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30s sweetheart

Added Feb 15, 2011

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






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!

Material Notes





Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage
Lace/Sequins, Silk

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    Mar 16, 2011, 10.18 PMby analogue

    I love the lace you used for the bra-portion and hem. Elegant and sexy, absolutely beautiful!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 12.09 AMby emilywirt

    This looks great! It looks like a great vintage piece you would find in a thrift store.

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    Feb 17, 2011, 11.39 PMby Vivat Veritas

    this is so sweet! love the color and lace details!

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    Feb 17, 2011, 07.25 PMby eliseanna

    Just gorgeous, and looks so professional.

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    Feb 17, 2011, 06.22 PMby twolter

    So so pretty! <3

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    Feb 17, 2011, 07.11 AMby Zyanya Walker

    I have been working on drafting vintage underwear for a little while now, takes some time to get the fit right! I really want to get my hands on a copy of that book it looks perfect for me. Your cami-knickers are beautiful!

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      Feb 17, 2011, 01.07 PMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! :) I think you’d like the book—not only is it full of lots of lingerie pieces to make, but the illustrations are gorgeous too! :)

      ♥ Casey

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    Feb 17, 2011, 12.30 AMby bjr99

    Nicely done. I love the look of very femine under garments.

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      Feb 17, 2011, 01.07 PMby elegantmusings

      Thank you so much! :)

      ♥ Casey

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    Feb 16, 2011, 05.37 PMby wzrdreams

    I love everything about it. Congrats!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 03.58 PMby lizah

    so sweet!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 04.23 AMby mandrych

    So very feminine, beautiful material.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 04.11 AMby aluckmann

    Absolutely perfect!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 12.48 AMby lyrameneses

    How pretty and luxurious! I love the color. :)

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      Feb 17, 2011, 01.08 PMby elegantmusings

      Thank you so much! :)

      ♥ Casey

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