I was quite taken with the grub roses kbenco has been embroidering onto her knits, and was inspired to follow suit... so for my latest lingerie set I delved deep into my memory banks and dredged up a few rusty ol embroidery skills...
There is a single fat little bumblebee on each item.
Tres cute, no?!
The bra pattern is KwikSew 3300 (my review of this pattern here), and the two pairs of matching undies are made using my swimwear pattern, McCalls 2772 view E. Yup, exactly the same as my previous set.
I used a soft ivory cotton knit from Spotlight. It is absolutely lovely stuff, but I have only the smallest issue, in that the fabric only stretches one way, so while it all fits just fine it is ever so slightly less easy and comfy than my grey jersey set. I positioned the pieces so the stretch went where it counts, but I definitely feel a bit more firmly held in place, so to speak. Maybe that's a good thing.... :)
The fabric is quite soft and spongy, almost with a brushed quality; so to embroider my bees onto those fronts of the undies with just that single layer of the fabric, I ironed a small square of iron-on interfacing onto the back where I wanted my bees positioned. Then I embroidered the bees, and then ironed a second small square of iron-on interfacing over the back for a neat finished look, ironing carefully so as not to squash the embroidery too much. I realise the second squares will probably disappear in the wash some day, that iron-on stuff is notoriously prone to unsticking pretty quick. But it will be fine for a while and I can always iron on a new patch. The bra joiner bit, having a piece of woven cotton as interfacing sandwiched between the two layers of knit, was easy to embroider on just as is.
For the top-stitching I tried out another of my machine's decorative stitches... I like how those jagged spikes sorta references a row of bee's stings. It's funny, I use these decorative stitches on my machine like, barely once in a blue moon? and now I've used them twice in the past month! A record!
Oh, and in response to an email question from Sue... thank you for the interest Sue! I do all my sewing on these two machines, and in the picture of my Janome in that post you might just be able to make out the small selection of embroidery stitches I have on my machine. It's not a fancy machine at all, but it has served me very well for me for many many years and has everything I could want in a sewing machine :)