How has your week been? did you hide away in your thread den and sew something new? did you challenge yourself a little? I’ve been taking it easy, it’s my last week of holidays and with the kiddies back at school I wanted to spend my week reading and going on little outings by myself, I managed to clean up my fabric stash too sorting things so I don’t spend an hour of my time searching for that little piece of what-not for a project. It feels good to be organised.
So with all that sorting I decided on making a new bra and knicker set from my scraps. After completing Amy’s Bra-making sew along—which was fantastic by the way!! (I highly recommend you bookmark if you’re planning on sewing your own bra. Everyone’s bra’s turned out fantastic, Amy’s round-up here.) I just can’t seem to pull myself away from making them. With this set I had everything on hand apart from the hook and eye, so it felt like it cost next to nothing to make. She’s not as fancy as my previous set but who doesn’t need a plan black set right? Because I’ve worked on perfecting the fit (and if you’re in the private Bra-making Sew along Flickr Group you can see how well my previous make fits-chuffed) this set took a lazy Saturday afternoon to complete.
Black is so damn hard to photograph don’t you think?
I’m only just realising how much you guys like to look at the insides of these things, so here’s the innards. Nice and neat with a stable interfaced cradle lined in a soft black tulle, seam lines on the cups finished with a dainty rolled hem then topstitched, lovely plush picot elastic and soft but sturdy elastic for the bra straps, casing and underwires too. She’s incredibly comfortable due to the soft stretch lace and I am loving soft cupped bra’s more and more, before making my own they were always foam; when you walk around a lingerie store foam domes are everywhere the soft cups are almost hidden away I’m sure this is because the foams look more appealing to the consumers eye all fake-like and perky hanging there for you to just walk into. I on the other hand headed straight to the soft cups inspecting all the elements until the shopkeeper caught me and said Ah, um do you need help? No, no not in this area thanks.
Matching knickers to complete the set. Stretch satin with a panel of stretch lace in the centre. Soon I will have handmade knickers and bra’s for everyday of the week. Handmade underneath the handmade, love that! Man I love to sew.
My birthday has come and gone and with some cash stashed I invested in these two fantastic lingerie making books by Jennifer Lynne (thanks to A Perfect Nose for the recommendation) they’re brilliant jam packed full of information from construction to pattern drafting, with the help of these books, and Beverly’s Bra Making Manual plus what I’ve already learnt I’m going to draft up a bra for my daughter, she’s a hard-to-find size so with all this help I’m positive I can make her a well fitting bra complete with super kawaii panda bears, Hello Kitty or something along those lines.
I’ve just washed this lot ready for some sewing. I purchased some linen and a linen crinkle blend too. I’m loving the earthy textures. I have a Vogue Pattern with one of those hideously styled models on the front? I know you guys know what I’m talking about if not head over to Lauren’s place for a catch up or just look at Vogue Patterns online catalogue. Anyways, I’m going to sew this particular pattern and put my spin on it.
…and just quickly are you on Vine? it’s like instagram has come to life it’s fantastic!! You get to explore the world in motion see how other people live etc. I made Ohh lulu’s Ginger-playsuit/swimsuit here , wandered my beautiful city and spied these great crochet trees. It’s loads of fun.
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