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
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.)