While finishing my quilt, I looked up some sewing information and stumbled across this pattern for a little pair of ruffly shorts called Madeleine Mini Bloomers. The pattern was free online (just print it out and tape it together!) and looked simple enough. Plus I thought they were so adorable that I just had to make a pair!
When I was in florida in May, Ma Bea gave me this fantastic fabric she found for $1/yard and I absolutely adore it. Notice the tiny hearts in between the stripes?
The shorts take less than a yard and less than an hour to make. The waistband is two rows of elastic. The original pattern called for 1/4 in, but I only had 1/2 inch. I think with the smaller elastic it might have been more ruffly and delicate, but the 1/2 inch makes them super comfortable and snug, while still having a nice feminine ruffle and shape.
Another aspect of the pattern that I tweaked is the legs. The pattern uses ribbon to cinch the legs (the ribbon goes through a casing and out of two buttonholes), but I didn't want to have to mess with ribbons and ties, so I simply used more of my elastic. Using elastic makes bows completely optional and I have been playing around with where I want them positioned. What do you think? Waist only? Legs only? All or none?
Free pattern - Madeleine Mini Bloomers