Hello my lovely readers! Today I bring you my first ever unboxing/review! If you haven’t been able to tell from the title of this blogpost yet, I partnered with Madalynne Intimates to review her new bralette bra kit and pattern for the 8711!
This is her first kit + pattern combo (sold separately) and her first mono-wire design! And if you’re like me and had no idea what a mono-wire was, go check out her website to read all about them 😉
So, like everything I write a blog post for, I of course have to film a video *duh*. So, below this little paragraph is my unboxing of the 8711 and another one of her designs that comes in a kit, the Barette Bralette! If you want to give me a like/comment/subscribe, you can totally click here to visit my channel and watch all of my other videos while you’re at it 🤗
Okay, okay so now the review.. dun dun dun..
Jk, let’s get into it! So when I first measured myself to find out what mono-wire I needed, I measured at a 30D. Which I thought was totally weird and wouldn’t fit me because I wear a 32C, but I emailed Madalynne and she reassured me about the fit and the size to cut and yes, in the end it did turn out to fit me extremely well! I would also take her suggestion of cutting a band size up (which I didn’t do)! I was confused about my size vs the mono-wire size vs the size I had to cut haha but I suggest forgetting about what size you wear commercially for this project!
I chose the blush pink kit because I wanted something that was discreet enough to wear if I wanted to wear it to work or a more formal occasion. I thought the lacey pink and black version would be too sexy for something like that but omg no!! There are a ton of pictures on Madalynne’s Instagram of beautiful ladies wearing their lace version from a workshop that she held recently! If I make this again, I’m definitely going to make a lace version haha.
This bralette is honestly the best of both worlds. It has a mono-wire which is super comfortable and makes it more comfortable for women with a larger bust to wear a super cute bralette. Even for people like me with a smaller chest, I think it’s great! Sometimes I hate wearing bralettes because they’re so tight (to you know, hold you in), so I sometimes prefer a regular bra. The 8711 is not only supportive, but comfortable, lightweight and stylish.
This would also be a great project for a beginner to intermediate sewer because this project is quick and let me tell you, when you’re able to put that mono-wire through and it takes shape into a bra, it is so satisfying! I’ve never had such a satisfying project in that short of time sewing it haha. Not to mention, once I sewed the channeling, I might’ve put the mono-wire in because I thought I had to until I later read “now you can insert the mono-wire” 🤦🏻♀️
One thing I do suggest is to have one of your bras handy for the strap and hook & eye portion next to you! For some reason I read the hook & eye portion backwards and had to rip stitch 😅 but it was all good.
So, in conclusion, I love this kit, pattern and final product. I think it would be great to wear everyday, on a special occasion 😉 or even… a boudoir shoot! Honestly I’ve been thinking about how perfect this bra and panty set would be for a boudoir shoot haha.
P.S. I definitely recommend the Odif’s 505 spray adhesive for this project! Just don’t be like me and spray the right side of your fashion fabric to the lining 😂 that was a pain to fix!
Happy crafting loves!
Disclaimer: I am not being paid to post this! All opinions are my own and I was sent the 8711 kit for free to review and unbox 😊
Materials: for XS
3 skeins color A
1 skein color B (even if doing large size you still might only need 1 skein. I did a version with 103 stitches around and was able to do 20 rows of stripe and still have some left over)
Several pieces of scrap yarn to test fit and size as you go and to hold arm stitches when working the body
7 regular stitch markers and 1 different stitch marker
Size 15 32” circular needles
Size 15 16” circular needles
OPTIONAL size 13 32” circular needles and size 13 16” circular needles if you want the ribbing to cinch
XS – Extra Small
S – Small
M – Medium
L – Large
K – Knit
P – Purl
YO – Yarn Over
CO – Cast On
PM – Place Marker
TOG – Together
BO – Bind Off
XS (S, M, L)
CO 47 (49, 51, 53) Stitches with 32″ circulars and use bind off method to join. Place 1 different stitch marker
Rows 1-4: K1 P1 ribbing. (Or 1.5”) *you can use size 13 needles if you want the ribbing to cinch*
Yoke (increases for armholes)
Row 1: K2, PM, YO, K 14 YO, PM, K2, PM, YO, K 5 YO, PM, K2, PM, YO, K 14 YO, PM, K2, PM, YO, K 5 YO.
