Well, I mentioned a while back I would start writing pattern reviews, so here goes the first one! It seems fitting that out of my long list of historical patterns I’ve sewn, that the random number selector would choose a pattern from my first foray into sewing historical costumes.
Of course, the bloomers were the last thing I made for my Civil War Dress, just a couple days before the fair, but… I got them done!
This is what the pattern envelope looks like:
And here is the sketch version of the same patterns, just for comparison:
As with most Simplicity Civil War patterns, what you see is what you get, for the most part. The bloomers call for 2 1/4 yards of 45″ wide fabric, (I used quilting muslin.) and eyelet lace, beading, and ribbon. I used pre-ruffled eyelet, because that it what was easily available at Walmart at the time. (Yes, this was ten years ago when most Walmarts still sold fabric.) I finished them off with the beading and peach satin ribbon, which matched the beading and eyelet on the petticoat that went with this dress. Since then, I haven’t used beading or eyelet on a single one of my costumes, not for any real reason, it was easy to do, I just haven’t felt the need to. (I’m also not convinced of its authenticity.)
Here are my finished bloomers, with a bonus chemise!
The pattern went together really easily– I remember no problems or frustrations. The fourteen-year-old me giggled and giggled while sewing because, of course, the bloomers are bottomless, just as bloomers from the Victorian Age should be. (Imagine trying to fish the waistband of your bloomers out from under your corset to use the facilities and the open crotch suddenly makes far more sense.) It’s got a drawstring in the back half of the waist, which makes adjusting to fit easy while leaving the front yoke smooth and nice.
I’ve made several pairs of bloomers from the same pattern since, for various customers, and it’s my go-to pattern for bloomers.
I give this pattern 5 stars, and recommend it even for advanced beginner sewers.