Those who've been garment sewing know the name Cashmerette! Specializing in sewing for curves, Cashmerette has now expanded their sewing line of patterns to include a wider ranges of sizes and most recently, LINGERIE! We are offering kits for their newest pattern, the Willowdale, and we couldn't be more excited!
The Willowdale bra pattern is sized from a 28C to a 54J, so there are lots of size options! We've created 2 kit sizes, a Smaller and a Larger. The Smaller works for up to about a size 14 wire, and the larger goes up to the size 54J. The pattern has options which vary based upon a number of different factors including bra band size (for hook and eye), the band/cup intersection (for lower band size) and wire size (for strap). If you're new to bra sewing this might be a bit tricky, so we're offering a couple of helpful things. If you provide your under bust and full bust measurements we'll take our best guess at what you need. If you know what you need, you can just order it exactly like you need it. We're even offering an option for us to include both options if you're near the cutoffs and you want to make sure that you have the correct materials.
This is a summary of what the pattern is recommending:
|Band size (same as underbust)||28 - 44||3 hook and eye|
|Band size||46-54||4 hook and eye|
|Cup size||C - E for 3 hook and eye||1/2" lower band|
|Cup size||F - J and all 4 hook and eye||5/8" lower band|
|Wire size||32 - 38||1/2" strap|
|Wire size||40 - 54||3/4" strap|
For your reference, the bra in blue is a 40G and is the largest size for the Smaller kit. It uses a 4 hook and eye, a 5/8" lower band elastic and a 3/4" strap.
One of the best thing about Bra Builders is our range of colors. In this kit you can choose your color and your lace and make your bra just like you envision it. If you choose one of our dye to match laces, we'll dye it up with your fabrics and it will all match. You can also choose one of our other stretch laces and pick a coordinating color. If you want us to make your lace choice for you, just let us know and we'll pick something out. This listing is for our Super Simplex, which is a delightful fabric. I find that the Super Simplex is a bit more substantial, so this is my preference for the Willowdale. It's easy to sew and has a lovely hand feeling.
With the Super Simplex, you will need to add a lining fabric, and we've chosen our Sheer Cup Lining for a lovely sewablility and a bit more support.
The pattern calls for regular power net, but we know some of our bra builders prefer a firmer stretch, so we are offering that as an option for you.
There are also 2 options for lace on this kit. The simple version of the bra is with a lace upper cup, which is the standard offering. You can also upgrade to a full lace bra, which will give you lace to cover the entire bra. You'll need a minimum of 6" in width for the lace upper cup, and at least a minimum of 8" in width for the full lace bra.
The Willowdale Pattern is available here from the Cashmerette website. The size chart is here, and the fitting guide is here. Don't forget to take advantage of your coupon code for the Willowdale Pattern!
The Willowdale Bra Kit contains:
|Cup Fabric - Super Simplex||Fat 3/8 yard||Fat 1/2 yard|
|Cup Lining Fabric||Fat Quarter||1/2 yard|
|Stretch Lace - Lace Upper Cup -or-||1 yard||1 yard|
|Stretch Lace - Full lace covering||4 yards||4 yards|
|Regular Power Net||14" x 28"||14" x 28"|
|Plush Channeling||1 yard||1 1/4 yards|
|Underwires||1 pair||1 pair|
|Upper Bra Band Elastic||1 1/2 yard||1 1/2 yard|
|Lower Bra Band Elastic||1 1/4 yards||1 1/4 yards|
|Strap Elastic (1/2" or 3/4")||1 1/2 yards||1 1/2 yards|
|Rings and Slides||1 set||1 set|
|Hook and Eye||3 or 4 hooks||4 hooks|