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 Summertime Willowdale features our stretch mesh lace, Summertime. Having a stretch lace with an embroidered motif is something special, and we're delighted to be able to share this with you! Our Featured Artist Liz made up this Willowdale with our Summertime kit, and chose Fern as her accent color. She placed the lace on the upper cup as normal, but then she matched the pattern along the seam and overlaid the lace over the lower portion of the bra cup and gathered it along the bottom, a perfect option if you've got a gorgeous lace you want to showcase. You can also dart the lace along the bottom edge and achieve the same uninterrupted pattern without the gathers. I like the gathers with this feminine lace. Summertime coordinates with Ariel, Glacier, Fern, Rosy Glow and Limeade. We're providing a generous amount of lace so that you can make up your bra with beautiful strategic lace placements. I think it would be lovely along the power bar, with the lace edge facing toward the center of the cup.
You can also make a darling pair of matching undies! Liz made the It's not Me, It's You undies from The Lingerie Formula. Here's where you can find that 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.
Super Simplex which is a delightful fabric and I find it is a bit more substantial than many options available out there, so it's my preference for the Willowdale. It's easy to sew and has a lovely hand feeling. Sheer Cup Lining is an excellent choice for the lining of this bra.
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 Summertime Willowdale Bra Kit contains:
|Cup Fabric - Super Simplex||Fat 3/8 yard||Fat 1/2 yard|
Lining Fabric- Sheer Cup Lining
Summertime Stretch Lace
|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|