Weekend Roundup

February 24th 2017 Edition // Lingerie Sewing – Weekend Roundup

Lingerie Sewing Weekend Round Up

Welcome to the February 24th, 2017 edition of Lingerie Sewing: Weekend Round Up!

The Lingerie Sewing: Weekend Roundup is a curation of a few projects/ongoing events in the lingerie making community. It’s a quick catch up for you to enjoy over the weekend with a cup of coffee or tea. If you want to be part of the weekend roundup, shoot me an email at thetailormadeblog[@]gmail.com with links to your instagram, blog post, or just photos if you don’t have a blog and I’ll be sure to include your work!

Projects & Makes

From this week:

  • Norma shared the 2nd part of her Detachable Bra Straps Tutorial. Her tutorial is worth checking out if you want to make removable bra straps for a strapless bra!

News & Events

None. 🙂 All quiet on the lingerie sewing front this week. Next week, however…. (Stay tuned!)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Bra-Making

What I Made: Peach/Nude Lace Harriet Bra

Hi guys, today’s post features a Peach Nude Lace Harriet Bra.

Peach Nude Cloth Habit Harriet Bra Tailor Made Shop Bra Making

Fabrics Used

The cups and frame and made from a peach nude stretch lace and lined with beige sheer cup lining. The back band is made from peach power net. This Harriet Bra was made using a bra kit from my shop.

Peach Nude Cloth Habit Harriet Bra Tailor Made Shop Bra Making

Notes on this Iteration

After making a satin/lace version, I knew I wanted to make an all lace one. I didn’t make any changes to the pattern or construction, since I made this immediately following the Pink Satin/Black Lace version.

Peach Nude Cloth Habit Harriet Bra Tailor Made Shop Bra Making

What’s Next?

As mentioned in this post, I have some upcoming Harriet Bra variations that I’m going to be trying out. The first variation will involve strappy details and the second will involve cut and sew foam. Stay tuned!

Peach Nude Cloth Habit Harriet Bra Tailor Made Shop Bra Making
Peach Nude Cloth Habit Harriet Bra Tailor Made Shop Bra Making

What’s next in your bra sewing queue? Share in the comments below!

Details

Bra Pattern: Harriet Bra by Cloth Habit
Bra Kit: Tailor Made Shop

Weekend Roundup

February 17th 2017 Edition // Lingerie Sewing – Weekend Roundup

Lingerie Sewing Weekend Round Up

Welcome to the February 17th, 2017 edition of Lingerie Sewing: Weekend Round Up!

The Lingerie Sewing: Weekend Roundup is a curation of a few projects/ongoing events in the lingerie making community. It’s a quick catch up for you to enjoy over the weekend with a cup of coffee or tea. If you want to be part of the weekend roundup, shoot me an email at thetailormadeblog[@]gmail.com with links to your instagram, blog post, or just photos if you don’t have a blog and I’ll be sure to include your work!

Projects & Makes

From this week:

News & Events

http://www.ohhhlululingerie.com/2017/02/14/the-celeste-bikini-cut-panties-free-pdf-sewing-pattern/

  • I shared my Bra Making Tools Checklists this week. There are two checklists available: a lite version and an expanded version. The lite checklist will provide the bare minimum you need to get started in bra making. The expanded list covers optional tools you can invest in.

That’s it for this week! Have a great weekend everyone!

Bra-Making The Complete Guide to Bra Making

Bra Making Tools Checklists (Lite & Expanded Checklists Included)

bra-making-tools checklist basic bra making tools what tools do I need to get started in bra making

Welcome to the fifth post of “The Complete Guide to Bra Making” series. This post will cover the tools you will need for bra making. There are two checklists available: a lite version and an expanded version.

The lite version will provide you the bare minimum you need to get started in bra making.

The expanded version will provide you with optional tools you can invest in to make the craft of bra making easier.

(Note: This post contains affiliate links. Clicking and purchasing item(s) will result in a small affiliate commission for me. Please note that most of the items listed on this page are tools that I personally use and recommend.)

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bra making tools checklist basic bra making tools what tools do I need to get started in bra making

Bra Making Tools – Lite Checklist

  1. Sewing Machine (Straight Stitch & Zig Zag Stitch required)
  2. Schmetz Stretch Needles
  3. Schmetz Universal Needles
  4. Fabric Scissors
  5. Polyester Thread

That’s it. You can get started with bra making with just the above five tools. If you sew, you probably already have most of the items above.

If you are already along your bra making journey and are looking to invest in further tools to make bra making easier, below is an expanded checklist. I’ve highlighted the items that I think are most useful to have in your bra making tools arsenal in the Helpful Notes section at the end.

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Bra Making Tools – Expanded Checklist

Machines, Needles, Thread & Pins

  1. Sewing Machine (Straight Stitch, Zig Zag Stitch, & 3-Step Zig Zag Stitch)
  2. Serger
  3. Schmetz Stretch Needles
  4. Schmetz Universal Needles
  5. Polyester Thread
  6. Silk Pins

Cutting

  1. Fabric Scissors
  2. Rotary Cutter (comes in 18mm, 28mm, and 45mm)
  3. Self-Healing Cutting Mat
  4. Duck Bill Scissors
  5. Embroidery Scissors
  6. Pattern Weights or Washers

Drafting & Marking

  1. 18 inch Clear Ruler
  2. French Curves
  3. Styling Design Ruler
  4. Flexible Curve Ruler
  5. Tracing Paper
  6. Oak Tag
  7. Fabric Marker
  8. Fabric Chalk

Pressing

  1. Press Cloth 
  2. Tailor’s Ham 
  3. The Knob
  4. Bust Cup Seam Press

Shortening Underwires

  1. Wire Cutter
  2. Heat Shrink Tubes (to seal the ends of underwires after you cut them)
  3. Heat Gun (to shrink the heat shrink tubes)
  4. Two-Part Epoxy (another method to seal the ends of underwires after cutting them, hat tip from Grow Your Own Clothes)
  5. Table Vise (to hold the underwires in place while you cut them)
  6. Protective Eyewear (highly recommended so flying underwire pieces can’t hit your eyes)

Other

  1. 505 Fabric Adhesive Spray
  2. Fray Check

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Helpful Notes

What kind of Sewing Machine do you use?

