Bella II

This week I’ve sewn up my second pair of Bella knickers with this gorgeous kit I purchased from Evie La Luve. Read about my first here.

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The Bella pattern is designed to be ultra low rise, so I decided to adapt the pattern to lift the waist band a little. There may well be a different correct way of altering the pattern, but this is the way I altered it to get a little more coverage, without changing the size of the waist band or the cut round the legs and crotch as I was happy with that. Here is the shape of the original pattern piece, with the waist band drawn on in red.

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I lifted that line up without changing it’s shape by a couple of cm.

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Next I looked at each end of that new line, it needs to meet the front and back seam at right angles so that the waist band lies flat.

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And then using a french curve at the back, and a ruler at the front I drew in new front and back seams.

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Then I sewed them up as before, and here are my finished knickers.

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Here you can see the difference in size between my new and original pattern. The lace on the red pattern is a little softer and stretchier which is why they look a bit wider, but the waist is notably higher.

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Also after my first pair I switched from a regular zigzag (in green) to a 3 step zigzag (in purple), in my opinion the 3 step looked much nicer and I have used that since.

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I love this big bow included in the kit.

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I’m really happy with how the adapted pattern fit and feel, definitely a wardrobe staple and I have several other pairs in the pipeline. The only disadvantage is that I do need slightly wider lace to make the knickers from, alas, I will have to go lace shopping 🙂

 

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