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Free Pattern to Download: The Madeleine Mini Bloomers


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Valentine’s day is coming this weekend, and whether you love it or hate it, you must admit having something adorable to lounge around in makes any day that much sweeter. So I present to you the madeleine mini bloomers, a free sewing pattern that you can download! It takes only a yard of fabric (along with some elastic and ribbon), and an hour or two of sewing to whip up these pretties.

These are no prim and proper Victorian bloomers, as you can see. They sit low on the waist, and are scandalously brief. The back view is particularly flattering. The waistband is sewn with two rows of elastic, and the legs are cinched with a length of ribbon. With just two pattern pieces, a beginner who is comfortable with elastic and buttonholes can make these.

The pattern is put together like any Burdastyle pattern. You just print out the sheets and tape them together to form the pattern. It’s multi-sized for XS to XL, which encompasses the usual sizes 0-18 in Colette Patterns’ range.

Download the Madeleine Mini Bloomers pattern!

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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These are so cute!!! Off to download for later sewing. ;) Thanks for generously sharing these, Sarai!!!

Anne Weaver

These are so pretty! Thank you for offering the free pattern! I am SOOO making a pair of these!

I featured your pattern out on Craft Gossip Sewing:



Thank you! I might just have to whip these pretties up for my valentine.


eek! What a sweet treat!


I do these in a super-soft silk or even a stretch lace with a scalloped edge…which would save you the time finishing the edges!


cute. cute. cute. Thank you for sharing!


Wow, these are super cute! Thank you!!

Amy P.

Oh my goodness! These are so adorable! Can’t wait to sew. Happy Valentine’s Day!


How cute are these! Thanks for sharing this!


So lovely…how pretty would these be in a pistachio green with pink bows? Thank you for the pattern!

Shelly Figueroa

What a perfect Valentines Gift!
I need to make these up for my night out with the husband that is 2 months over due! Maybe with my Red Rooibos dress.
He’ll thank you. :) Thanks.


thank you! i’ve downloaded the pattern and hope to make them up sometime!


Adorable! I’m going to link to these in my round-up post this afternoon. :) Thanks for the free goodies!


Oh Sarai!
These are perfect!
I’m going to whip up a pair tonight for my best friend for Valentines Day!
Thank you so much.
Good Karma.


SO sweet! I can’t wait to make these! Thank you, thank you!


thank you so much, this is so cute!


Love these!!! Printing the pattern out as I type ;) Thank you, Sarai!

Lindsey M Nelson

Thanks! These are adorable. I’ve been thinking about bringing bloomers back (but maybe the longer ones) because I love to wear dresses but running around after my kids on the playground makes it kind of impractical. Looking forward to trying these out!


Oh these are too cute! I’ve been wanting to make my own knickers. Thanks for sharing.


So, so cute. Thanks, Sarai! I know what I’ll be sewing this weekend!


Thank you for offering the pattern. Something new to try. I love it!


They are adorable! Thanks for sharing this pattern!


SO cute. Thanks for sharing this pattern!


Ooo! I’m definitely making these for myself.


I LOVE these!!!
And so will my hubby ;o)
Thanks for offering them for free!

amy k.

oh–so crazy cute!! thank you!


I made these yesterday afternoon, and they turned out great! I used a lightweight double knit that I had in my stash. They are super comfy with a flattering fit. The only alteration I made was to put elastic around the legs instead of ribbon because I didn’t have that much ribbon on hand (so I also eliminated the button holes). Thanks for a terrific pattern! I can’t even tell you how excited the hubs is…


awesome! I was hoping someone would try that out for me (elastic around the legs), I love the ribbon look and have quite a bit laying around but I lost my button hole attachment ages ago and still haven’t bought a new one :/ must get on to that…

Adelaide B

Thank you so much!


These are truly adorable. Thank you so much for this lovely pattern. I am definitely going to sew these!


Aack! I am so excited to make these. Thanks!

(Found you via angrychicken.)

Melissa Bankhead

Oh my GOSH!!!! Thank you for sharing. This is awesome!


Hello! I’d like to tell you that I have linked you in my blog.


These are dead cute, love ’em! Thanks for offering them as a freebie.


Thank you so much for the free pattern, and thanks to the Angry Chicken for informing not only about it, but also about all your wonderful patterns and online-ery via her blog. I’ve never made garments from patterns before (just skirts and other experiments) but yours inspire me so much. I instantly wanted to make a dress when I saw the patterns for the first time months ago. However, I’m on a long-term weight loss crusade which began last May and is currently in continuation. It’s the slow, healthy kind (for real!). Though it was hard to think of waiting, I came to the decision that when I reach my target weight, I’m going to make at least one of your dresses! It’s so exciting. It’s going to be the beautiful treat to myself after all my hard work. So, that’s a lot of blabbering, but, I just wanted to share my story. And mostly, say thank you. THANK YOU! I’m so grateful your work is out there in the world. It’s truly gorgeous and makes life better. Keep up the amazingness!!


