A SECOND Snakeskin Knit Dress

A second 'wearable toile' - a dress in a snake skin print knit

A second ‘wearable toile’ – a dress in a snake skin print knit

A while back I got a bunch of fabric from my former teacher, and one of those lengths of yardage was this thin, snakeskin print.  I ended up making shorts, leggings, and a dress… most as “intentionally wearable toiles” – basically test garments in fabric that I’d like enough to possibly wear if the pattern worked out -but not so special that I’d be devastated if it didn’t.

When I got some free fabric from a former teacher, I put this snakeskin knit into the “to make toilles with” box – it’s always nice to have some knit that I don’t really love that I can use to mock up patterns with to test fit…

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Black Pleather bralette

Selfie in my black pleather (matte pvc) bralette

Selfie in my black pleather (matte pvc) bralette

When I said that during the summer of 2021 I went on a major bralette-sewing spree – mostly using the Barrett Bralette pattern, I wasn’t kidding!

However, this black pleather bralette is the last one (of that group at least! I might still make more!) to share with you. I also made a bright floral bikini top and bottomflame-print bralette /bikini top, a polka-dot bikini top/ bralette ,  a purple paisley bikini set, and a silver cut-velvet bralette as well  using this same pattern.

Stitching the matte black PVC/ Pleather bralette

Stitching the matte black PVC/ Pleather bralette

The fabric for this one is a matte wet-look / stretch pleather/ matte PVC, but I’m just going to call it “pleather” for this post.  I think I bought it with the idea that it would make great leggings (and it would!) but right now I already have a few pairs of fake-leather-looking kind of leggings, but I DIDN’T have a black pleather bralette! Continue reading

Cut velvet bralette

Selfie in my new silver cut-velvet bralette

Selfie in my new silver cut-velvet bralette

Next up in my summer bralette-making spree is a silver cut-velvet bralette using the  Barrett Bralette pattern, (with some fairly significant modifications to fit me properly).

I also made a bright floral bikini top and bottomflame-print bralette /bikini top, a polka-dot bikini top/ bralette , and a purple paisley bikini set as well  using this same pattern.

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Purple Paisley bikini top/bralette

purple paisley bralette / bikini top

purple paisley bralette / bikini top

A little over a year ago I made a blue knit bralette using the Barrett Bralette pattern, and with the heat in June 2021, and the pandemic meaning fashion was a LOT more casual (since I wasn’t really seeing anyone..) I was wearing it, and my one sports bra ALL the time. SO comfortable!

The major heat wave also meant hiding out in my cool basement sewing room was WAY more appealing than puttering on my computer upstairs – so this was a perfect match!

(I thought I had blogged about the original bralette, but I guess not -oops!)

So, that meant I definitely needed to make more.

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Flame print bikini top/bralette

Flame print bralette / bikini top

Flame print bralette / bikini top

In 2020 I made a blue knit bralette using the Barrett Bralette pattern, and with the heat in June 2021, and the pandemic meaning fashion was a LOT more casual (since I wasn’t really seeing anyone..) I was wearing it, and my one sports bra ALL the time. SO comfortable!

The major heat wave also meant hiding out in my cool basement sewing room was WAY more appealing than puttering on my computer upstairs – so this was a perfect match!

(I thought I had blogged about the original bralette, but I guess not -oops!)

So, that meant I definitely needed to make more.

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