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, and in June 2017, I released 3 more patterns! What are the patterns? Where can you purchase? Read below!
8228 // Bralette + Matching Undie: Two soft cup 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 // Underwire Bra + Matching Undie: 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.
8435 // Henley Bodysuit: Henley bodysuit with a center front button placket and snap closure at the crotch. Has the option to be long sleeved or sleeveless, or bikini or thong. Available in sizes XS-XL
Design Comments: Like skinny jeans, bodysuits have unexpectedly become a timeless staple in my wardrobe. I wear them with skirts, shorts, pants, jeans, and even as a layering piece underneath my entire outfit. If you scope out My Sewing Projects page, you’ll see I’ve made one too many. I’m really excited to make this with rib knit and even Lycra for a swimsuit! The placket can be a little tricky to sew (just a lot of steps that have to be super precise), which is why I created this full tutorial on how to put together.
8436 // Partial Band Underwire Bra + Cheeky Undie: Underwire partial band bra with plunge neckline. Cups provides moderate coverage, and back features adjustable shoulder straps and hook and eye. The matching panty is a cheeky low rise undie (the back almost fits like a thong; similar style is this Urban Outfitters undie). The bra is available in sizes 32A through 42DD and the panty is available in sizes XS-XL.
Design Comments: This bra is so much fun to make! The neckline is super flattering too. Newbie lingerie sewists often shy away from underwire bras because they seem intimidating. This is as simple an underwire gets! Just like the 8435 strapless, the design has so many possibilities too. The instructions call for a scallop lace, but take a peek at my May workshop. All the students made this bra with a non scallop lace from Spoonflower. Note to self – need to get more glitter mesh STAT. The panty is cheeky cut – similar to a bikini with more butt exposure. Perfect to wear with jeans or pants, because you won’t get a strong panty line and you have a little more coverage.
8437 // Strapless Bra + Thong: Strapless bra with lace panels at front. Has side and center front seams with plush channeling on inside that is encased with plastic boning to add support. Optional silicone backed elastic at the top and the bottom of the bra help to keep bra from falling down too. Hook and eye closure at center back. The panty is a simple thong with lace panels which are meant to match the bra. The bra is available in sizes 32A through 42DD and the panty is available in sizes XS-XL.
Design Comments: If you’re like me, when summer rolls around, all you want to do is bust out the sleeveless tops, dresses and jumpsuits. What about those off the shoulder tops that literally everyone is wearing? Ladies, you’ll need a strapless bra for your ladies. Strapless bras get a band rap; in terms of annoying fashion problems, having your bra shimmy down to your hips is up there with untangling a necklace. Hate, hate, hate! To fight gravity, there are tricks to keep things in place, which have been designed into this pattern. First, the band is narrow-er. Not super wide, but not super skinny. I thought it was a happy medium between being supportive and flattering. Additionally, the seams all around the bra have channeling encased with plastic boning and the top and the bottom are finished with silicone backed elastic. I really like the addition of the channeling/boning – it elevates the bra from fitting like a bandeau to having structure and support.
Good news for all your visual learners! Click here to watch the full video tutorial on how to make the 8437.
Where to Buy:
My Webshop: Paper patterns as well as lingerie kits
Simplicity US online: Paper and PDF patterns
Simplicity UK online: Paper and PDF patterns
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): Patterns and bra kits
The Emerald Studios (Canada): Bra kits
The New Craft House (UK): Patterns and bra kits
Timeless Fabrics (UK): Patterns
B,Wear (Sweden): Patterns
Elle-Joan’s (New Zealand): Patterns
Sew Squirrel (Australia and New Zealand): Patterns
The Small Fabric House (Denmark): Patterns
*if you’re a vendor interested in selling the Madalynne X Simplicity patterns, email me and I’ll get you all set up!*
I offer video tutorials on my tutorial page.
For the 8229 underwire bra – I teamed up with a super talented videographer and filmmaker, Brittany Ann Cool, to create a video tutorial that is available on my YouTube.
For the 8228 racerback bralette – I teamed up with Mimi G. Style to create a video tutorial that is available on her Sew It Academy.
Below are blog posts demonstrating pattern alterations and styling 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
Variation 6: how to sew the 8437 from start to finish
Variation 7: how to sew the center front placket on the 8435
Interested in learning how to sew the Madalynne X Simplicity Patterns? Head on over to the webshop to sign up for a workshop or schedule a 1-on-1 session.