Added Feb 15, 2011
Inspired by all the lovely handmade lingerie that has been popping up on various sewing blogs, I finally got around to making my first lingerie project! It all started with a slim 1970s volume called “The Undies Book”. It’s one of those delightful DIY books that includes techniques and scaled, graphed patterns for a variety of underthings from demure “peasant” half slips, to barely there panties. I immediately honed in on the 70s-does-30s cami-knickers, and started scheming about making my own. I splurged with some Christmas funds while we were up in Virginia on a yard of silk charmuese at G Street Fabrics (seriously the most expensive, per yard piece of fabric I’ve ever bought… but oh so luscious!) with the idea of making these cami-knickers for myself. To embellish the garment, I found a length of 3 1/2″ wide, vintage lace on Etsy that went well with the peachy-tone of the silk (sadly, my lace stash didn’t have anything wide enough–as much as I wanted to “shop my stash”!).
The original design had a lace bra portion and the bottom half was opaque. However, I really wanted something that not only looked pretty (because what girl doesn’t like lovely underthings?!) but could be layered under a semi-sheer blouse and act as a camisole. So I opted to line the upper portion of the pattern, while still keeping the lace as an overlay.
Please excuse the dressform photos, but as I’m a bit shy about posing in my underthings and posting it online, I hope these will still give an idea of how the finished garment looks. For being a graphed pattern that I scaled up (just by scanning into Photoshop and enlarging–super easy!), the fit is very nice. I might cut a size smaller through the torso/hips next time, but a little extra room to move around never hurt anyone!
Be sure to stop by my blog to read lots more construction details!