The hardest thing about this pattern is choosing which variation to make! There are so many lovely options.
Style 4 ~ Lace back with dip and strap detail
- Pattern Designer: Evie la Luve
- Briefs Type: Mid rise fit
- Skill Level: Intermediate (or beginner plus)
- Size Range: XXS (hip 83cm) - XXL (hip 110cm)
- Time frame: Depends on the version but still pretty quick
Value for money:
The pdf is $16 NZD and the pattern states that there are over 40 variations that can be made from the one pattern. I reckon that's a pair to match any style of bra and although I haven't tried it, I think you could potentially even use a bias cut woven for the front piece so long as there was plenty of stretch in the back piece. So I feel this is a good value purchase.
Hannah (the designer) has included instructions for each variation and the instruction booklet comes with nice, clear colour photographs (not so great if you like to print your instructions off but fine if you read them off the screen, like me.)
Accurate materials list:
The fabric and lace amounts suggested are quite generous, for example: style 4 that I made, lists .5m of fabric but from this you only need to cut the front and crotch piece out of it. I do like that it is noted for each size what minimum width lace you need - so you can be sure you have the right lace before printing the pattern out.
Lace back and fabric front ~ getting ready to assemble
Clear fabric recommendations:
No. In the materials list it just mentions 'fabric' and I can't see anywhere that it mentions what type of fabric to use, not even if it is stretch or woven...at least nowhere obvious (has anyone else come across this information?) It would be safe to assume this pattern is for stretch fabric.
Matching set potential:
With all the pattern variations it would be really easy to use the same fabric and materials from a bra to make these briefs.
Yes, yes, yes! You could make them quite plain and sporty or extra fancy with lots of lace and strap details. Each pair could come out looking quite different.
A lovely mix of fabric, lace and elastics would easily match to many bra patterns
Invisible panty line:
This would depend on the style you chose but I have found that any panties with a lace back don't create any obvious lines.
No VPL here!
This is a nice step up pattern once you have made a few basic briefs. With the variety of materials that can be used, it would be a great pattern for stash busting those small left-over scraps. I like how Hannah provides a page of line drawings for you to 'plan your make' - you can sketch over them or colour them in to design your briefs before you start cutting your fabric. The line drawings on this pattern make the panties seem more high-cut than they actually are so don't get put off if high cut panties aren't your thing, the leg holes sit much lower when worn.