You know that saying quality over quantity and how we want to make that a priority with our sewing this year? Do you think that if you sew a quantity of the same thing that the quality can get better? Can it work like that? I believe it can. This week I got to sewing that full-band bra that I was writing about last week. Élan Pattern #625 I just knew that we were going to be bossom buddies from here on out. The pattern is fantastic, I’m just so pleased with what came off my sewing machine this week, I have been busting to show you- bad boob references and all. The set above was made from this thrifted top and some left-overs of stretch satin. I thought the fabric would make a lovely set and I can’t find anything remotely interesting in Spotlight with stretch that took my fancy. I threw it in the washing machine then got to sewing. I made a muslin first and found the area’s I needed to adjust were the joining seams between the upper and lower cups; I had the shear off the middle section a couple of mm and then made this adjustment to my paper traced pattern, next was the back band; I have a broad back so I needed to add 1.5cm to each piece, this is done in the centre of the pattern piece and not on the end where the hook and eye goes. I couldn’t find powernet/mesh anywhere apart from online so I settled for a soft stretch tulle, and lined the cups and band with it. Perfect. The fit is spot-on I wish i could show you, I’m just not that game you’ll just have to trust me. The knickers have been cut from my purchased Ohh LuLu pattern. I have re-drafted these for a better fit for me adding another inch to the top and back waist line. I placed a length of hat elastic halfway down the back to form a pretty gather. The crotch is lined in black jersey too. I found a packet of bows to complement the set. I’m super stoked.
My next set was made with stretch plush velvet found on sale and soft stretch tulle along with a scrap of stretch satin for the knickers and upper cups. I wanted to make the band on the bra a little higher almost like a bra-lette. All my sets have boning on the sides and underwires, I like the extra support. I did the same gather on these knickers with the hat elastic. You can’t really see but I have sewn the trim onto of the stretch velvet then cut away the fabric from the inside revealing skin. Very ohh lala. Here’s a pic of the knickers and bra a little closer-up and the insides of the bra. That jar of mixed buttons sure has come in handy, adding those little details really make the pieces extra special I think.
I know, I’m on a roll here and I’m also on holidays, so when the kiddies have had enough of me I can retire to my thread den and get lost in my little sewing world, I love that world. I love this set. Lincraft had a 50%Off all fabric sale so I slid on in to look around, I’m never impressed with their fabric range and they’re pricey but what I did discover was their broad range of elastics and bra supplies. My Spotlight sells bra-casing in a packet, half a metre for $5, Lincraft 99c a metre. So it’s a matter of shopping around for me. I found this gorgeous printed woven satin and thought it would look great in a set. So I got to making another bra with the higher band and two pairs of knickers. The modified Ohh LuLu’s and a self drafted high-waisted pair which took 3 prototypes to perfect.
Don’t be freaked out at the size of these babies they look smashing on, very classy. I love how the print of the fabric blends into black at the crotch and makes it look continuous, the small things amuse me. I had some vintage self covered buttons hanging around so I covered them in a magenta satin to add a nice touch. The jersey is lovely and soft and so so comfortable. I think If I were to make this in spandex it could pass as a swimsuit. So, I call this a very successful week of sewing. The quality? not too shabby if I say so myself.
On an unrelated subject, I’ve been experiencing some issues with my blogs bandwidth, I’m trying to rectify this with my host and I’m learning a great deal of stuff too, like, how people can steal your content and images and use your bandwidth without you even knowing which then, you have to pay for or that this could just be a popular blog and I should maybe consider renting out my side bar to advertisers. Either way it’s causing me grief, I want to make sure it’s not being stolen first and foremost. Thanks in advance for understanding. See you next week.