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March Sewing Challenge Inspo: Lingerie Looks as Everyday Wear

This month, we are hosting a Sewing Challenge on Instagram that challenges you make something that goes along with three fashion trends we’re in love with for spring. The three fashion trends we highlighted are:

The one that really speaks to me is Sheer & Lingerie Looks (or Lingerie as Everyday Wear.) As a sewist and someone who is surrounded by fabric everyday, I enjoy lace and more delicate fabrics but rarely use them in my sewing projects. I don’t sew lingerie that often, but the idea of lingerie as everyday wear got me thinking. The looks don’t have to be over the top or super revealing. They can be tasteful and modest without looking like you’re running around outside with your underwear on! It's also not an unfamiliar trend. For those of us that remember the 90s, the slip dress was a big thing! Just google "90s Slip Dress" and you will find plenty of photos of people in slip dresses.

Of course there are other looks beside the slip dress that could fit into this category. I rounded up a few sewing patterns that, with a little thought and fabric choice, will achieve the lingerie look without looking like you shouldn’t be wearing it outside the house. 

1) Madalynne x Simplicity 9729

This one is a personal favorite and I plan to make it as inspiration for you all! It comes in size XS-5X and features a long and mid-length slip dress as well as a half slip. The long and mid-length slip dress could be easily worn on its own on a hot summer day. Or wear a turtleneck underneath for a cool weather look or if you want to have a modest look. The half slip could also be used as a regular skirt pattern. There are sew along video tutorials that are helpful as well!

2) Saltwater Slip from Friday Pattern Co.

The Saltwater Slip from Friday Pattern Co has 90s vibes! It comes in size XS-7X with cup options. It is a simple slip dress with adjustable straps and two length options. The tea length comes with side slits. It also has an optional side tie to add waist shaping. 

Both of the above patterns recommend silky type fabrics such as charmeuse, crepe de chine and silky wovens. We have some beautiful deadstock silky-type fabrics right now that would be perfect for an everyday look:

3) Lawren Bodysuit from Madalynne Intimates

Madalynne Intimates is back on the list with the Lawren Bodysuit which is from the house line of patterns. It can easily be made from various fabrics to create an everyday look. It can even be made from swimwear knits for a fun swimsuit! There are some awesome makes I found on Instagram using this pattern in an everyday way including unique bodysuits, dresses and more. Search #lawrenbodysuit and #lawrenbodysuithack for a ton of inspiration! (This pattern is available in sizes XS-4X.)

4) Ogden Cami from True Bias

This pattern is much more common in everyday wear, but can crossover too. It's very popular in the online sewing community and there are pattern hacks available too. It’s available in two size ranges 0-18 and 14-30.

With a little imagination, you can bring almost any lingerie pattern to life for an everyday look.

Which pattern are you going to try? Is there a lingerie-inspired pattern that you would like to use to create a look for the March Sewing Challenge?

Makes must be made and posted on Instagram between March 1-31, 2023. Tag @fabricmart and use #fmsewingchallenge to be entered. One entry per person.


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