The “Minimalist Lingerie” Ensemble
Fabric: polka dot crib sheet, never used; upcycled, never worn, hand-me-down nightgown
Pattern: Colette Madeleine Mini Bloomers
Notions: 1/4-inch elastic
First worn: this week
Wear again: yes
Time to complete: a couple hours
Total cost: free-ish
I had some beautiful visions of projects featuring embellishment, but in my summer sleep- and loungewear ensemble this week I admit the embellishment was half-hearted. We’ve had guests staying in the room where all my sewing stuff lives, and anyways the apartment has been so horribly sticky after several days of around 100 degree temps. I love summer, and I’m used to these unbearable stretches in New York City without central air conditioning or abundant nature to ameliorate the air quality. But when it gets to a certain point, I’m not capable of much. People, I reached that point.
So I made mini bloomers from a crib sheet, cut the tags and the all the hanging bits and baubles that I guess were supposed to be sexy from a designer white cotton nightgown, hemmed it to a comfortable length, and then drew on it with thread. I encountered this embellishment technique in Amy Karol’s awesome book, Bend the Rules with Fabric. Amy’s is the first blog I started reading regularly in that shortest longest year after my daughter was born in 2006. I love her DIY, unperfectionist approach, and I found it at exactly the right point in my life. All you need to draw with thread is a walking foot; you have to lower the feed dogs and then draw away. However, my fancy new sewing machine has a special foot primarily for quilting that makes it even easier. I’ve been meaning to experiment with this special foot (the Bernina Stitch Regulator) ever since I bought the machine last year. I didn’t actually spend too much time with it this week though. I set it up and freehanded some curlicues while my daughter was working on a puzzle. The thin light cotton is probably not suited to my level of expertise. My stitches looked a lot better on the more substantial twill I briefly practiced on. But hey, I completed the challenge, I used the fancy foot, I’m calling this a win.