These are fantastic! thank you for sharing, I’ve downloaded the pattern and hope to give a try really soon.

On an off topic note, any chance there are better pictures of the models hair? I love it! and I want to take a photo to my hairdresser. :D


Thanks so much for the free pattern! I have the Macaron dress pattern but have yet to try it. I made these bloomers over the weekend and am so in love with them! I blogged a review of the pattern, including photos of the final result, here:


These are so sweet! Thank you for sharing the pattern. I will be making a pair + matching cami just as soon as I find the right fabric :)


Besides the fact that I really like the look of those, as a man, I like to compliment the model as well ;)


J’adore : c’est si charmant!
merci pour le patron!

Jess to Impress

Luv these – can’t wait to try!


Crazy cute! Thanks so much for the pattern. I’m totally going to sew up a pair (or two).

Mlle Julie

Oh my! Have to have! Will sew some on my day off this week! Lovely! Cheers, Julie


I made a pair last night in red with white polka dots, and black ribbon. Totally Minnie Mouse inspired, I love them so much! I feel like I need about 6 more in different colours…

Thank you so much! I loved the instructions, they were so easy to follow for a sorta-beginner sewer like me. And I now feel confident enough to try a dress… mmm, now which pattern?!?


Absolutly gorgeus! amazing! i am loving them, and so tring it out too^^!


Thank you for posting this. These are so cute. I haven’t sewed much at all, but these make me want to try it.


I’ve tried downloading this a couple of times, but everytime i do it just says “this file is damaged and could not be fixed”


Try to download a new version of Adobe Reader.


Thanks for providing this fun, free pattern! I made a pair in a pastel floral, and love them!


Totally LOVE this pattern! Can’t wait to try it out.
Weird thing though I printed out the test square and it’s coming up at 3.75″ not 4″.
Just a fyi.


Heidi, I believe this might have to do with your printer or your settings. It should print out at the right size, 4 inches, if the document is printed at 100%. If it doesn’t, it’s best to figure out why your printer is reducing the size; otherwise, the pattern will print out smaller than intended!


Ok, I’ll check it out. Thanks


Figured it out, had to fix my ‘Page Scaling’
Pattern printed perfect. :)


Thanks for the pattern! I wear these almost every day now!


I love it – it’s look so good!


ooo la la! these are so dang cute! I can’t wait to bust out my machine this weekend and make a cute pair! Thanks for the pattern…


It is difficult to find nice patterns on the ‘net. Thanks for posting yours.


lovely tutorial! I have been meaning to try this for some time now, with this tute I’ll finally be able to make one ^^


Thanks for the pattern! I found you thru:


The download pattern is coming across as a damaged file and cannot be opened. Can you update the file? Thanks!


Celeste, you may need to update your version of Acrobat Reader if you are having this problem.

Martin Carter

Cant wait to have one of those it was so cute..thank you for this blog


hi is there any instructions on how to make these baby sized? like for a 12month old please?


Thanks so much. I wanted to sew one for my daughter. Thought I had to look for the pattern in the shop. You saved me the trip and the hassle. Thanks again.


YES! Thank you, thank you, thank you. These are gorgeous!


have you got a pattern of this for making toddler sized ones please?
these are so cute!

Gerri Rubloff

Very Nice website. I built mine and i was looking for some design ideas and your website gave me some. May i ask you whether you developed the website by youself?


LOVE! Just downloaded and I’m excited to sew some. I think hubby will approve!


Thank you, I been looking for this pattern for a year , will try to make it for sure, hope to send you the result :))

Carrie at In the Hammock Vintage

I absolutely love these! Thank you so much for the pattern!


terminer le bloomer par des elastiques, c’est exactement ce que j’aimerais cependant je ne comprend pas du tout comment realiser la finition de taille et des cuisses.
quelqu’un pourrait il m’expliquer?merci


je ne comprend pas comment on realise l ‘elastiquage de la taille quelqu’un pourrait m’expliquer?


very cute, but just one criticism – 33 inch bust and 25 inch waist is not a size 0! that’s an inch too big on the waist and 1-3 inches too big on the bust. i’d love to use your patterns, but they’re too big.


so alter it–alterine is SUPER easy, especially to make something smaller.


You also have to remember that pattern sizes are a lot different than the sizes we buy at the store. Just because you wear a 0 from the mall doesn’t mean it is a zero in patterns. :)


I’m sorry but I can’t understand how do I have to do waistband.


did you found out how to make the waistband??


I just finished them. They’re so cute! I used a blue calico I had on hand. Left off the bows since I didn’t have ribbon and just put elastic around the leg openings. I will alter the waistband for the next one; I made the first hem too big so there isn’t enough cover on my rump. Wont be wearing them outside so it isn’t an issue.

Thank you for the pattern. I’ve decided to put together a Steampuk outfit and these are the perfect undies.


So glad you like them!


please, I don’t understand how to make the waistband :(


Alma, please try posting in our forum with the specific problem you’re having and perhaps someone can help you?

