Madeleine Bloomers Variation: The Tap-Pants

Thanks for all the lovely comments on the pjs – it feels good to actually finish something after such a long sewer’s block!

This is actually the second time I’ve made this combo – the first was for little sis’s christmas present. She was heading off to backpack through India and Bali for a couple of months so I didn’t want to get her anything too bulky and this ticked the box and a couple more:

  • Natural fibres – to keep cool in the drive-me-nuts-heat
  • Super light weight – it’s like wearing a feather (good for tight baggage allowance too)
  • Adaptable – the top made from Colette’s Sorbetto pattern can double as a blouse during the day

Meanwhile the pants were an easy variation too. I’ve had my eye on the cute (and free!) Madeleine Bloomers pattern for a while (check out these gorgeous versions) but I wasn’t sure it would work so well on my snow-woman shape being low-waisted and gathered at the thigh.

I wanted something looser but that still kept the quirky-flirty character of the original and here’s what I came up with – the Madeleine Tap-pants variation.

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  1. Download the pattern, tape together and cut out the two pieces.
  2. On the back piece, draw a line 4 inches below the waist edge.
  3. Cut along the line and spread by 3 inches. Fill gap with paper and tape in place.
  4. We want the tap-pants cut on the bias so they drape nicely, so re-draw the grainline at a 45° angle.
  5. Repeat on the front piece.
  6. Sew as per instructions using french seams. Finish legs with narrow hem.

Enjoy your new pjs!

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11 thoughts on “Madeleine Bloomers Variation: The Tap-Pants

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  2. I think I’m roughly the same size as you, and have also described my shape as “snow woman”. I made the Madeleine bloomers pretty much as is, just graded up a bit in width–same color combo as the sample picture, even. I was worried, but they are actually really cute on me–very booty flattering. The mister is pretty fond of them.

  3. Fabulous! This would be a great make for my first attempts to work with a really nice silk. Bet you don’t need more than half a metre. Gargh! Running out of days before my holiday.

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  5. These are so cute, and comfortable. I made a pair in pink satin and they’re very figure flattering. I like the loose fit and wear them for lounging around the house.

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