New Pattern Collection

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I started working on these patterns right after I had Isabel. At first, things were easy... Izzy slept so much. Then she discovered the world and decided she never wanted to sleep again... But, with a whole lot of trial and error, lots and lots of patience, sticking to a routine, and a really good babysitter, I have finally accomplished something!

I wanted to create a collection of lingerie that could double as lounge wear. Comfortable, versatile pieces that are easy to sew. I wanted to take some vintage pieces, like '20's style tap pants and cami-knicker combo's, but modernize them. So, here they are! I hope you like them as much as I do!

The Alice Knickers are my take on 1920's style tap pants.  They have a modern low rise, and semi-circular cut which gives them a soft fluttery look.

I have a small collection of vintage slips. I've written about my love of slips before... they are so great to wear to bed. They are comfy but also so pretty. I've designed the Clementine Slip to be tight fitting, with just a little support under the bust.

The Eloise Shorts are perfect for wearing to bed. They are super short and have a low rise. I'm a lady with a bit of a tummy and like low rise garments because it doesn't cut into my new mom soft belly. The shorts have a flat front, but elastic at the back.

I posted a picture of the Emma Romper on Instagram months ago and had so many people asking me for this pattern! It took forever, but here it is. I've already posted a tutorial on how to sew it with a cinched waist.

The Hannah Chemise is one of my favorites. I came up with this style soon after I had Isabel and was still sporting a pretty significant belly. The soft gathers at the waist are so forgiving. The banding around the top allows you to experiment with different fabric combinations!

The Ivy Lace Panties are designed specifically for use with Scalloped Stretch Lace. I recommend using 8-9" wide stretch lace. I know that can be a tricky width to find, but Sew Sassy stocks it in quite a few colours.  You can sometimes also find regular width stretch lace that has a scalloped edge.

The Josephine Bralette is a style I've been making for a while. I really like it because it allows you to combine contrasting fabrics. The Josephine Bralette can be sewn two ways - either with a racer back or traditional hook and eye closure,

View A of the Nora Panties is my favourite thing right now! I want to make a dozen of these for myself. They are so comfortable and flattering. The Nora Pattern an be sewn so many ways. The pattern comes with instructions on how to make three variations... but I can think of a few other ways to sew them that would be fun too.

Lastly, is the Scarlett Bra. This is also a style that I've had in my lingerie shop for a while. The Scarlett pattern comes with instructions on how to style this bra two different ways. Racer back bras are my favourite right now. I'm not sure what it is, but I find them so comfy, and I love how they accentuate the shape of the back...

One of the new things I've been doing is working on some video's. I've started a YouTube Channel, where I post some demo's. If you've never sewn lingerie before and need a little help with the instructions, I'm hoping the video's will be a help to you.

I have one more thing in store to share with you... but that will have to wait for another day! I hope you like the patterns. 

Ohhh Lulu Pattern Hack: Advanced Techniques for the Emma Romper

Hey guys! I finally released my romper pattern... I LOVE this pattern. It's so versatile and comfy.

In my instructions for the Emma Romper, I give the basic assembly method...  I thought it might be fun to show you how you can take this pattern to the next level with some more advanced techniques! The basic assembly remains the same, but the finishing will be finer. Instead of doing serged seams, I'll show you how to sew french seams. We'll finish the crotch with bias tape and snaps (hand sewn or hammered), and add some gentle shirring to the waist.

What You'll Need:
1. The Emma Romper Pattern
2. A fabric with a good drape. I'm using a Liberty of London silk.
3. Lace trim for the neck and legs.
4. Sew in or Hammer in Snaps
5. Small Scrap of Interfacing
6. 1/2" Strapping and bra strap rings & sliders
7. Needles and Thread

1. Begin by applying lace along Front Neckline, as indicated in the Pattern Instructions.

2. With the wrong sides together, pin your center front seam. Stitch together using only a 1/4" Seam allowance.

3. Trim back seam allowance to approximately 1/8".

4. Using a warm iron, press seam allowance to one side. Then fold your garment along the center front seam, and press flat.

5. Stitch seam closed using a narrow, 1/4" seam allowance.

6. Repeat the same process on the Center Back and Side Seams. 

 7. Sew lace onto the right side of the garment. Turn seam allowance under and press. Top stitch in place. An extra pretty way to finish the leg openings would be with appliqued lace. Check out my hero, Carine Gilson for some dreamy inspration.

 8. In this intance, I've finished the raw edge of the crotch seam with self fabric. I measured the width of the crotch seam (including the lace portion) and added 1/2" to either side. I wound up with a measurement of 5". I cut 2 pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of light weight interfacing that were 5x2"

 9. Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of your fabric strips. Fold in half lengthwise and press.

10. Pin and stitch on to the right side of the Front of the Romper.

11.Turn under the raw ends of your fabric strip.

12 Turn strip towards the inside of the garment, and top stitch all the way around the exterior of the strip. Repeat this process on the opposite side.

13. You can either hand sew on snaps or try your hand at hammered in snaps. I ended up putting hammer-in snaps in mine, but they aren't quite as perfectly set as I would have liked!

14. Finish the upper edge and straps as indicated in the pattern.

15. To add some quick contouring around the waist, Try on the romper while it's inside out. Find your natural waist, which is the narrowest part of your torso (you can also use the waist line guide on the pattern pieces) and mark that part at each seam with a pin (or use dressmakers chalk). I suggest trying on the garment to find your natural waist because waist height varies greatly. My waist is super high. My friend's waist is perfectly in the middle of her torso... everyone is different.

16. I used some soft, 1/2" elastic to cinch in the waist of my romper. To do this I used my pins as a guide and zig-zag stitched the elastic onto the inside of the garment. Pull on the elastic as you stitch. This creates soft gathers and will pull in your waistline. Alternatively, you could also sew a casing onto the inside of your garment, and draw elastic through the casing. Adding button holes and a drawstring would be fun too! I have also finished these with long satin sashes tied at the waist.

Now you're ready for some seriously luxurious lounging.

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