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: Cafe au Lait Linen Dress

Hello everyone. This linen dress is the first thing that I made after my husband passed away 2 months ago.  At first, it was a real struggle- I kept putting things together the wrong way and having to rip it out and do it over again.  I probably shouldn't have chosen an asymmetrical design with fabric that looks the same on both sides for my first project!  But as I finished, I felt a real sense of accomplishment!  I have to say that creating something unique and special was just what I needed to feel a little like myself again.   I used three coordinating pieces of linen- a deep coffee colored brown, a milky cream, and an abstract print with whipped cream, cloves, and cinnamon it- thus, my cafe au lait dress!  These particular fabrics are no longer available, but there are lots of other choices in the Linen section.  Linen is so wonderful to work with.  You do need to accept that wrinkles will be part of the look though, which I am fine with.  For the pattern, I used Vogue 1694 wh…

Made by a Fabricista: Down to Business

Hello everyone!  The last time I posted about some things I sewed for my daughter, Serena, she was in Chicago in 2017, and I had made her a black and white mini-wardrobe here.  Fast forward 3 years, and she is climbing the corporate ladder and just got promoted to a position where she would need to present frequently to a board of directors.  So, the challenge was making something appropriate to wear to the board meetings, also something that would pack in a suitcase well, and something that would be not so dressy so she would still be able to wear it to work on a non-board meeting day.  Her workplace is generally ultra casual, which is the trend in most businesses, as I hear.  I wish it were more dressy, as I love making suit jackets!
So, to me, the fabrics that came to mind were ponte and double knits- non-wrinkle, comfortable, washable, and professional looking.  At the time (this was back in June), Fabric Mart had this fantastic black and white pinstripe knit available.  It is so n…