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!
What a beautiful vision of monochromatic loveliness! This ensemble (shown for reference-created using another pattern) is shown in full color, but it looks like grayscale with the many shades of gray! The lace motifs are oh-so-elegant. The center is solid, and has subtle rose forms woven into the fabric. The pearl gray edges are magnificent! It is hard to describe the elegant cross-hatching and flowers and swirls that also enter into the darker gray field in a sort of a crest. The overall look is rich, elegant, subtle and tasteful. We are offering this kit in our luxe Smoke Stretch Silk Satin Smoke with Sheer Cup Lining or Super Simplex with Sheer Cup Lining. Paired with perfectly matching elastics and band fabric, we present your Shades of Gray Bra.
The Willowdale pattern relies on fabric which stretches a bit and then stops -- which is perfect for both our Super Simplex cup fabric, our 50 denier Tricot or for our lovely Stretch Silk Satin. Yes you can have a gorgeous silk bra without breaking the bank! And this one is soooo beautiful!
Update: As our Shades of Gray Lace stock is running low, the matching panty kit will not include lace. You might want a matching pair of panties to go with your Shades of Gray Bra, so we've created the option to add on a panty kit! The standard smaller panty kit contains 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" x 9" square of cotton jersey. The standard larger kit contains, 3/4 yard of your choice fabric, 5 yards of foldover elastic and a 9" x 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 3 base fabrics for this kit. The first is our luxe Stretch Silk Satin, available in Smoke. A dream to sew, and clothing glides right over it. We've paired our Stretch Silk Satin with Sheer Cup Lining. Next is for our Super Simplex, which is a delightful fabric. I find that the Super Simplex is a bit more substantial than many options out there, 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're offering Sheer Cup Lining or Tricot. Sheer Cup (standard) lining has a lovely sewablility and a bit more support while Tricot lining (add on) offers more ease and a smooth inner feel. Our third option is our lovely 50 denier Tricot- less translucent but not heavier than lower denier tricots out there. Since our tricot is 104" wide, the standard tricot kit will allow you to self-line your Willowdale. This provives a nice, smooth inner surface and more ease in fit. Or we're offering the option to add on Sheer Cup Lining to line your Tricot Willowdale. This option offers a bit more support if you prefer.
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 Truly Taupe Willowdale Bra Kit contains:
|Cup Fabric - Super Simplex or Tricot||Fat 3/8 yard||Fat 1/2 yard|
|-or- Stretch Silk Satin||3/4 yard||1 yard|
|Lining Fabric for Super Simplex or Silk- Sheer Cup Lining||Fat Quarter||1/2 yard|
|Stretch Lace for upper cup||yards||1 yards|
|-or- Stretch Lace for full lace||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|