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Subject: Bloomers / Kick Pants/ Lollies


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Date Posted: 18:02:28 03/10/01 Sat


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[> Subject: Making Bloomers


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Date Posted: 18:05:44 03/10/01 Sat

I am trying to make myself bloomers/kick pants to
match the lining of my dress. I have found a simplicity pattern used for skating dresses; but was wondering what pattern you all [y'all] use?

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-The same pattern, I omit the zipper and add an extra 2" to the front and the back pieces
Marie

-A different bloomer pattern
Try Simplicity #8382. This is a full bloomer style with no zipper. After cutting the fabric, I usually "fray check" the edges with liquid fray check purchased at a fabric store. I have had success hand washing all fabrics (including "dry clean only" acetate). I hang the bloomers in the shower, dripping wet and lightly iron them when dry. I prewash the fabric before beginning the project. I hope this helps!

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[> Subject: Making Kick Pants/Puffy Bloomers


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Date Posted: 13:33:49 03/15/01 Thu

I have a dancer going to the Southern Oireachtas and I have a dress whipped up for her but now bloomers-- does anyone have a pattern or can offer a suggestion as to how they make puffy bloomers? She is 14 and unfortunately they have to be made out of confetti dot-- otherwise I would buy them from a dance store!!!

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-Go to any fabric store or WalMart. Go to the costume section of a McCalls or one of the other pattern books. Look for a CHEER LEADER'S costume. Those patterns usually have kick pants. And you don't need that much fabric.

-I use any pattern for elastic waist shorts. Instead of just hemming the bottom, I make a casing and put in elastic. It's easy.

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[> Subject: Material for Kickpants


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Date Posted: 15:17:59 03/15/01 Thu

I've just finished my second solo costume ever. The first one was lined in white, so it was easy to match the lining with a pair of danskin briefs. This new dress however is lined in a yellow satin that will not match any danskin brief color. The problem...My daughter is less than thrilled with the idea of satin kick pants(She says they look like diapers). So the question is....What other material would you recommend that will be like the danskin/leotard like material? I am wondering if I would be able to use lycra, provided I can find a matching color. The yellow satin is a light yellow color almost a light buttery yellow. Of course worst case scenario, we'll go with the satin because it will match perfectly. But my daughter would be much happier with something more like the leotard material.

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-Use something with lycra if you can find the right color, otherwise, dye cotton Knit fabric. Most of my customers want the satin ones now, though.

-Sometimes you can find a satin finish lycra. They carry a lot of colors at www.justmakeit.com.

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[> [> Subject: Patterns & Fabrics


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Date Posted: 17:12:00 09/15/01 Sat

I am making bloomers for our school costumes. I am using a butterick pattern (cheerleaders), I made the large and medium, and they are ok, but the smaller sizes are driving me crazy. Does anyone have any suggestions for a better pattern? I am using white satin, and it doesn't stretch, my guess is they are going to end up baggy, do you have any suggestions about fabric?

-I've had good success with satin finish nylon/lycra bathing suit fabric and an old (c.1975) Stretch and Sew one piece panty pattern. The pattern has side seams only, no crotch seams to tear, and I finish the edges with elastic applied with a serger then turned under and topstitched with a multi-stitch zig-zag. Sometimes it's hard find a good color match in lycra. You can always cut satin on the bias to give it some stretch.

-Kwik Sew patterns offer the best stretch patterns I've found. I use them to make leotards and costumes for a tap/jazz/ballet studio. Their website is http://www.kwiksew.com/. Most stretch patterns are available in adult and children's sizes.

-I'm not fond of the the baggy bloomers. They remind me of the first baton twirling costume my mother made for me as a kid.) Stretch satin is great if you can get it in the color you want. The next best thing is to cut the bloomers on the true bias to give as much "stretch" as possible to the non-stretch satin and make them lay better--not so baggy looking. I use an adaptation of an old Kwik-Sew pattern that has only a front and back seam--no side seam making the bias cut lay even smoother.

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