Underneath it all…

Its really cold! I’m huddled on the couch, watching a torrential bombardment of hail out the window. Hope it stops before I have to walk to the bus stop tomorrow morning…
Happily, this week I’ve made myself some extra layers to get me through the rest of winter!


This is the first non-indie pattern I’ve sewn for ages, though it is one of Gertie’s (from Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing) so maybe it can be counted as a partially indie pattern! I like to wear a camisole at work, as scrubs tend to be a bit breezy, and I thought some merino ones would be nice. I decided to make a trial version up in some soft cotton jersey I had in my stash first, incase it didn’t fit or wasn’t comfortable.


Yes, its dotty! But its going under clothes, so I figure it doesn’t count…
(The bandaid is from my accidental attempt to cut the top of my finger off with a bread knife. Who knew bread knives could be so sharp?)


I did the majority of the sewing on my machine, using a zig zag stitch. This is how the lace needed to be attatched, and I was feeling too lazy to be switching between machines all the time! The camisole came together pretty easily, though the front half ended up a good inch longer than the back half! I don’t know if that was a mistake on my part or not, I suspect it probably was…


I used proper bra strapping and rings/sliders, which looks nice and professional, but I don’t think I’ll bother next time! I’ll just use a fixed length of bra strapping or the stretch lace. I probably won’t put the stretch of lace under the bust either, I’ll just sew the body to the bust pieces. I was astonished how difficult it was to find 1.5″ lace elastic in Wellington, even when I did track it down it was only in black, red or a dodgy puce colour. I may need to turn to the internet for my next versions!


I had a bit of fabric left over, so I thought I might as well have a crack at making a pair of matching knickers too! Sadly I didn’t have enough of the wide lace to trim the top of them, but i had enough of the knicker elastic I used along the top back seam of the camisole. I haven’t tried them on yet, I thought it was a bad idea to wear them to work incase they’re uncomfortable! If they fit and are wearable though, I’ll never waste money on a pair of plain cotton knickers again…its daylight robbery!


I’d love to have a crack at making a bra one day as well, I saw on the Sewaholic blog that Tasia was talking about maybe one day releasing a bra pattern, which would be awesome! I think I would need the hand-holding that you get with an indie pattern to feel brave enough to attempt it…

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