|The Pattern: Colette Pattern's Nutmeg: Bralette and French knickers.|
Sizing: Okay, first let me say that I had NO IDEA that this pattern was actually bra-sized until I went to cut it out! I was so excited to see something than small, medium, large (which is what I was expecting). For the top, I cut a 30DDD. The bottoms were kind of my own mad-sewintist type creation. I really wanted the little hearts to be on the hemline of the bottoms, but the pattern is supposed to be cut on the bias, so I cut a much larger size than I would have if they had been cut out properly. Long story short: the bottoms are a size 6 with stretch lace panels on either side.
Fabric: Because I did not cut this on the bias, I was able to make both the bralette and the shorts out of 1 yard of embroidered cotton. I also used 1/2 yard of stretch lace, a yard of floral trim, and a couple of yards of picot-edge elastic.
Instructions: As always with a Colette Pattern, the instructions were amazing. I was really nervous about sewing up a "bra" (however loosely that term can be applied here), but the instructions made it a piece of cake. The bottoms were a quick, easy sew. I definitely learned a lot in this make!
What I love most: The fabric. Pink, polka-dotted, and hearted! Does it get any better? Not in my world. The ribbon I used also has a pretty floral print woven in, which I love.
What I would do differently next time: Ummmm everything? Ha. I'll start with the bottoms here. They really should be cut on the bias, and I'm sure cutting them that way would seriously affect the fit. As they are, they kind of fit me like men's boxer shorts, which is great, but not exactly what I was going for here. Even with the bias cut, I would definitely shorten them a couple of inches. The bralette is just weird on me. I'm pretty sure that my chest just doesn't want to go into something so unsupportive, but I'm not sure how this could work on anyone with a large chest. The ties in the back are on the same line (on my body at least) as my bust point, so when I pull them tight, I get a weird flattened out bit on my chest. If I don't pull them tight, I get fabric pooling around the sides and the bottom.
Pattern alterations: I didn't cut the knickers on the bias, and added lace panels to the sides.
Recommended? This set is just so pretty, and I think it would be great on someone with a smaller chest. If you have a large chest, I'd say no to the bralette, but yes if you're looking for a cozy pair of pajama bottoms! Be forewarned that these fit much more like shorts than "knickers," but if that's what you're in the market for, I say go for it!
Final Thoughts: I would love to make these up again in silk; they really are perfect for wearing to bed in the summer! The bralette and I probably won't meet again...
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