Hot! Coo-coo-ca-choo Nutmeg

Quick, hide it from the kids. Okay, so these photos are far from racy. But still, I kinda cringe at putting half-dressed versions of myself out there. Here goes…

Fabric: poly charmeuse, $4

Pattern: Colette Nutmeg, stash

Year: 2010?

Notions: lingerie elastic, ribbon, both from stash

Time to complete: not sure

First worn: laying on the bed on a Sunday afternoon

Wear again? yes

Total price: $4

I went about this project a bit backwards. Despite being a huge film freak, I don’t really watch awards shows. So instead, I looked to my sewing queue, then hopped on the Academy Awards website to see if any upcoming projects would suit a nominated film. Of course, I then became quite distracted by beloved films, and now have a growing inspiration list (Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Thin Man, Amarcord, Coalminer’s Daughter, Annie Hall, Bonnie & Clyde… outfits I will get to someday).

Nutmeg is a pattern I’ve had in my stash for quite a while, and last month it got bumped up in the queue for two reasons. One was an amazing leopard print silk dress I found at Goodwill. Two was the fact that I finally ordered a bra pattern & kit, and thought the Nutmeg would be a nice version of lingerie light sewing. Mrs. Robinson’s leopard print goodness sealed the deal. Okay, okay, so I didn’t make a coat. And being a cougar isn’t on my list of things to try. But who doesn’t want leopard print underthings?

The bra supplies have yet to arrive, and the lovely pure silk dress will have to wait for a different project. There is a lot of fabric, but unfortunately not enough for the bias cuts this pattern requires. So, I broke my non-buying streak with this leopard print replacement. I couldn’t find anything in silk in a pinch, so it’s a poly charmeuse. I’m totally fine with that, though the silk print is decidedly classier than this version. But it’s loungewear, people, if ya know what I mean ;)

The Nutmeg is ridiculously easy to sew, and I used French seams to keep everything nice and neat. I ended up instinctively sizing down quite a bit in the knickers (I’m learning, dear Colette), but I think next time I’ll have to do the same with the bralette. I measured properly, came up with my usual bra size, but sad to say I feel like I simply don’t fill this out very well. (Also sad? The lame anklet I got at 17.)







Lavender has sewing in her blood. Raised by a working seamstress, she was always surrounded by the craft, but defiant when it came to learning the proper way to do anything. After years of hacking up t-shirts, jeans, vintage finds and selling tie satchels (gasp!) in a local shop, she packed up her machine. A few years ago, she dusted it off, determined to learn the right way 'round a machine & pattern.


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  1. I was actually jealous at how nicely you filled out the bralette, but I know you can see things that pictures don’t show. I think it’s an adorable set. And very creative pics!

  2. Hey Lavender, the outfit looks great and strategically placed styling for the photos. I have a few nightgown patterns in my stash, hoping that’s a challenge down the road. The photos tell a story girl!

  3. Lavender, you look fantastic. Love the leopard print and the movie nod. Altogether great!

  4. Oh I love it! I have this pattern sitting in my stash, but it’s so rare to see completed versions of it, much less modeled. Yours looks fantastic! I totally want to make this now.

  5. Omigosh, Mena you tricksie vixen, switching up the photos!

    I flaked on actually listing my film inspiration. Anyway, it’s The Graduate, with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. If you haven’t seen it, let’s just say some major plot points happen in the bedroom.

  6. Oh Mkss Lavendar! You little minx! These are awesome–and you are incredibly ballsy. My hat’s off to you, lady!

  7. cool inspiration, fabulous setting and props.

  8. You are funny! It looks great, and you are so brave to let us all see you in your lounge wear.

  9. This is so great! And bold too! I was wondering what you were going to do with that fabric when I saw it on your blog. My project for this week was a real disappointment-there;s always next week. Looking forward to your next project-

  10. Nearly fell off my chair at the very first pic (trousers + leg)! Knew immediately which movie it was. So funny and so awesome!

  11. Haha! Yep, The Graduate was clear from that first picture – love that you got your man involved, and how well you both model! Awesome pictures, awesome project. Yey!

  12. Love this and the photo shoot! I like your husband/boyfriend in the first photo, hilarious!

  13. Love the photos, the inspiration and the leopard print… meow! :)

  14. First of all, never apologize for your tatoos. I have no tatoos, and probably wont ever get one because my rabbi would flip his yamuke, as it were, but hey, it’s on your body, it’s yours.

    Second of all, I love this! You look amazing, and the photos are excellent. I’ve never been one for Leopard print but damn if you aren’t changing my mind about it’s potential. I love how you took a 40’s/30’s inspired pattern and made it 60’s with the print and the movie reference. Here’s to YOU, Mrs. Lavender….

    • There is a funny story behind it, but it’s definitely not a “cool” tattoo, ya know. I have this funny vision of a flip-top yarmulke in my head. You will be a leopard convert!!!

  15. I agree with Leah on all counts. Own that tattoo! It must have taken guts at 17 and I bet you felt absolutely amazing when you got it done. Tattoos are like wrinkles, they show we’ve lived life to the full and done things others haven’t (I’ve got a rose on my shoulder I had done for my 40th birthday).
    And that bralette & cami knickers do look superb on you, I bet your bloke had difficulty not grinning at them for the photo.

    • Guts? More like spontaneity, with full disregard of the future! I have another I like, and part of me wishes I had tons. I really like the look of full sleeves, chest tattoos, etc. It’s crazy expensive, though! I like hearing about people getting them past their 20s.

  16. Looks awesome! I love the leopard print.

  17. Very hot! The both of you. Just re-watched The Graduate and knew exactly what you your inspiration movie was when I saw your photo. Well done!

  18. This is pretty stunning! I adore that you used leopard, and I love this pattern! It fits the movie perfectly, and what a fabulous movie to pick! Bravo on the photo shoot – pass some of that fabulous bravery to the rest of us, if you please :)

  19. Mrs. Lavender, you’re trying to seduce me! I love this set– you look stunning (and your pup is adorable)!

  20. whaaaAAAAAT sexy mama!!! love this, love your man prop. (sorry dude, in front of leopard naughties you’re a prop. a very handsome prop. and you’ve got that oh !*#&^ expression down pat.)

    tres hot, miss lavender.

  21. Your set looks great! You shouldn’t worry about half naked pictures, you looks stunning!

  22. You did a great on this challenge. I can’t help it though that puppy is stealing the show :-)

  23. Love it! You’ve spurred me on to try this pattern. I’m envious your man is willing to wear plaid pants, very hot, and a great pairing with your leopard Nutmeg. Funny, I also have a silk leopard print dress I’m planning to refashion. . .

  24. Giddy-Up Lavender what a stellar and bold move, you look amazing. Your man is a lucky one. Well done.