Going tropo

Last year I tested the Tropo camisole designed by Erin now rebranded as Tuesday Stitches.

This Tropo camisole is Erin’s latest pattern.

This top has a few versions available that you should have a look at.

My test version was this red version.  I used bra strapping and bra notions for all the Tropos I made.

I made two tops and two dresses from this pattern because it’s so quick to make, even when using bra notions.

The internal bra makes this a handy cami pattern.

By the way, the green skirt above is a test version of Susan Khalje’s skirt pattern.

The bra notions helps fit this better depending on your style and body type. The bra shelf make this easy to wear confidently.
I’m still working on the best length of this top.

Finally I have a strappy knit dress with support for Summer.

When I was cutting out this as a dress, the fabric print needed some thought.

Here’s the dress version in the plaid lycra.

The front and back patterns pieces are the same so the image above shows how I tried to match the stripes while I was cutting the dress out.

This version has a wider skirt section cut out.

So the back looks a better fit.

Erin’s instructions for this pattern were clear and easy to follow. I only used the instructions at the start because I used bra making techniques for all of these versions that I made.

All of these cami versions have been great to wear for Summer and our current hot Autumn weather.

All of these fabrics, elastics and bra notions were purchased from Pitt Trading.

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Lacewear was the best title for this month’s Minerva Crafts post as I’ve used pink light stretch knit lining and lace for Burda 7186 lingerie pattern.

These pieces are functional and pretty. 
Slips make me feel more comfortable when I wear these under knit dresses. There’s less ‘cling’.

This cami set is a replacement for my summer sleepwear. Gone are the daggy shorts and worn out tee.

Minerva Crafts has a big range of these knit linings so when I put my order in, Vicki kindly matched the lace to this pink for me. The main lace criteria was a 10 cm wide lace. This lace is slightly wider, so I was really happy with Vicki’s choice.

Uhm…I forgot to order the strap notions so I dived into my bra stash for these. I know Minerva Crafts stock these bra notions so I need to remember to read my patterns better to check what notions I need. They do have premade bra straps.

Pattern adjustments

These were minimal. I made the slip first and chose size 12.

As I had recently made a basic slip, I checked the patterns to the finished slip and shortened it by 18cm.

I made the cami set next so I chose size 14 for a loose fit. Not too loose but enough that I wouldn’t feel restricted. 

I added 2cm to the length of the centre back seam for my ‘caboose’.

Added swimwear elastic

On the slip, I added swimwear elastic across the top back panel for a firmer fit.

For the cami set, I added swimwear elastic across the top of the front and back panel. I’m still thinking about added elastic across the bottom of these top panels too.

Sewing lace

While the average person wouldn’t think about sewing lace, I kept taking photos of the sewing process because I sometimes think sewing lace is difficult.  

The photo above show the preparation of the front bodice.
Sewing the darts and finishing off the armhole was simply straight stitching.

Once I had sewn on the lace, this slip was starting to really look good.

Here’s a close up of the finished slip bodice.

Here’s a close up of the finished lace hem.

The result was sensational to me.

Knit lining

While this knit has minimal stretch but it still has some stretch. I used a stretch 90/14 machine needle to sew this fabric and mainly used a straight stitch.

I used a fine zigzag stitch to sew on the lace. Above is the a closer look at trimming back the base fabric to show the lace.

Strap construction
Burda suggests you construct the two parts of the straps separately, so I did for the slip. 

Below shows how I’ve moved the needle to the right to sew up the straps.

By the time I started working on the cami, I cut out one piece of fabric instead of two.

It’s so much easier sewing up a long ‘strap’ and then cutting it to size.

Here’s a closer photo.

I can safely say this pattern was worth getting to make these basic lingerie sets.

Sewing these basics didn’t take too much time and I can tell you this pattern will be used again.

While I forgot to order the bra strap notions, I actually got the lace order right.

Thanks for this lovely lacewear Minerva Crafts.

Jungle cami – Butterick 4989

There were still more jungle print remnants in my fabric stash. +TJ, the ‘tiger print’ you mentioned is still in the fabric pile.

So Butterick 4989 has a camisole pattern for wovens that I used for this blue print. I intend to wear this jungle cami under a top and not as the feature piece.

My lion knit dress took a bit of guts to wear on the weekend. So this piece will be a hint of jungle when I need to wear a cami. I’ve positioned the straps closer to the centre back so the straps don’t slip off my shoulders. The straps are 5cm shorter than the pattern piece.

I’ve made the small, with tiny french seams and tiny hems. I’ve shortened the bust darts by 2.5cm. The blue trim was in my stash. This took cami about 2 hours to cut and sew.
The fit is good so I think this cami could easily be extended to above knee length for a slip. Again this was a remnant rayon woven from Pitt Trading and I think this is a Cue remnant.
I was very chuffed when Anne of Pretty Grievances referred to my jungle sewing as Meryl Streep this week. I’m loving this challenge.
Below is the same cami cut on the bias using a cotton voile.
The fit is the same but it feels more relaxed to me.
Someone’s table is missing a table runner ’cause I restyled it into this cami.
I couldn’t resist the hand painting on the silk and the lovely cotton border.
I bought this table runner at Vinnies near The Fabric Store in Sydney. I’ve got enough left to use some in a blouse. Now to figure out how to work these into my work and weekend wear.
Where’s Velo?
Yesterday I was mentioned on Pretty Grievances for Jungle January, The Sewing Space for her debut pattern (Yalta) with our fellow pattern testers and Vacuuming the lawn – Kyle has boundless enthusiasm for sewing. Thank you all for doing this. I love to sew and I’m glad I could contribute to your blogs.