Madlynne by Simplicity 8229

After all my successful Harriet bras I was ready to tackle some other underwire patterns. First I printed out the free Maya pattern by AFI Atelier but I got as far as sewing the cups together before I realized that they were about 2″ too big to fit in the cradle. I’m not sure what I did wrong but I binned it and moved on. Next up I chose another madlynne pattern. I read that a vertical seam cup is good for someone with my shape.


Unlike the harriet bra this pattern calls for stretch lace and stretch lining.  Which makes it really comfortable but a little less supportive. Not that I need a lot of support.


I love the shape these give me. If you asked me 2 years ago I never thought I would be confidant in a bra without pushup foam. Turns out all you need is a custom made bra to give you the look you want.


I made an oops and didn’t cut down the bands to fit into my hook and eye so instead I scooped out the back and attached the straps in a U shape and put the adjusters on the front.


McCall’s 6954 Reimagined as a shirt

I don’t know why but I have been on a floral kick lately.  Normally pink isn’t my color but my mom pointed out that this looks quite good with my skin tone so I guess it just has to be the “right” pink.  Having a bit of a tan doesn’t hurt either.   When I saw this lightweight floaty polyester floral at Joann’s I thought it was just screaming to be a tank top. I had previously deemed McCall’s 6954 to the don’t make again pile but I pulled it back out for this project because it had the racerback and floaty fit I was looking for.


I cut off the pattern at 17″ below the neckline to turn it into a top. I cut the front and back on the fold and narrowed in just a tad on the side seams to allow me to get the shirt out of a single yard of fabric.


The neck and armholes are finished with self bias binding folded to the inside and sewed down. Just like the last time I made this pattern I had a heck of a time getting it to lay flat along the curves. Even with extensive stay stitching and stabilizing tape I must have still warped it.  Despite that this was exactly what I wanted and was very comfortable on a recent business trip to San Francisco.


This was a fast project and I can certainly see more of these floaty woven tops in my future.