Bra making hints and help

One of the things that I’ve done quite a bit of lately is making my own bras. It’s one of those things I wanted to do ever since I saw an article in Threads magazine on the subject several years ago. This particular post focuses on the two that I’ve had the most success with, and those are 1) Orange Lingerie Marlborough bra and 2) Pin Up Girls Linda and Classic bra.

 

 

 

For the most part, bra sewing is pretty easy. You’ll be using a 1/4″ seam allowance no matter what pattern you use, so it’s important to make sure that you do maintain that amount throughout your sewing. Stitching a little bit off can result in the bra not fitting properly.

Above: Marlborough bras (Orange Lingerie) floral is unlined; pink is padded

 

 

Above:Pin-up Girls bras both unlined, Green is the”Classic”; floral is the”Linda”

 

There are plenty of resources out there on how to measure yourself, so I won’t go into that here. I will say to follow the pattern instructions when it comes to how to measure for the best fit. And just like garment sewing, forget about your RTW size because it could be different. So, just be open to that.

I found that it’s best to have all of your supplies ready (underwires, channeling, bows, hook/eye, etc.) cut and in a bag so they’re easily available before you begin. Getting those supplies is the hardest part since you can’t go into a regular fabric store and buy everything you need, so pre-planning is important. I have bought bra kits and bra foam from different resources. I have also purchased fabric from fabric.com [insert link] that is great for this.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell right-side from wrong-side depending on the fabric being used. So, I use stickers on the right side consistently until I have enough sewn to make it clear what’s right from wrong.

Also, it’s very important to make sure you have a right and left side cut and sewn. I can’t tell you how many times when I first started doing this that I had sewn the cups together, only to discover that I had two right sides! The only way to fix that mistake is to remove all the stitches and do it over again. But don’t get discouraged. Just like anything else, it takes some practice to get your stitching even and to get both left and right sides even. But the great this is, once you find the pattern (or patterns) you like, you can add bra foam (adds better coverage/modesty to the bra depending on the fabric) or use a variety of different fabrics to really have your own customized bra collection.

 

 

 

 

Most important follow the directions and have some fun! Making your own lingerie doesn’t take much fabric (or too much time) so if you have all of your supplies, you can do this in a few hours.

Here are a few of the places I’ve used to purchase my fabric and supplies: (*I am a fabric.com affiliate)

Material:

https://www.fabric.com/buy/0342347/stretch-charmeuse-satin-dark-fuchsia

https://tailormadeshop.com/

Patterns:

https://www.orange-lingerie.com/

http://www.sweetcupsbrasupply.com/

I have bought channeling, underwires and foam from different sources.

Lastly, really think about the look and feel you want. I like more full coverage so these patterns have worked for me. I also like the support they provide. Bralettes don’t offer much support, but they are cute and quick to make so keep that in mind. I also like the coverage that foam provides so this is good for T-shirt bras. And just like garment sewing, make a muslin first. You could save yourself a lot of heartache!

I hope all this information is helpful. So many sewists say they want to make there own bras/lingerie and never get to it. I was that way for years. Now that I feel much more confident about it, I keep trying new materials in combination with foam, without foam, color combinations, etc.

Have fun and happy sewing!

OOP Simplicity Dress 3773

Years ago when this pattern first came out, I made this top. I kept the pattern since it was always one of those things I liked. Well, fast forward 8 years or so and I decided the dress would be a great make for summer. The only thing is that since my size has changed, I needed to retrace the pattern, making it larger. So I did that as best I could and for the most part, it turned out well.

I could have (should have) made the bust area a bit bigger. The main objective was to increase this from a size 14 to 16. All in all, it’s very close to that.

This is made with a light-weight cotton gingham that is lined with a butter yellow batiste. The material is very thin and there definitely needed to be something to line this dress. Since I don’t often wear slips, I figured the best this was to make a lining.

If you have this pattern, I would say that it’s a very easy dress/top to make. I have also made the capris which have become a staple item in my wardrobe.

Until next time, I wish you all Sewlimitless possibilities…

Morgan Boyfriend Jeans

I have to say that I have made several pairs of jeans in the past using different patterns. This is the first time I was able to use a pattern pretty much right from the start with little to no alterations. Woo hoo! Once I got the sizing right, this pattern worked great.

As many of you are aware, “boyfriend” jeans have a more relaxed fit. Because of that, this pattern is sized for non-stretch denim. It’s also important to note that even non-stretch denim will stretch with wear.

What I used for these was just a medium weight, white denim. The only thing I changed with this particular pattern is I used a zipper, rather than the button fly front that the pattern calls for. I suggest using a 7″ zipper for this. That length seems to work best without being too short or having to be cut and made shorter.

This PDF pattern from Closet Case Patterns is definitely a keeper!

Easter dress with New Look 6000

Every year I at least try to make myself something new to wear for Easter. Well, this year, I actually got it done.

This is View E of the pattern. I was drawn to this pattern by the retro vibe of the style. This view, without the collar, has more of a boat-neck design. The material is stretch cotton. Although I can see it will get a bit wrinkly when I sit, I really like that melon color! This is one of very few solid color items I have in my wardrobe.

For the sleeve, I used these small, clear buttons I had.

This is a really nice dress that’s feminine without being fussy. It’s got very clean lines. The only thing I miss are pockets, but to add them would take away from the simplicity of the design I think.

So tell me, what’s on your sewing table this time of year?

#JeansChallenge Done!

During the month of March I participated in the jean-making challenge over in the #SewMuchTalentFBgroup. Since I had been thinking of making myself another pair of jeans anyway, I figured this was the perfect time to get it done. I used Vogue 8774 for this pair with some slight modifications.

The finished product came out pretty good, although there are some changes I would like to make. For example, the fly is on the “wrong side” for me. I’m right-handed and would have the zipper open on the other side. And although I did make a muslin to check the fit beforehand, I did quite a bit of downsizing to get the fit like I wanted.

But I have to admit this process is fun for me. I know that so many people are scared to even try to make a pair of pants, but it’s really not as frustrating as you might imagine (or it doesn’t have to be). Jeans are a bit more difficult/ time-consuming because there’s more pieces (usually) and they fit close to the body.

I’m currently working on another pair of jeans using a different pattern. I’ll let you know how that goes. Until then… Let me know what you all are up to. I’d love to hear from you!