Row 2: Purl all stitches including YO’s
Row 3: K2, YO after marker is moved to right needle, K to next Marker, YO, K2, YO after marker is moved to right needle, K to next marker, YO, K2, YO after marker is moved to right needle, K to next Marker, YO, K2, YO after marker is moved to right needle
Rows 4-17 (21, 25, 29): Repeat rows 2 & 3.
Row 18 (22, 26, 30): Purl all stitches including YO’s
**End of Yoke/Shoulder Increases**
Divide for Sleeves and Body:
K to first marker, remove marker, K to next marker, remove marker, K1, place next stitch on scrap yarn, remove marker, place stitches from here to next marker on same holder, remove marker, place 1 stitch on same holder, tie scrap yarn in a loop so no stitches fall off, CO or YO 1 onto right needle, K to marker, remove marker, K to next marker, remove marker, K1, place next stitch on scrap yarn, remove marker, place stitches from here to next marker on same holder, remove marker, place 1 stitch on same holder (will have to remove marker that signifies start of round, place 1 stitch on holder and put marker back on left needle), CO or YO 1 onto right needle, tie scrap yarn in a loop so no stitches fall off.
Row 1 (color B): P1, P2 TOG, P to next CO or YO under other stitches on holder, P the CO/YO, P2 TOG, P to beginning.
Row 2 (color B): K
Row 3 (color B): P
Rows 4-11(color B): repeat rows 2 and 3
Row 12 (color A): K
Row 13 (color A): P
Rows 14-21 (color A): repeat rows 12 and 13
Row 22 (color B): K
Row 23 (color B): P
Rows 24-31(color B): repeat rows 22 and 23
Row 32 (color A): K
Row 33 (color A): P
Rows 34-41 (color A): repeat rows 32 and 33
Row 42 (color A): K
Row 43 (color A): P
Rows 44-51 (color A): repeat rows 42 and 43
Rows 52-56: K1 P1 Ribbing. (Or 1.5”)
Sleeves (make 2) 16″ circulars
Pick up stitches so that you begin at the top of the shoulder and not the armpit. Also make sure that the right side of the sweater is facing you and not the inside (see video for better description). Also pick up 3 (3, 4, 4) stitches along the armpit (there should be a gap in stitches here).
Row 1: Knit to exact middle stitch (count and divide by 2) also don’t knit the middle stitch. PM, K1, PM, K to beginning.
BELOW WEBSITE IS HOW TO CALCULATE THE SLEEVE!
Row 2: Purl to 2 STS before marker, P2TOG, move marker, P1, move marker, P2TOG, purl to beginning
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Rows 5-9: repeat rows 3 & 4
Row 10: Purl to 2 STS before marker, P2TOG, move marker, P1, move marker, P2TOG, purl to beginning
Row 11: Knit
Row 12: Purl
Rows 13-17: repeat rows 11 & 12
18: Purl to 2 STS before marker, P2TOG, move marker, P1, move marker, P2TOG, purl to beginning
Row 19: Knit
Row 20: Purl
Rows 21-26: repeat rows 20 & 21
27: Knit to 2 STS before marker, P2TOG, move marker, P1, move marker, P2TOG, purl to beginning
Row 28: Purl
Row 29: Knit
Rows 30-35: repeat rows 28 & 29
36: Purl to 2 STS before marker, P2TOG, move marker, P1, move marker, P2TOG, purl to beginning
Row 37: Knit
Row 38: Purl
Rows 39-44: repeat rows 37 & 38
45: Knit to 2 STS before marker, P2TOG, move marker, P1, move marker, P2TOG, purl to beginning
Row 46: Purl
Row 47: Knit
Rows 48-52: repeat rows 46 & 47
Rows 53-56: *K1 P1* repeat * to * until end of each round.
Weave in ends!