I recently made two bralette and panty sets using Simplicity 8228. This fabulous pattern was designed by Madalynne “Maddie” Flanigan. I also have her other pattern, Simplicity 8229, which is an underwire bra and panty. I am really looking forward to making these. If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to make intimate apparel using Maddie’s patterns, you really should give these a go. Maddie has tons of information on her website Madalynne. On her site, you’ll find video tutorials, helpful information on lingerie making, including in-person classes, and lots of beautiful lace and kits for bra and panty-making, plus loads inspiration. She has three patterns releasing soon, also with Simplicity. I can’t wait!
I purchased the material and galloon lace for these sets from the the Fabric Outlet on Mission Street in San Francisco. This is one of the first fabric stores I visited when I moved to the Bay Area and I love it! On top of having lots of fabulous fabrics and lace at great prices, and sometimes on sale, they have really nice folks to help you, too.
The pink mesh is a bit more transparent than this picture shows. The stretch black galloon lace that I used is 6″ in width. The pattern calls for 8″ width, but for the bralette size that I made, which was a 36C, I was able to use this smaller width galloon. I suggest that you lay out all of your pattern pieces prior to cutting to confirm you have enough lace.
The lining used for the bralette, above, and for the main part of the panty, is white with dots. This stretch galloon lace is 7″ wide.
This is the pattern I used for both sets and I highly recommend this pattern. The pattern pieces and construction are well-designed and the instructions are clear. The bralette and panties come together very quickly.
I did not use the spray adhesive that the designer, Maddie, recommends; instead I cut out the lace and basted it onto an uncut piece of lining. Once attached, I confirmed that the pieces all fit together correctly and then I trimmed down the lining to match the lace. This was all very easy.
Before trimming the lining, I made sure that the pieces lined up correctly.
I used standard 1/4″ black elastic on the inside edges of this bralette.
There are no straps on this halter-style bralette, resulting in fewer pieces and an easier sew than sewing a standard bra. I used standard 1/4″ black elastic on the inside edges of this bralette. Before sewing on the elastic, make sure that the hooks and eyes pieces are the same size as the area where they will attach on the bra straps. If not, you will need to alter (cut) the straps.
I really like the design of the panties, and how the lace meets in the back.
The best part about these intimate sets is that they are so comfortable to wear, especially during the hot summer. It’s also fun to have the lace visible at the back of the neck. I love this pattern and I’m sure I’ll be making it again many times!