Once again it seems I have been missing for quite some time from my blog. But this time there is another reason behind the usual busy life reasons.
I have been busy behind the scenes with pattern testing a pattern that was released yesterday. The Caitlin Cami and Slip by Daydream patterns. I could not resist this opportunity, because over the last twelve months I had delved into the world of lingerie making - and I love it!
This pattern is for a classic bias cut slip and cami style for using with woven fabrics. Unbelievably, this sort of lingerie pattern is quite hard to find either in the Big 4 or in the Independant pattern ranges.
Daydream patterns are designed by patternmaker Jo England, and is based in Australia - well, really on the internet at https:daydreampatterns.com.
The pattern testers worked in a small closed group on Facebook and we tested two versions - the first draft of the pattern, and then the second draft, which was only slightly modified for a better fit and sewing experience.
I made a toile first, and after Jo checked it, went ahead with test garment 1. I made this in a polyester double crepe (slightly heavier than recommended but I wanted more of a dress top look) with a lightweight polyester lining. Lace was a stretch lace and straps were adjustable elastic straps.
(Of course, it is wise to check any new pattern for size and fit by making a toile first...)
During the process of making version 1, some makers had problems with the back straps being set too wide for comfort. Additionally, some were finding the underbust curve hard to sew. The back straps were modified and the underbust curve and corresponding lower cup curve altered to allow easier sewing.
For testing this version, I used a cotton voile outer cami and the same cotton voile as the inside lining layer. Lace this time was a rigid scalloped lace. Once again, I used adjustable bra straps for the shoulder straps. I made them longer than the pattern suggested so that I can adjust from the front. I will be wearing the cotton Caitlin Cami a lot so I want ease of access to straps because then I can adjust during the day. I am wearing the cami this time with a slip.
I have plans to make this again in a few versions. I would like more cotton camis but I think I will use a facing at the back and just under the bust. This will make it ideal for those very hot days. I would also like to make a silk satin version, which would look and feel stunning.
Oh, and of course, a long voile slip for wearing under summer dresses.
For now though, I have a two lovely Caitlin Cami's - a dress cami and a classic underlayer cami which will be extremely useful under work tops to offset the airconditioner a bit. Plus still be cool and absorbent in the heat.