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!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! One of the very special parts of the season is the bounty of sweet goodness like candy canes and peppermint swirls. We used these sweet treats as the inspiration for our December Kits of the Month, and our Featured Artist Nadine made a darling set! She used the bright red Candy Cane lace with her Frost base fabrics and popped it with Crimson elastics. Crimson is one of those colors that only comes out every once in a while. It's gorgeous, but a whole lot of work! It's coming out to play with the elastics on the Candy Cane version of this kit. The lace itself reminds me of a Missoni knit, with those dramatic peaks and valleys. The edges of the lace are just as cute, with white diamonds superimposed on a red field. Nadine used the lace on a riff of the Jessica Bra by B,Wear, but you can use this lace in a similar way on your Willowdale. The front of the bra is an homage to straps, with 3 straps on each side crisscrossing across the chest. Her undies are the Tuesday Boyshorts from Emerald Erin. Take a look at how darling the back of these undies are! Oh so cute!
The Peppermint Swirl variation of this kit is more subtle, with a sweet row of red and pink "Swirls" across the edge. A special element of this lace is the subtle texture you'll get when you overlay the white part of the lace over your white fabric. It looks like a high-end jacquard when you put them together. The red in this lace is a bit less saturated than the Candy Cane lace, so we're using Flame as the accent for this one. You can also pick up the pink with Dahlia. Both of these laces are stretch laces, so you can place them over your entire bra, including the band! If I were using this lace for my Willowdale, I might get all fussy and place the red band of the Candy Cane lace right across the bra in a stripe, just like Nadine did. For the Peppermint Swirl, I would use the swirls across the upper cup and cover the entire bra with the white part of the lace. Then I would add a row of the swirls on the back band either right under the arm or at the hook and eye. It would be darling! That's what we've put together in the Willowdale model, to give you an idea how Peppermint Swirl makes up.
And if these sweet laces weren't enough on their own- we've found the most adorable Candy Cane and Candle Charms! All the extras to really make this kit your own.
Just in case you're a real sucker for Christmas like I am, we have 2 prints that both look amazing with these darling bras- Winter Songbirds and Spirit of the Season. Can you say family Christmas undies??
Our Willowdale Help Page contains all the info about selecting your kit size, your options, fabrics and lace. Its a great place to begin if you are newer to bra sewing or new to the Willowdale pattern- or both!
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!
|Strap, Upper Band Elastic, Lower Band Elastic||Accent Choice|
|Hook and Eye||Matches Band|
The Christmas Candy Willowdale Bra Kit contains:
|Cup Fabric - Super Simplex or Tricot||Fat 3/8 yard||Fat 1/2 yard|
|-or- Bra Tulle||3/4 yard||1 yard|
|Lining Fabric for Super Simplex- Sheer Cup Lining||Fat Quarter||1/2 yard|
Stretch Lace for upper cup - Candy Cane (9") or Peppermint Swirl (9.25")
|-or- Lace for full lace - Candy Cane or Peppermint Swirl||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- 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||
|Add-on a Matching Panty Kit||Smaller||Larger|
|Matching Fabric (Microlycra, Microlycra Air, Stretch Mesh)||Fat 3/8 yard||
|Foldover Elastic||2 1/2 yards||
|Stretch Lace - Candy Cane or Peppermint Swirl||choice||
|Red and White Tab Piping Trim||1 yard||1 yard|
|Cotton Jersey||9" square||
If you plan to make your matching panty with the Cashmerette Radcliffe, a smaller kit will use 1/2 yard and a larger kit will use 3/4 yard. Both versions of this kit have Frost for all the fabrics and will pop an accent color with the elastics.
As always, feel free to choose your favorite elastics or narrow lace (leave us a note if you don't see your choice!). You can also add a 9" square of absorbent fabric for your panty panel! You can find our collection of Waist Lace and Elastics here, and our collection of Leg Lace here