Susan recently released her new Emma racer back bralette and slip.
Did you see the dark moody floral version she made?
She’s developed this style because traditional straps on nightwear and slips just don’t work for her shoulder shape. Racer back tops are really supportive for gymwear so I wanted to road test this pattern out.
The slip I made was such a game changer for me. The straps are so supportive. The upper bust holds to me firmly. The skirt on the slip lends itself to applying all sorts of gorgeous knit lace.
I was able to use up bra elastic, bra notions and black tricot that I had in my stash.
There are also lace remnants used to on the bra cups.
The lace on the hem was bought last week.
Susan’s a friend and she gave me this pattern to test. Yes I admire her work and ability to develop patterns that are different and useful.
It’s Winter here and I tend to wear slips to stop knit dresses from ‘sticking’ to me.
Now for the bralette.
This is the first version I made and I had a ball making it.
I’m not the ideal candidate for a bralette but my amazing, youngest niece (all the nieces and nephews are amazing) was thrilled to have a bralette made by her aunty. Yay me!
It’s not often I sew for others so I did a bit of research and asked her Mum what colours to use. I had thoughts of florals, gorgeous lace, all sorts of ideas.
Thankfully she’s an urban kid at heart so black and grey were what she wanted. This set kept me using my lingerie stash.
Ok, I bought the grey fabric but the rest is all from my stash.
The instructions for both the slip and the bralette are helpful and complete.
That meant I could follow them easily in between bouts of housework over the weekend.
The bottoms are made using View B from McCalls 5651.
The bottoms took a bit of time to work out because the McCalls pattern doesn’t use elastic on the legs, so I had to work out the elastic lengths I needed.
Above is View A and View B in lace remnants for me and not young Miss. The lining in these views is too short and also not as wide as the front pants.
So I think I’ll give Susan’s Emma racerback pattern lots of thumbs up.
Those Prym sewing notions need to be used so I have plenty of lingerie projects ahead.