Here’s my second go at that bralette that caused so much woe.
This time I used a thicker cotton jersey in a peach color and repurposed the hardware. It’s getting much better, though I still think there are tweaks I’d make if I do make it again. I think I need a bit more fullness in the cup, I’d probably slightly adjust the neckline curve, and maybe play around with the three-step zigzag a little more. I felt the zigzag tended to stretch out the elastic and fabric, for some reason.
I believe in having more than one pair of matching bottoms to go with each bra you own, if you’re into the whole matchy-matchy thing. Which I am. So I made two for this set. The panties were made from Kwik Sew 2100, but next time I’ll just draft my own. I added a bit of venise lace that I had in my stash to those.
I also tea-stained the venise lace, as well as the back clasp on the bra. Both were bright white, whereas my picot elastic was cream. It’s hard to tell here, but the tea stain worked perfectly!
I also wanted some cute tap pants, so I dug out my Nutmeg pattern. Of course, Nutmeg is not designed for knits, so I did have to fiddle around with it quite a lot. I think I ended up cutting a size 0 at the side seams, but could have gone even smaller.
I was inspired by the lace inset tutorial Rachel did for Nutmeg a while back, so I did my own variation with vintage lace. It was really easy. I just used a satin stitch to create some triangle-shaped appliques out of a wide band of lace, cut them out, zigzagged them onto the edge, then trimmed away the knit fabric beneath.
Do you like sewing with knits? I have to admit, I’ve always found it a bit of a pain. The fabric inserts so many extra variables, and that can be frustrating. But I do love wearing them!