Thoroughly Modern Maddy

Does anyone here have favourite sayings? Because I have a couple: “short and sweet”, “better late than never”…and today’s post is going to be both of those things! I try to stick to a rough posting schedule of once a week on Thursday, but this week – well, things got away from me a bit. This was the last week of my mid-year break, so there’s been a lot to do! Also it was my not-so-little-now-sister’s birthday, there’s been a lot of last minute sewing going on…(which I can’t wait to share!)

Anyway, I’ve had these done for a little while now, and I’ve finally gotten myself organised enough to share them – proudly presenting Marlborough #3…and the matching Alice tap pants!

Coral Marlborough Bra

Coral Alice Tap Pants

Isn’t the lace divine? I love the coral-y/salmon-y colour, and it’s really soft and delicate, not stretch but with quite a bit of give. The best part? It was a $2 remnant! There’s still heaps of it left, so expect to see it popping up again in the future. The elastics came from a Merckwaerdigh findings kit – AND OH MY GOD, I CANNOT GET OVER THAT MATCH. It’s so spot on, it’s like they were dyed together. I was really happy with the quality of straps and elastics of this kit – the only thing I subbed in were some gold rings and sliders from my stash; I just think they give a much nicer finish than the included plastic ones.

Coral Marlborough Bra Coral Marlborough Bra

I’ve not much really to say about the bra – for this version, I altered my back piece properly with a slash-and-spread, instead of just cutting a little extra like I did last time. The band is now a perfect fit. I assembled using my usual method (tutorial coming soon) that allows me to conceal all seams. The back is cut a little lower too, in this one; just because I was using a two hook closure – and I really like it ๐Ÿ™‚ The little rose trim is from my stash (and I can’t even tell you how much I love these, I always want to sew them on everything).

The Alice panties pattern was released in Ohhh Lulu’s latest line of patterns. They’re inspired by the cute, flouncy tap pants worn as undergarments in the 1920s, but with a modern twist; they’re less full and sit low on the hips, so they’re less fussy than the traditional style. I had originally intended to draft a pair of 1940s style full circular knickers to make from this lace (from the Sew Vera Venus tutorial), but then I decided I wanted something a little simpler for this set. This pattern was the perfect answer! Like the other Ohhh Lulu pattern I’ve sewn, the fit is spot on, the pattern well-drafted and the instructions clear. I didn’t really follow them closely, as I wasn’t using lace for the leg holes or fold-over elastic for the waist; I used regular picot elastic for the waist band and rolled hems on the leg holes. Worked like a charm! They’re quite cute and comfy…maybe not the underwear to go under skinny jeans, but under full skirts and dresses? No problem ๐Ÿ™‚

Coral Alice Tap Pants Coral Alice Tap Pants

I love this set! Now that I’ve got the fit on the Marlborough fit right, it’s such a temptation to keep sewing them one after another! I think it’s time to try something new though…and I have so many nice kits and remnants to use (I picked up a burgundy velvet remnant the other day, and boy, am I excited to sew that up)! But there’s always a million projects in my queue – I have a ball gown to finish, a slip/nightgown/pj set to sew up (I’ve not decided which one yet!), a pencil skirt and cigarette pants (from Gertie’sย books!) and many, many more! But what’s in your queue at the moment? I love knowing what people are working on!

Coral Lingerie Set

One final exciting piece of news: I now have over 100 followers, on WordPress, Feedly and Bloglovin’ (and 50 Pinterest followers)! I’m honestly so excited about this; thank you all for your lovely comments, likes and support so far. I’m planning a special little something to celebrate (which I totally meant to have ready for the occasion, but the recent followers spike caught me a bit unawares), so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x


  1. Elizsews · July 26, 2015

    Well done Maddy, absolutely love the colour of this set……can’t wait to see the results of your next sewing adventure.

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    • Miss Maddy · July 28, 2015

      Thank you! I hope you enjoyed the sneak preview of the next post last Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Kathy · July 26, 2015

    I LOVE this set!! The color and fabric is so pretty. Now I want to buy that Ohh Lu Lu pattern. Just so pretty!

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    • Miss Maddy · July 28, 2015

      Yes, this was definitely a case of the fabric inspiring the project (also, I have a remnant addiction). I like all of Ohhh Lulu’s patterns, but especially her underwear. All I’ve sewn so far have been cute AND comfortable!


  3. elainearmenta · July 27, 2015

    Right on maddy, it’s beautiful once again! I really love the salmon colored lace too! The tap pants are adorable. Those ohh lulu patterns are so cute. You’ve inspired me to purchase a cute pattern from them. Oh dear maddy, I’m spending to much money following you!

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    • Miss Maddy · July 28, 2015

      Thanks Elaine! My apologies haha – but at least we’re in the same boat! I tell myself if I wasn’t making all of this, I’d be buying it, which would probably be even more expensive ๐Ÿ˜› but Ohhh Lulu is, great, so happy sewing!


  4. Sofรญa · July 27, 2015

    That lace… OH THAT LACE! That lace is AMAZING!! The colour, the flowers… I’ve got a severe case of love at first sight! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The whole set is so so beautiful, and the little roses make it even more cute! If I saw it in a shop, I’d buy it without a second thought.
    And the tap pants are so nice, Ohhh Lulu patterns are great! My birthday is coming soon, so maybe I should treat myself with an early present! ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • Miss Maddy · July 28, 2015

      Aww thank you Sofia! That’s very sweet of you ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m definitely on board with the early-birthday-present idea…sadly mine has already come and gone so I’m a bit short on excuses – but maybe I can start buying (very) early Christmas presents?


  5. colormusing · July 28, 2015

    This color is so beautiful, and your set is just sensational! My Marlboroughs (bras 1 & 2) are still my favorites, and now you’ve inspired me to try an all-lace version! Gorgeous, Maddy!!

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    • Miss Maddy · July 28, 2015

      Thanks! I have to say, my all-lace bras really are my favourite ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to see how it turns out if you make one!

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  6. Michelle · July 28, 2015

    Gorgeous! Love the lace, and a remnant? How great is that?


    • Miss Maddy · July 29, 2015

      I know right?? Instantly made it 100 times lovelier haha (I may have a slight remnant addiction).

      Liked by 1 person

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  9. emeralderin · August 26, 2015

    I realized that I didn’t comment on this! How crazy of me! You’ve done an absolutely beautiful job – love those little Alice Panties- I really need to up my panty game, it always seems to be one of those ‘I guess I’ll get to it…. maybe after my next bra’ lol Also CONGRATS on the followers ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s so great to have you as part of the bra-making-bloggers community ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Miss Maddy · August 27, 2015

      Thanks so much Erin! Haha, I always try to make my matching underwear straight after the bra, other wise they fall straight to the bottom of the “to sew” pile (see: the two lonely Watsons in my draw without their match!). I’m so glad I started blogging in this community, everyone is so lovely and it’s such fun that I’ll never want to leave! ๐Ÿ˜€


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