19 July 2015

Fabric Ideas for Sewing Fifi

Fifi sewing pattern - camisole and shorts set - Tilly and the Buttons


Sewing the Fifi boudoir set? It’s time to talk fabric…

Fifi is a delicate camisole and shorts set, so you'll want to pick a delicate fabric to match. Choose something lightweight that has a bit of drape, so it doesn't look or feel stiff. As you’ll be wearing Fifi to bed, you'll also want to choose something that feels nice against your skin.

Cotton lawn and voile fit the bill. They are easy to sew with, and cool and comfortable to wear on hot summer nights. If you’re feeling confident you could try something more luxurious, such as a lightweight silk satin or habotai (read my tips on sewing with slippery fabric).

Fifi sewing pattern - camisole and shorts set - Tilly and the Buttons
Fifi sewing pattern - camisole and shorts set - Tilly and the Buttons
Large designs could overwhelm the diminutive size of the pieces, so I’d go for itty bitty prints or solid colours. The camisole is cut on the bias and the shorts on the straight grain (we think they look nicer and hang better that way), so bear in mind that if you use a directional print it will be running diagonally on the camisole and vertically or horizontally on the shorts. So prints that look similar from different angles might work better.

Here are some lovely things I’ve picked out…


Clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

 
Clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4


Clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4


Clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Fifi looks really cute with the binding and straps in a contrast fabric – one of our working samples was peach with mint binding, it looked so scrumptious. You’ll need about 0.7m (3/4 yard) of contrast fabric for the binding and straps. (You’ll still need pretty much the same allowance for the main fabric, because of the bias cut layout.)

Fifi sewing pattern - camisole and shorts set - Tilly and the Buttons

I think Fifi looks particularly lovely with a little something added at the centre front of the neckline. You can make a bow out of leftover binding cut to half the width; or you can buy ready-made ribbon bows or roses.

You could also add a lace or ruffle trim to the neckline. You could stitch elegant piping or a playful pompom trim to the hem of the shorts. If you’re feeling particularly fruity, you could sew the back pieces of the shorts in stretch lace – oh Fifi!

Fifi sewing pattern - camisole and shorts set - Tilly and the Buttons

Take a look at the Fifi sewing pattern page for the fabric measurements, supplies list and sizing chart.

I’m absolutely in love with this pattern and cannot wait to see what you sew with it. What fabric and design ideas are you thinking of for your first Fifi set? Do tell!

11 comments:

  1. Hi Tilly do you have any advice for adapting patterns when the hip is a smaller size than the waist? I'm making a Delphine skirt and I'm worried by grading from an 8 waist to a 4 hip I will lose the aline style. I appreciate you are busy but I don't seem to be able to find much on grading this way (usually its the hips that are bigger! )

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Since the Delphine skirt has such a distinctive A-line, if I were you I would just make the size 8 to keep the shape of the skirt. Or if you think that's too much, redraw the side seams from an 8 waist to, say size 6 hips. If you redraw from 8 to 4, there won't be much of an A left! Hope that helps :)

      Delete
  2. I really enjoy the fabric choices you gave us :)) Can't wait to sew my own :) Sophia
    www.littlesewingmachine.blogspot.de

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love your idea to use the lace fabric for the shorts back pieces. When my patterns arrive I thi I'll be sewing Fifi up first. I'm looking forward to sourcing fabric and think it'll probably be plain with lace!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That will be so lovely. Do show us a pic!

      Delete
  4. I ordered my pattern as soon as it came out, and I'm looking forward to receiving it in the mail. I notice that you add 70cm of contrast fabric to the supply list for the trim. Can I use pre-made bias tape instead? My local shop has an enormous range, and it makes things really easy. How wide do you cut the bias strips? I like to use 1.5" wide strips, because then they can be applied using my bias binding foot on the machine.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can do, Katie - 1.5in is perfect. Just bear in mind that you won't save more than a few cm of main fabric by buying the binding ready-made because of the bias cutting layout. But it will save you time! :)

      Delete
  5. I just made this out of cotton and I LOVE it! I am very curvy and the size I needed to make to accomdate 'the girls' and my hips left a gap in the back that I couldn't adjust out without losing the ability to pull over my shoulders. I added some elastic to the back and it now fits beautifully. This issue is completely due to my odd shape, I made it for my daughter and it fit perfectly as most patterns do. I'd like to make some more for myself (the pattern is a dream!) And was thinking that using a slinky jersy - maybe bamboo - would allow for the back alteration but still allow enough stretch to pull over.... do you have any recommendations for altering the pattern accomodate a knit?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Lisa, great idea to add elastic to the back! Next time try making a full bust adjustment to a smaller size. That way, hopefully you won't get the gapey back issue. See this post for details of how to do it :)

      I haven't tried Fifi in a knit yet, but I'd make it a little bit smaller all over for stretch, and zigzag/overlock seams as you'd normally do with a jersey rather than doing French seams. Our online workshop Learn to Sew Jersey Tops can show you tips and techniques on sewing jersey on a regular sewing machine in case you need it.

      Good luck!

      Delete
  6. I've made several Fifi shorts and I've got the fabric cut and stay-stitched for the camisole! I would die of happiness if you were willing to do a pattern hack post to make the camisole a chemise/nightie. I adored the one I saw on pinterest. Thank you for your hard work and fabulous patterns!
    - Jessica

    ReplyDelete

Feel free to chip in! Please don't comment anonymously though - you can leave your email if you don't have an OpenID. Comments on older posts are moderated for spam so won't show up immediately.