This whole bloomer-making expedition has definitely been a learning curve. I went from a design that was good but had a few minor construction issues to iron out, to bloomers I want to keep rather than sell! I must make sure to sew a few more for myself. But in the mean time, everything is destined for you guys and the feedback so far has been positive!
The first pair I had up for sale were these simple blue ones. The overlocking was pretty amateur but they were functional, with tidy elastic channels and an adorable ribbon arrangement if I do say so myself! These are what I'm calling my "budget" bloomers due to the cheaper fabric and lack of lace trim, and I figure I will always have a more affordable line for those who just want function over fanciness.
This next pink pair were a little more ambitious. I refined my seam technique so that the ruffles no longer had any exposed overlocking, and I experimented with crochet lace. The end result? Super cute bloomers that are comfy and high quality 100% cotton fabric! These were snapped up by one of my best friends, which I was pleased about as I had her in mind when I made them! I really love this design and will definitely be continuing it, simply switching up the colours of the bloomers, lace, and ribbons I use.
My most recent pair are these! A red gingham print with simple ribbons hand-stitched to it, and a white crochet lace hem. These were an absolute pain to make as the gingham made my eyes go funny and it was incredibly difficult to tell if I was sewing straight or not! Still, I think the drama was worth it as gingham is a favourite print of mine and I'm pleased with the end result. I hope someone else will fall in love with these, too! (and if not, I have no qualms whatsoever about keeping them for myself!)
So, where to go from here? Well, I do still have a rather vivid teapot print I want to try out! I was initially surprised by how few UK shops seem to sell bloomers, but I think I get it now. They are fiddly and take a lot of practise to get just right (well, for me at least!) Certainly, I don't want them to be the only clothing item I make and sell, but I am finding them a lot more fun than expected and am excited at the prospect of offering lots of different colours and styles.
I want to expand towards other things. Cute casual lolia inspired dresses, aprons to wear for meals or cooking or anything messy that might put your frills at risk... I have a lot of ideas and I'm hoping I'll have them figured out soon! But until then, I present to you my cute comfy bloomers, which you can wear under your lolita dress, lounge about the house in, or try out over a pair of tights as adorable shorts!