Thursday, July 23, 2015

Floral Fifi for a Friend

Colleen, avert your eyes. Spoilers abound.

A good friend of mine is getting married in September and is have a mini-bachelorette/wedding shower next month. While I can't attend, I wanted to send a little gift... the other girls were joking that I should make her a hand-sewn lingerie set, or maybe a Saucy Safari get-up for our environment, travel and hiking loving friend.



While they were only kidding with me, I took it as a challenge to sew up some sassy underthings! A challenge that conveniently coincided with the Sewcialists lingerie month and the release of Tilly and the Buttons' new Fifi camisole and shorts pattern/boudoir set.


The Fifi pattern, despite its goofy name, was just too adorable to pass up... those pleats! Those cute little shorts! Just lovely.


For this Fifi set, I was originally thinking I would use my favorite silky, drapey fabric: rayon challis. Then I promptly chickened out, thinking that sewing rayon challis cut on the bias could be a nightmare. I opted for this pretty, super lightweight, floral cotton lawn from Japan. I bought it locally here in Bangkok at Hieng Yoo Huat.


Fifi was pretty delightful to sew. Tilly's instructions are thorough and nice to look at and the pattern itself went together rather quickly. Although I had been intimidated by the bias cut camisole, I found that part to be really easy. I think sewing the elastic waistband to the shorts was probably the most challenging part, and calling it "challenging" is really a stretch (har har, did ya see what I did there?!). The whole set is sewn with French seams, which makes it as lovely on the inside as is it on the outside.


I can't really say how the fit is on Fifi since I didn't make this set for myself, but I can say that it looks pretty damn cute:


Fingers crossed my friend likes it and it fits her!!! In the meantime, I'll just be over here, planning a Fifi set for myself...


29 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous! But Meg...WHY MUST YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME BUY PATTERNS I HAD NO INTENTION OF BUYING?!?!?

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    1. Ha ha ha! I know, this one is probably not one I would have bought for myself, despite its cuteness, because I'd deem it too frivolous. But for a friend.... ok. I apologize ;-)

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  2. I bet she will like it! It is too cute.

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  3. This little set is gorgeous! I love the fabric you picked! I couldn't resist this pattern either - I bought it as the bundle with her new dress pattern. Can't wait to sew it!

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    1. Ooooh- can't wait to see yours!

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  4. So cute! What an awesome gift. :)

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  5. YESSSS! this is so cute! Way to go, I'll bet that she's going to love it and feel so special. I need to order Fifi - and you just got a dedicated blog follower, anyone is uses stupid puns is okay in my book. <3

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    1. Ha ha, thanks, Kyema! Glad to hear I have a pun proponent in the audience. I literally roll my eyes every time I put one in a blog post, but I can't resist.

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  6. Love that fabric. Cute! How many ladies can say they have hand-sewn lingerie made by someone else? Not many ...

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    1. Thanks, Masha! Hopefully the handmade underthings are received as thoughtful and not weird ;-)

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  7. So, so pretty! I'm mentally scanning through my Burda mags, and I remember I do have a pattern for a bias came, though not one with such elegant bust shaping. I hope it fits your friend too as this set deserves to be worn!

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    1. Me, too! I totally had other camisole patterns in my stash (Seamwork Mag had one), but I do love those bust pleats...

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  8. Adorable!!! I wish I had a friend who made me adorable camisole sets. My husband wishes that too! ;-)

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  9. I love the set and love the puns too.

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    1. Ha ha- glad I'm not alone in my secret love for terrible puns...

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  10. What a cute gift. I really love it. Got one from my auntie years ago and I loved it. Greetings Betty

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  11. I actually wasn't 100% sold on the pattern until i saw yours! I love your fabric choice, it just made me remember how hot it gets in summer at night and how all i wear is manky singlets and shorts. Why not wear something cute?

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    1. I agree! Gotta make myself a set for the hot nights, too!

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  12. Too cute! These look adorable. x

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  13. let's be honest - i could only avert my eyes for so long! I'm so excited for this gift and for the jewelry you're making for the wedding! I'm so lucky to have such a talented friend! Shall I send pics of me wearing the new outfit? That might push your blog readership in the wrong direction ;)

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    1. Ha ha- no obligation to model, by any means! Glad you like it and hope it fits! Have a blast this weekend- I wish I could be there! This Fifi set is in the mail to your apartment, so keep an eye out when you get back.

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