When Kristin and I first sat down to talk about the Show Off Your Skivvies Challenge, we did a lot of thinking about what patterns we liked and how they were presented. As a long-time fan of Colette Patterns, my mind was immediately drawn to Sarai’s beautiful patterns, realistic models, and classic aesthetic. Specifically, I thought about the lingerie patterns offered, and the way they were presented: not over-sexualized or skimpy. They’re classy, wearable, and modeled by women with realistic bodies.
We reached out to Sarai to get her views on Colette’s lingerie patterns, models, and skivvy-sewing. Here’s what she had to say…
Why did you decide to start designing your own patterns?
Do you spend a lot of time brainstorming new design ideas, or do you find that the right inspiration just hits you?
We are very attracted to the look of both the Nutmeg and Cinnamon patterns; however, it seems like there are far fewer photos in the flickr group and on the Colette Patterns forum of these patterns than of other patterns. Are they generally less-popular patterns, or do you think that sewists are just more hesitant to model these patterns?
Do you plan to release any more patterns for lingerie or intimate-apparel?
Really striking beauty comes from standing out, not looking like every model in every photo. Even if you don’t consider yourself beautiful in the traditional sense, you can be beautiful by celebrating your uniqueness, by loving your body, loving your quirks, and loving your own style. Women who do that absolutely radiate.
You’ve made your own bras and showcased them on the Coletterie. Is this something you’ve continued to do and enjoy?
Any words of encouragement to those participating in the challenge who may be hesitant to show off?
Also, don’t forget to check out Kristin’s interview (and coupon) with Sarah of Ohhh Lulu!