Skip to main content

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!

Comments

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

    ReplyDelete
  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!

    ReplyDelete
  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!

    ReplyDelete
  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?

    ReplyDelete
  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

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment! All comments are reviewed before posting to help us eliminate spam. Your comment will be posted within 24 hours.

Popular Posts You Might Like

Made by a Fabricista: Fast Sews and Cool Summer Fabrics

Happy Friday everyone! Today I'm sharing a few things made with my favorite summer fabrics - cotton, linen and rayon - and as an added bonus these are all super quick sews. Each of these projects took me no more than 2-3 hours to sew. My house gets too hot to sew some summer days, so projects I can whip up quickly are great for that limited amount of time that I have.  The first two items I made up as a set, but of course they can also be worn as separates. The top is the I Am Patterns Gaia tank made with a stunningly gorgeous cotton challis. Call me naive but I had no idea cotton challis was even an option! I'd only ever seen challis in rayon. This cotton though is simply a dream to work with, and if you run across it I highly suggest snagging some. The top is a simple V-neck with a facing but what makes it special are the gathers at the shoulder, made by simply adding a bit of ribbon or fabric in a tube. The combination of this pattern with this light cotton fabric is the per

Made by a Fabricista: My Fall Ensemble

Hi everyone.  I am back and so eager to show you what I sewed for the transition to fall.   Our social calendar for the next three months is filling up so it is time to sew for fall.  Where I live, fall weather can vary from 60 to 80 degrees.  Linen is my “go to” fabric, especially for September and October.  Fabric Mart happened to have on sale the mid-weight navy /light blue linen with abstract geometric print. Due to the hugely discounted price, I could sew a fall ensemble that would consist of a duster, a pair of pants, and a sheath dress for about $50.00. Vogue V1756 pattern by Sandra Betzina caught my attention. It had a standup collar, buttoned front, and set-in sleeves, but its side front pockets hide behind a flange on each side front and the lower back had a gathered skirt. How unique! The pattern instructions, written by the designer herself, were easy to follow.  I sewed the duster in Size C and made no adjustments. Because of its style, color and maxi length, it can take m

Made by a Fabricista: Luxe Knits for A Classy and Yet Cozy Fall Wardrobe

Hello Fellow Sewists!  I’m excited to share my latest Fabricista make with you all, as I have started my transition in to sewing for Fall!  Now don’t get me wrong-I am by no means wishing summer away!  Summer is my favorite time of year here in Minnesota. But Fall is my second favorite. And I have done a ton of summer sewing. So I wanted to get a jump start on building a cozy, yet classy Fall wardrobe that will suit me perfectly as I’m at home more but still need to be put together for zoom meetings and running errands.  I chose two gorgeous sweater knit fabrics to work with for these outfits. I knew I wanted a great basic black knit fabric. And then I fell in love with the floral knit fabric as soon as I saw it!  So I am excited that I got to work with both.  My original intention was to make a mix and match wardrobe but as I thought about it, I hardly ever actually mix and match things!  So instead, I decided to use one of my favorite wrap dress patterns, Butterick 5454. I have made