I remember sitting inside Joann’s Fabrics thumbing through pattern catalogs when I first began sewing. “What will I make next?” I was around 18 years old then and never in a million years did I think that I would be in one of those catalogs. Well, that day came. In August 2016, I teamed up with Simplicity to create 2 lingerie patterns! What are the patterns? Where can you purchase? Read below!
8228: Two soft cup bras (bralettes) and one panty. The halter bralette has a plunge neckline, scalloped lace edges and a double hook and eye closure at the back. It has channeling at the cup seam (but no underwires) which adds some support. The racerback bralette has a sweetheart neckline with scallop lace edges throughout. The panty is high-waisted with lace side panels. The bralettes are available in sizes 32A through 42DD and the panty is available in sizes XS-XL.
The pattern says that you will need a hook and eye for the bralette (view B). This is incorrect, you do not need one.
The length of the halter is short on some women, so I’d cross check your body measurements versus the pattern measurement. To do this – first, measure the length of the vertical seams of the cups for your size (don’t include seam allowances). Times that number by two. Then, using a tape measure, measure underbust to underbust with tape wrapped around your neck (underbust = directly under your bust, where your breasts meet your ribcase/chest wall). Do those numbers roughly match? If not, adjust your pattern accordingly by making a horizontal line through the cup patterns (point chosen arbitrarily but ideally through apex) and the slashing and opening/closing.
8229: One underwire bra and one panty. The bra is a full band (vs a partial band) and has scalloped lace edges on the upper cups, a hook and eye closure at the back and adjustable straps. It provides moderate coverage and support. The panty is a basic, high-waisted silhouette. The bra is available in sizes 32A through 42DD and the panty is available in sizes XS-XL.
WHERE TO BUY:
Simplicity US online: Both paper and PDF patterns are available on Simplicity’s website
Simplicity UK online: Both paper and PDF patterns are available on Simplicity’s website
In stores: Joann’s, Walmart, and Hobby Lobby in the US as well as the UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
Tailor Made Shop (US): Offering both patterns and beautiful bra kits!
The Emerald Studios (Canada): Offering limited edition bra kits!
The New Craft House (UK): Offering both patterns and beautiful bra kits!
Timeless Fabrics (UK): Offering both patterns
B,Wear (Sweden): Offering both patterns
Elle-Joan’s (New Zealand): Offering both patterns
Sew Squirrel (Australia and New Zealand): Offering both patterns
The Small Fabric House (Denmark): Offering both patterns
*if you’re a vendor interested in selling the Madalynne X Simplicity patterns, email me and I’ll get you all set up!*
Below are tutorials on pattern alterations, different styling, and outfitting options.
Variation 1: how to clean finish the seams, add stability and remove the racerback to the 8228 (view B).
Variation 2: how to add a ruffle bottom band and halter straps to the 8228 (view B).
Variation 3: two alternative methods to finishing the edges of the cups to the 8228 halter bra (view A).
Variation 4: how to add strappy back detailing to the 8228 halter bra (view A).
Variation 5: how to use non scalloped lace for the 8229.