My girls are dress-obsessed. They beg daily to wear them, and my youngest cries when I make her wear jeans (sometimes its just too cold - even with tights!). But, in the spring and summertime, dresses are an effortless choice: cooler than shorts and easier than coordinating an entire outfit.
In preparation for all of this dress wearing, I decided to make some bloomers for my oldest daughter. She will be doing more than sitting in church in her dresses; and bloomers are perfect for all of the swinging, and sliding, and running she will be doing this summer.
I began with a pair of leggings that I found on clearance (for $3!). Leggings are a perfect choice, because they will cling to the body without adding bulk under light cotton dresses.
After determining how long I wanted the bloomers to be (I measured them to hit her mid-thigh), I cut off the lower leg of the pant.
Because this jersey cotton won't fray, I didn't hem the edge. Instead, using elastic ribbon (from Hobby Lobby, of course), I zig-zag stitched around the bottom.