The Seamwork’s Savannah


All seems a bit familiar? πŸ˜‰ Well, seeing as my last efforts turned out looking more like nightwear than outerwear, I thought I might as well have a go at making some deliberate nightwear. It was also a good excuse to use up some leftover fabric and attempt another Seamwork pattern at the same time- this time the Savannah.

Savannah is described as an ‘elegant camisole’ and is designed for ‘nearly any lightweight fabric’ from silk to Swiss dot. In the small print it also stated that you could even use it for knits, so a plan was hatched. I just about had enough fabric, but as you can see I had to cut the back piece in two halves. If I’d have had more fabric I also would have attempted to ‘match’ the dots a bit more evenly (dots aren’t a pattern I’d have thought you’d ever have to match up, so you always learn something). My husband printed this out on his computer at work, as ours was on the blink at the time, and luckily I checked the test square first. Sure enough it had come out too small, so I erred on the cautious side and opted for a size 4, which worked out well.

It was a fairly simple pattern and the main body came together easily as my overlocker and I have (probably temporarily) made up. However the instructions were not specifically designed for knits (except for the odd, additional, bracket-ed comment). I didn’t quite know how to hem the ‘pointed’ bits where the bodice met the straps. I got quite frustrated with myself, as this seemed like a relatively simple job, but the light-weight material made it pretty fiddly. I didn’t have any stretch lace either Β to cover it up with. The lace I’d used on my Agnes was pretty stiff in fact, so rather than overlaying it, I simply attached it on top, with plenty of rows of machine stitching to keep it in place. In the end it didn’t look too bad at all πŸ™‚

I don’t possess a loop turner, so I attempted to turn the straps inside out with the next best thing I had: a knitting needle. I really wouldn’t recommend this method though. It worked eventually, but I was left with a couple of holes in the fabric where it had poked through. It’s a good job I’m pretty short, so I was easily able to trim these bits off… I also found sewing the straps on pretty fiddly. In the end I attached them at their base on my regular machine to secure them, but then aligned them to the ‘pointed’ bits (is there a technical word for these bits?) by hand which worked well.

It’s a lovely, soft fabric, so ideal for nightwear, but it was pretty difficult to photograph well. These are the ‘best’ of a bad bunch. As I said in my last post, this colour does my complexion absolutely no favours…


And clearly the bra straps really aren’t helping… Next up I clearly need some pj bottoms to match and I’ve been dreaming of attempting underwear for a while, so maybe even a bed-bra? Seamworks did a lovely one recently, although they described it as a casual or yoga bra. Not supportive enough for daywear for me, but might just work for bed? I have some small pieces of this material left, but need to invest in some stretch lace and other lingerie paraphernalia. We’ll see…


43 thoughts on “The Seamwork’s Savannah

  1. You did a grand job – CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    The lace is what really makes it stand out, in my humble opinion.
    Do you have any small safety pins? I keep a couple of varying sizes stuck into my pin cushion for turning & similar chores for when I’m too lazy to get up and pull out one of my bodkins. πŸ˜‰

  2. ooo, very nice indeed. Glad to see this worked out so well as I just did a bit of a wardrobe review and realised I could do with a few nice, dressy camisoles (which, following my solemn no RTW vow I have to make). Seeing that this pattern works with knits I might just get round to purchasing it!

  3. this looks lovely and drapey and ideal for nightwear! also this is a great colour for pyjamas so even if the colour doesnt work for day wear…! and as curls and skirls said – safety pins FTW! hope you and the overlocker keep up the ceasefire πŸ˜›

    • Thanks for the tip. I’ve been reading about others’ adventures in sewing underwear with envy, so I figure as long as I start with something easy… Love Ladybird’s recent round-up tips too, did you see that post?

  4. How great is this! To me the spots look higgledy-piggledy enough to not need matching. I love the lace around the top. I think you should invest in a loop turner! I have one and it’s annoying when the little catch doesn’t hold on to the fabric, but when it works it’s fantastic and so satisfying!!

  5. Oh, I love this! The lace trim looks so great on this cami. I haven’t tried this pattern yet but I’d like to eventually. I am also curious about that lounge bra from Seamwork. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on it if you make it. I have absolutely no stash of lingerie fabrics so I’d have to do some shopping to make it.

    • Thanks Teri, I’d love to make one in silk but I suspect a little beyond my skill set for now. I’m planning on treating myself to some underwear starter packs once I get paid. I’m hoping I’ll be able to manage it, fingers crossed…

  6. Great use of the last of your lovely fabric and a new pattern. I can see the pattern being used again and again in the future. Quite a minefield you’ve opened up there, starting into lingerie!

    • I’m really impressed with design of it, so yes I can see a whole drawer full of these. But I need a little support underneath (I usually buy the style with ‘built-in’ support, so definitely worth a try πŸ™‚

  7. You did a great job! It’s always a challenge getting the PDF pattern right. I have two “turners” one’s metal and puts holes in everything. The other plastic and very bendable. I don’t know what possessed me to buy the second metal one? I love the lace added on. Do you have enough fabric and lace to make bottoms?

  8. This looks lovely and perfect for sleeping in! A loop turner is well worth investing in – you don’t need it often but it’s very handy when you do! Looking forward to seeing what you make with the leftovers. πŸ™‚

  9. It’s really pretty, the lace trim is perfect and the loops look faultless from a distance! I’ve often thought about getting a loop turner as this is the part of construction I loathe due to the fiddliness of it all.

    • Thank you. Itching to go on a fabric spree to buy some matching fabric to make bottoms from, but trying to hold out to the end of the month… The knitting needle method was not the best, think a loop turner next time.

  10. Apologies for whatever I just commented πŸ˜– if I say I’m typing on a train maybe it’ll excuse it?!
    This looks like a great make! Well fitting and very wearable, bet you will get loads of use out of it πŸ™‚

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