Pat nerren

As I was growing up in the south my grandmother called bloomers or panties “step ins “. This is a great example. I have friends that still call them that as I still do.

Cindy Ericsson

Thank you! Printing the pattern for these out to go with the Sorbetto top, as you suggested. Can’t wait to have some new cute pjs!

faye doll

LOVE THESE!!! SOoooo many different ways to fancy them up or down! i did only one row of elastic at a 1.5” hem, and they are great! whipped these babies up in an evening.

Diane Keane

Help!! I am unable yo download the bloomer pattern. Any suggestions?


Hi Diane, can you tell us what exactly is happening? Have you tried from another computer?

Diane Keane

The pattern will not show up on the screen. I do not have another


Shared with my facebook fan page to show these off AND remind me to make them later!!! :)

Thank you SO Much!!/pages/lostsentiments/191302995028

Sarah G.

When I click on the download button it keeps saying “404 Not Found”. AAAAH! I’m desperate to make these they are soooo cute!!!! Any thoughts? I just updated my Adobe! Help!


Sarah, the pattern went down for a few hours when we updated our website, but it should be working now!


What material is used to make the bloomers in the picture?


I think it was a silk habotai (in pale pink).


Would using linen work for these?


Love these. Since I don’t wear trousers, out of desperation I’ve made myself some knee length bloomer out of flannel, with lace trim around the knees. You wouldn’t believe how warm and toasty they were in the wintertime at 7000 ft elevation with 3 ft of snow on the ground! Actually warmer than pants.


my god these are to cute i will todoy make these when i get my printer


Thanks so much for making this pattern free. I’ve been making stuff up from your book and loving the detailed instructions. Do you happen to have this file untiled? I have a really good copy shop nearby that prints on extended ream paper I find it easier to have the whole pattern on one sheet rather than printing out 6 pages and taping/gluing them together I always make a mess of sticking things together like that..

Kate C

I found you on, and I’m glad I did! This is adorable! Definitely downloading for later sewing, and coming back to read more! You have great branding.


These bloomers are adorable! I would like to make them in sizes for babies 0 to 18 months. Would have a pattern sized for babies or any suggeston in how to make the pattern smaller?

Thanks Much!


Soooo cute! I made a pair of high-waisted bloomers using a vintage pattern I picked up on ebay, and added my own lace and ribbon detailing. I’ve also made 30s-era side-button tap panties using vintage patterns. They looked just like something Carole Lombard or Ginger Rogers would have worn. My husband, who is a classic movie buff, loves me in vintage lingerie, and I’m happy to oblige by sewing what he likes. It adds so much more glamour than the modern panties which are boring by comparison. I won’t even mention the dreaded butt floss some call lingerie.


I have just found the bloomers, , my students have been going nuts over.
I try to teach kids after school to see and quilt. As a volunteer I a,
always looking for patterns and inspiration. Two ?
1. Can the I adjust the location of the waist on the bloomers just VHS.
lengthimg the Patten?.
2. Where can I buy your book own. Budget? :) please.

Samantha Anderson

I tried making these over the weekend. It was a miserable fail. They were too long in the leg and too short in the waist. I have a slight “pooch” and they hit way too low. The waistband was difficult and the elastic wouldn’t thread properly. I am going to try again and alter the pattern to hit higher. I like the idea but if you have a “pooch” not gonna be attractive!


Bloomers are a nice alternative to briefs or tap panties. They are easy to make and are very comfortable to wear, particularly under dresses or skirts, or just by themselves when lounging around the house. Adding ribbon detailing or lace trim around the legs makes them very feminine. You can do cuff or band legs. Both look sweet. I’ve made them in both cotton and satin.


You let me put a picture of your bloomers in my blog ( with a link to yours? I’m doing a post on bloomers and I love yours ..
Could do it?



Ashleigh Jeanne

How FANTASTIC these are! I’m currently shopping for Halloween costumes, and at 5’11” barefoot, I’m finding everything to be ass-cheek short. These will be the perfect compliment under any skirted costume. And bless you for offering this pattern for FREE!!!


Debi B



it is very beautful.


I think this tutorial great ideas, lovely.


I just finished these shorts this morning and they turned out so fabulously cute. I happen to have quite the tooshie and I was so pleased that your sizing was pretty accurate and the pattern flattered even my toosh. Thanks for the great pattern. I think its time to go get some more fabric and stock up while I’m feeling confident with this pattern. I might even try and alter it a little to make some nice summer shorts!


Thank you ! Very nice pattern !!!


I love these! They look so adorbale



I just love this pattern, I made thease for my daghter when she was a little girl. She is now 52.

Thank you


I absolutely love these but I know that I will not be able to make these. I am just horrible at sewing, do you have an Etsy shop or do custom orders? I would love to order one of these in my size!


My daughter found this pattern on the internet and she loved them. I have 5 daughters and didn’t get any made for valentines, but I have made several to send out for Easter. Thanks for sharing the pattern. They love them!


Too cute. Thank you so much

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