Please note that if any of our bamboo knit kits are showing "sold out", please reach out to us by email and we will see if we can put one together for you! Our Kits take the guesswork out of lingerie building by putting together everything you'll need to make beautiful lingerie using your own pattern. If you need a pattern, we have a great selection on our Patterns Page, both paper and downloadable.
April showers do bring May flowers! This gorgeous new bamboo jersey floral print is a perfect way to welcome in the Spring. These exquisite, pink magnolia flowers have a lovely, translucent quality that is almost ethereal as they wind their way throughout this soft and dreamy bamboo jersey print. Repeating vertical lines of flowers, leaves and berries are reminiscent of garlands and ribbons wound about the traditional maypole by maypole dancers to welcome the Spring. To show off this Maypole kit, Liz of Liz Sews created this darling bralette, using the Lexington pattern from Orange Lingerie. As accent color choices for the elastics in this kit, we are offering our standard Frost, our brand new Spring color, Azalea, and the ever-so-popular Fern, brought back for Spring from our Legacy collection.
This kit is offered with our luxurious Maypole bamboo jersey print. This fabric is soft and stretchy, and for more support you'll want to use some sort of a base fabric layer to add support on the back band, which is what the Power Net is in the kit to do. This is a fabric that can be used for that extra something that these fabrics will give unless your support level is very light. Sometimes you still want a little more and for that we offer the option to add a kit cut of Spacer Foam in Frost or Midnight.
Spacer foam is about 1/16" thick, is lightweight but substantial, breathable, and has a 4-way stretch. It is a different fabric than a cut and sew foam, which is thicker and primarily suitable for a lining only. For support, you would use it like any Lycra fabric, cutting it so that there is a little bit of negative ease. I remove the seam allowances within the cup and butt the seams together. Then I sew them together with a 3-step zigzag, running a piece of tissue paper under the fabric while I sew so that it doesn't creep on me. I keep the seam allowances on the band side and sew it into the band just like I would any other fabric.
For the upper band of your bralette you may choose either 3/8" picot elastic or regular foldover elastic. For the lower band your choices are either 1/2" or 5/8" picot elastic. For reference, the Watson bralette uses picot elastic and the Sweet Sixteen bralette uses foldover elastic.
A Maypole Bralette Kit contains:
- 1/2 yard Maypole Bamboo Jersey print
- A kit cut of Sheer Tricot in Frost or Midnight
- A kit cut of Regular Power Net in Frost or Midnight
- 1-1/2 yards of 3/8" picot elastic or regular foldover elastic for the upper band of the bralette in your accent color
- 1-1/4 yards of 1/2" or 5/8" picot elastic for the bottom band in your color
- 1 1/2 yards 1/2" Strap elastic plus a set of Rings and Slides in your color.
- A set of Hook and Eyes in your color
Other Maypole kits include our Maypole Bamboo Jersey Bra Kit, Maypole Bamboo Jersey Panty Kit, or get an all in one Maypole Bralette and Panty Kit.