Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sew Along: Lingerie

It's Katie with a new adventure!
For the month of February I will be doing a sew along for making lingerie.
I have never actually made lingerie, but I love pretty underthings. Especially vintage pretty underthings!

However, when I visit a gorgeous lingerie shop I often run into a few of the same problems each time:
1. They seem to NEVER make them in my size. Apparently the lace and silk beauties only start at a B cup. You see where this is going.
2. The price tag for a wonderful under set is about half a week's pay. And seeing how I'm getting very small items, I cannot justify the purchase.


So I think it is about time I do something about this!
Who's with me?!
I have to admit, I am rather nervous about making a bra. It seems so scary! So many notions! So many pieces! AH!
I decided to use the pattern Ginger Suit from the shop Ohhh Lulu 
Here are a bra and panties from her shop, are they not just adorable?
I think I have some pretty little pieces of fabrics I will use up from my stash I've been saving for a special project.

A few things to remember when choosing fabric is to make sure it will be washable.
I can imagine that taking your undies to the dry cleaners could potentionally be awkward.

Supplies needed include:
One yard of  4-way stretch knit and stretch lining
Two yards of 1/4" elastic and a half yard of soft band elastic
Sew in padded or soft bra cups


I chose a soft fuschia knit and white laceboth from remnant pieces at Fabric Mart
for my first attempt.
Once I get more familiar with the pattern and techniques I will test new fabrics.


I would recommend checking out our knit and lace selections for your project:



Here are a few other sites where you can find notions and materials:





Here we go!

5 comments:

  1. I have made slips and panties before but have never attempted a bra...could be interesting

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  2. ooohhhhh.... i may have to scrounge around for scraps so i can follow along. this is definitely on my "i need to try this" list!

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  3. Amy at clothhabit just finished a bra-making sew-along. She included tips for adjusting cups and band to get a custom fit as well as good info on underwires. It all worked like a charm for me, and I recently finished my first-ever bra. It really wasn't hard at all.

    If you'd like to reference any of Amy's posts for helpful info, the posts are compiled here:
    http://clothhabit.com/bramaking-sew-along/

    I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes for you!

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  4. I'm excited to see everything! I've sewing lingerie for about a year or so and have been eyeing some of OhLuLu's patterns. Bra making is surprisingly easy and making undies is as well. And oh my gosh, you can save HUGE money on custom lingerie.

    I think Fabric Mart should have more lingerie sewing materials for sale (i.e. powernet, stretch laces, elastics, underwires, etc.) I am a loyal customer and would LOVE if I could find this stuff here. Is that something the store is considering?

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  5. Thank you for the encouragement! I would love to have everyone try this with me!

    I wish Fabric Mart had lingerie supplies too! However we are jobbers that buy closeouts from mills and designers, so the only time we would have those products is if we buyout a lot from a store.

    Let me add a few place you can buy materials onto this post.
    Thanks for the responses!
    Katie

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