Although I’ve been very busy making things I’ve not actually made anything that hasn’t already been extensively written about elsewhere. Then along came several new Evie la Luve patterns as well as being asked to pattern test the next batch to be released shortly. First up was the Queenie soft bralette and the Jade side tie panties followed by the Effie crop top and Honey boyshort fit panties.
I wasn’t sure the tie style patterns were my thing but enticed by a 20% off PDF and 15% off supplies deal I bought both the Queenie and Jade along with some wide plush elastic and a number of other items.
The idea was to make the Jade with wide elastic to match the Queenie. Not wanting the tie top I adjusted the pattern piece by finding the centre front and cutting as one piece on the fold.
The blush metallic fabric is gorgeous but extremely stretchy so I used temporary adhesive spray to block fuse to a nude stretch mesh to make it easier to work with. I lined the bralette with really soft powernet. One of my ideas was to ruche the top but when I tried it on it on with the Jade it looked perfect as it was. The Jade is a high leg pattern and I thought a very flattering fit helped by the gorgeously soft elastic. So a sparkly sporty take on the pattern.
Then I was asked if I wanted to pattern test two more patterns. With lots of wide elastic I was eager to try the side cut out versions of both. I had some gorgeous scuba fabric which I had bought in a kit from the online shop and metres of black fold over elastic from a previous purchase.
Then on to which size to make. Back in the gym I have lost a few inches from everywhere and now I was in between sizes but stuck with medium as I was using the less stretchy scuba.
As with every Evie la Luve pattern the instructions are very well written accompanied by very clear photos. The Effie and Honey are really quick makes with great results. Although I did use the overlocker for the seams I first hand stitched the FOE in place first, as this is both bulky and slippery and has a habit of moving. I also overlocked the edges that were to be attached to the wide elastic as I think this looks neater than trimming back to the stitch line especially with a different colour thread.
The wide elastic was starting to fray and see through in places so I also overlocked the edges before sewing together and topstitching the open seam allowance down. I also marked the 3/8” line so that I could line up the elastic perfectly straight.
With plenty of material over I wanted to try the side panel version of the Honey. I found some scraps of black dot mesh (from a previous Tailormade kit which I thought matched the glamour of the elastic. A little over stretchy by itself so I lined with some blush mesh to complement the fabric. They were looking gorgeous.
The scuba was a little bulky to press to the centre so I pressed to the sides but with the mesh lined you can’t really see the fabric. Another perfectly gorgeous set. The Effie is such a cute make and a real useful addition to my wardrobe. Looking very glamorous in the versions I have made you will love the Honey pattern if you like boyshorts as there are so many variations to try - maybe some pink bamboo knit with black lace edge!