The Aurora Hipster Patterns

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Please note that I received this pattern free for testing.

This month I was lucky enough to test the brand new Aurora Hipster panties from Zazie patterns, now available on Etsy.

They sit low on the hips and are quite a cheeky cut over the bum, so to speak. There are 3 different backs to choose from a ruched back, lace back and a cut out heart option. I decided to try the lace back and ruched back knickers. They are made from a stretch fabric such as a knit or stretch lace and use FOE.

My hips measure at 40″ which mean I cut a size XL. A long time ago I learnt to stop being vain about what size I am on sewing patterns and to just trust the measurements.

The instructions come with really great pictures which I found very helpful and including cutting it probably took me about an hour to sew each pair, maybe longer as I seem to spend a long time choosing what elastics and lace to use. As I wanted to test the fit, for these pairs I used some fabrics in my stash rather than buying anything new.

First up are the ruched pair, they are probably my favourite as I love the effect on the stretch velvet, they feel a little luxurious.

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On this trial pair the elastic used for the ruching went slightly off centre at the top; my tip to avoid this is to draw a line in chalk/removable pen so you can keep track of where the middle is. The photos make it look more wonky than they are in real life.

The other pair I made have a lace back.

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The lace backed version have a little more bum coverage.

The knickers are a good fit, the sizing is good and the instructions are easy to follow. I’ve already made another couple of pairs and they look great and are lovely and comfortable.

One thing to note is that if you want to use knicker elastic rather than fold over elastic you need to add on some extra seam allowance, this is not an issue as there are instructions on how to do it, but I kept forgetting! As a personal preference I would rather it was provided and cut it off than add it on, but this is only because I am quite forgetful.

You can see other peoples makes on instagram, search #zaziepatterns and #aurorahipsterpanties.

Thank you Réka, I like my panties!

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The Mystery Marlborough

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I don’t know what it is about putting the word mystery in front of a product, but suddenly I want it so badly! I get so excited at the end of every month in anticipation for my mystery box from Bodils Wear to arrive. It costs me about £25 every month (you pay monthly no obligation) and you will receive a surprise box of lingerie making goodies that have been selected together . I have be a customer for 4 months now, and have been delighted every time. In fact May’s has just arrived and I am super excited- watch this space. (No I’m not being sponsored by her!)

Anyway I don’t like to post too early about them as I might ruin someone’s surprise but here was last months contents which was spring themed.

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Everything I needed to make an underwired bra. The lace is non stretch and the two white fabrics are a lining and a power mesh. When you subscribe you can choose to have wide notions or thin, I choose wide as I need some hard core elastics to keep the girls in check. Everything  is always beautiful quality.

I chose to make a modified version of the Marlborough bra by Orange Lingerie. It has gone through several generations of modifications to get a good fit and shape and now it is really comfortable to wear. I considered making another Angie bra but the lace was so lovely and delicate looking I wanted a continuous run of the lace edge.

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It sewed up pretty quickly as these days I know what I am doing. I’ve used lilac thread to top stitch the front, with white bobbin thread.

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The lining is very soft and I’ve used the stitch and flip method to hide all the raw edges on the inside.

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As I wanted to match the lace placement both sides, and as a larger cup size does use more of the lace, I don’t have huge pieces of lace left; but I intend to make some matching undies with pieces of lace, some knicker elastic included in the kit and some white power mesh I already own, which is less firm and therefore more suited to knickers.

One of the things I love about this bra and the mystery box is I probably wouldn’t have chosen this lace myself, but I absolutely love the bra and how fresh and bright the colours are. I love wearing it, it’s super comfortable and perfect for spring and for garments I have that need something a little more subtle under them.