Friday, 28 May 2010

Halter neck camisole and french knickers

A birthday present for a friend. I think it'll be a bit delayed, I had planned to get this finished earlier. I had bought an old McCall's pattern (dated 1979, pattern number 6972) a while ago from an ebay seller, but when I checked the pattern more thoroughly, and went to sew, I found the camisole pattern was missing. So not such a quick project.

I was worried about getting the sizing right (this is me in the picture, my friend is a little curvier). I decided to try and draft out a halterneck design, cut on the bias and with an elasticated back and front elastic 'scrunch', as I thought that this would make the fit more flexible. I expect my friend is too polite to say anything, so I hope that it fits.

The material is a lovely soft cotton that I have used for baby quilts in the past. Sewing hems on the bias is not my favourite, but it wasn't too bad with a bit of starch, a lot of ironing and a special rolled-hem foot that came with my machine. I made matching bias tape, with the lace inserted, for the side bodice seams and straps. I also lined the top of the camisole to make it a little more opaque.

Hope she likes it! I thought perhaps, if not used as underwear, it might make make a pretty summer pyjama set?


Genie said...

Very pretty! :)

My Owl Barn said...

These are very pretty. I bet that lace and the peace ribbon made her jump! Have a great day :)