After spreading a nasty Twitter virus around the sewing world and beyond earlier last week I’m pretty sure you all know by now that I do not possess a funny picture of you all. Arrr so sorry about that one. Let me spam you instead with some bra and knicker sets. I am slowly venturing into making bra’s for others which is a little daunting to say the least but I am determined to get my head around it all. Oh yes I am.
First off my Janome is this sweet set made from the above thrifted top made for my daughter. The top does absolutely nothing for me but I could totally see it sewn into bra and knickers. The fabric is really good quality, a thickish, soft, sturdy stretch lace at $3.99, Perfect!. Shopping thrifted RTW clothes to make sets from is quickly becoming my favourite thing to do, stretch lace dresses hello!! something I never would of looked twice at are being dreamed up into sets. This mauve set I made earlier was made from a thrifted top too and it’s so damn comfortable.
This bra is the Classic Pin-up Girls bra pattern, my first go making this pattern. I made up a mock-up bra for her to try on and found that I needed to adjust the width of the band making it wider and adjust the seam on the cups closer to the arms shirring off a couple of mm for a good fit. I made these changes to her paper pattern and then started cutting into this fabric.
I’m loving this picot elastic and the softer the better. The cradle is of course interfaced and all pieces are lined in a soft stretch nylon mesh with casing and underwires. My daughter said she could feel the hook and eye irritating her back so I placed a piece of the soft underwire channeling over the join which stopped the fabric from rubbing and irritating.
I loved how this sweet set turned out. They fit her like a dream, showering me with hugs saying how very very comfortable they are. Yay! A bit more sewing practice with this little sewing pattern and I’m good to go.
This little set is all woven fabric with the cradle/bridge interfaced and cut on the straight and the cups and band cut on the bias all lined in a soft nylon mesh. The fit of the bra looks and feels great on her. The knickers (Amerson) were downloaded from Madalynne’s free PDF pattern available here. Thanks Maddie. Instead of printing the pattern out on A4 bits of paper I placed the PDF into Illustrator and placed it all together and pressed print on the large digital printer at work; Love doing that! Using my inner sewing intuition I cut the large out for my daughter who is a small, if I were to cut the small I don’t think the gathering ratio would of worked out. They fit good, the centre back seam needs to be raised because they sit too low other than that they’re super cute.
Why is the back different to the front? guess? yes I ran out of fabric, I went back to Spotlight and pulled the place a part to no avail, it is a shame. I did find panda’s at least.
The perfect teen set don’t you think? my daughter loves this set she’s been swanning about the house in it like nobodies business. Perfect for these hot days we are experiencing lately.
The insides are looking neater and neater as I go, it’s the channeling that I want to improve on, it’s like sewing blind and when you turn the bra over it’s either no good or a winner. I was staring at Amy’s new polka dot bra last night and I’m just in awe of her impeccable finishing skills, something I’m hoping I’ll eventually acquire after much practice. How about you, have you tried sewing a bra? what’s on your sewing table at the moment? I have some serios blog reading to catch up on.
Today I received an email stating that my little blog has been nominated for Voices of 2013. I’m super excited because it’s kind of a big deal. It’s so nice to be recognised and appreciated and yes, yes, yes of course you can still vote for me, just head on over and tick some boxes, the creative section is where you’ll find me, how cool would that be if I won something because of you guys expressing your interest in what I do here? and of course I voted for myself who wouldn’t?
Hope you’re all having a great weekend. I’ve got some serious sewing to do, and the end of a book to finish see you next weekend.