you’re only going to wear them at home anyway :) I wasn’t sure if the style would suit me, or how much I’d wear them, but now they’re done, I really love them!

  9. Ali November 19, 2013 at 22:34 #

    Love your bloomers! I’ve had the pattern a while and cut it out tonight ready to sew tomorrow. Stumbled across your blog after googling them looking for some inspiration!

    • Kelly November 23, 2013 at 10:12 #

      Thanks Ali! I hope they succeeded in inspiring you! I’ll keep a look out for yours!

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