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Berry Beautiful Willowdale Bra Kit
Berry Beautiful Willowdale Bra Kit
Berry Beautiful Willowdale Bra Kit
Berry Beautiful Willowdale Bra Kit

Berry Beautiful Willowdale Bra Kit

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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! 

This color knocked our socks off when we created it, and we had to turn it into one of our seasonal colors, Boysenberry. The color is rich and true, a really beautiful jewel of a jewel tone. When we put it with our beautiful Plum stretch lace, we saw a little bit of magic. The colors work together beautifully, with the Boysenberry creating the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous stretch lace. It has an absolutely lovely two-toned effect created by the interplay of the matte background with luminous highlights. This plum is so alive that you'll feel a boost of confidence just know it's underneath! 

While the bra in the photos was not sewn with the Willowdale pattern, we've included it because it gives you an idea of how Plum Lace will look on your Willowdale. Its a great lace for this purpose because the floral motif is allover.

You may need to make yourself a pair of matching undies! The standard smaller panty kit contains your choice of matching lace yardage, a fat 3/8 of your choice of Microlycra, Microlycra Air or Stretch Mesh fabric, along with 2 1/2 yards of foldover elastic for the waist and leg openings, and a 9" square of cotton jersey. The standard larger kit contains your choice of matching lace yardage, 3/4 yard of your choice fabric, 5 yards of foldover elastic and a 9" square of cotton jersey. You can choose your waistband and leg elastic, if you'd prefer something different. You can also double your elastics if you would like more elastic to work with. If you'd like stretch lace for your waist and/or leg openings, or if you'd prefer strap elastic, just leave us a note in the comments! We love to customize your kit to make sure you smile when you open up your kit!

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 on the Super Simplex listing 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.

We are offering this kit with Super Simplex or Tricot as your base fabric choices. Super Simplex which is a delightful fabric and I find it is a bit more substantial, so this is my preference for the Willowdale. It's easy to sew and has a lovely hand feeling. One of the benefits of the Tricot is that the fabric is 104" wide! When you get your kit in Tricot, you automatically have enough fabric to line your bra with the Tricot without needing to add a lining fabric. Or for a little bit more you can add a Sheer Cup Lining for a little extra stability. For the Super Simplex, you will need to add a lining fabric. You can add Sheer Cup Lining for more support or Tricot for a smoother feeling inside the bra. The trade off is in ease of fit. Because there is more give in the Tricot, you don't have to be as precise in the fit. I find the Sheer Cup Lining a bit easier to sew. The standard offering is Sheer Cup Lining -- the Tricot is available as an option for a bit more cost.

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.

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 Berry Beautiful Willowdale Bra Kit contains:

Smaller  Larger
Cup Fabric - Super Simplex or Tricot Fat 3/8 yard Fat 1/2 yard

Lining Fabric for Super Simplex - Sheer Cup Lining

Fat Quarter

1/2 yard

-or- Lining for Tricot (self lined)

Plum Stretch Lace for upper cup

1 yard

1 yard

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- 3/8" 1 1/2 yard 1 1/2 yard
Lower Bra Band Elastic- 1/2" or 5/8" 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