I personally sew on an industrial Juki and a Bernina 530. I’ve also used the Pfaff Passport 2.0 in Bra Making with Madalynne’s classroom and I really like how quiet the machine is.

What kind of Serger do you use?

I usually don’t serge my lingerie projects, but I do use an industrial serger (also a Juki) from time to time. I’ve also used the Brother 1034D before and quite like it.

Besides the 5 basic tools, what are the other 5 items that you can’t live without?

Here are my picks:

  • 505 Adhesive Spray: This spray will become your best friend. It’s a godsend. Great for basting fabrics together. Some lingerie fabrics are tricky to sew and behave a lot better after you spray baste them.
  • Duck Bill Scissors: These scissors have a multitude of functions: you can use them to grade a seam, trim a neckline, or reduce bulky seams. For lingerie sewing, you can use it for appliquéing and reducing bulk. The duck bill shape allows you to trim very closely to a seam without cutting the fabric underneath.
  •  28mm Rotary Cutter: Rotary cutters are great for cutting out your bra pattern pieces because they can maneuver tight curves effortlessly. Out of the three sizes (18mm, 28mm and 45mm), the 28mm is my favorite because it can handle a variety of fabric thickness and its size is great for handling curves.
  • 18-in clear ruler: This is an awesome tool to have in your sewing arsenal for all kinds of pattern drafting. I use it to add seam allowances and elastic allowances. It’s also reasonably flexible so you can use it to measure curves as well.

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Final Note

If there is anything you think I’m missing from the expanded list, feel free to share in the comments below!

Bra-Making

What I Made: Pink Satin/Black Lace Harriet Bra

Hi guys, today’s post features Cloth Habit‘s new underwire bra pattern: the Harriet Bra. I actually made this bra on the day the pattern was released. Anyone who follows me on Instagram was privy to the work-in-progress photos of this bra via the “Stories” feature.

Pink Satin Black Lace Cloth Habit Harriet Bra Bra Making Underwire Bra

Fabrics Used

I made this bra using a stretch polyester satin and used black stretch lace for the upper cups. The cups and frame are lined with beige sheer cup lining.

Pink Satin Black Lace Cloth Habit Harriet Bra Bra Making Underwire Bra

Harriet Bra Sizing

  • This pattern comes in an incredible size range. It goes from 28A to 42H.
  • Like the Watson Bra pattern, all the sister sizes’ cups of the Harriet Bra have the same pattern pieces. This means that 30D’s, 32C’s, 34B’s, and 36A’s cup pattern pieces are the same.
  • The band sizing seems to be consistent with the Watson Bra. Friend who took a 30 band in the Watson Bra also took a 30 band in this style.
  • The shape of the Harriet Bra appears to work best for those of us with round, full breasts. My friend who is a 30C and whose breasts are fuller at the bottom than at the upper bust found that she could not fill out the upper cups of this style.

Pink Satin Black Lace Cloth Habit Harriet Bra Bra Making Underwire Bra

My Thoughts On This Pattern

  • I would say that the sewing difficulty is on par with the Marlborough Bra. An advanced beginner could probably make this pattern with some handholding.
  • I love the style lines of this bra pattern! In fact, I have a couple of ideas on how to pattern hack this style. I have a variation with strappy details coming up and another with cut and sew foam. Stay tuned!

Pink Satin Black Lace Cloth Habit Harriet Bra Bra Making Underwire Bra

How about you? Have you tried the new Harriet Bra pattern? What are your thoughts on it?

Bra Pattern: Harriet Bra by Cloth Habit
Materials: Tailor Made Shop Bra Kit

Weekend Roundup

February 10th 2017 Edition // Lingerie Sewing – Weekend Roundup

Lingerie Sewing Weekend Round Up

Welcome to the February 10th, 2017 edition of Lingerie Sewing: Weekend Round Up!

The Lingerie Sewing: Weekend Roundup is a curation of a few projects/ongoing events in the lingerie making community. It’s a quick catch up for you to enjoy over the weekend with a cup of coffee or tea. If you want to be part of the weekend roundup, shoot me an email at thetailormadeblog[@]gmail.com with links to your instagram, blog post, or just photos if you don’t have a blog and I’ll be sure to include your work!

Projects & Makes

From this week:

  • To continue with the theme of romantic lingerie, I sewed up a Powder Pink/Ice Blue Triangle Bralette. You can view the project here.

News & Events

Beverly Johnson Craftsy Sewing Shapewear Smooth Silhouettes

  • The Fairy Bra Mother has a new Craftsy Class! In Sewing Shapewear: Smooth Silhouettes, you will learn to create an entire wardrobe of shapewear from one versatile pattern. Join intimate apparel sewer Beverly Johnson, aka your Fairy Bra-Mother, and gain the skills to sew a variety of popular shapewear styles for a sleek, smooth appearance under any garment. (Note: I bought this class today and will be delving into it this weekend.)

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend everyone!

Bra-Making

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Bra Making Today

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Bra Making Today Getting Started with Bra Making Handmade Lingerie Sewing DIY

If you’ve been considering bra making….

Today is the best day to start.

I know some people like to wait until New Years to make resolutions. Well, it’s now February and it’s too late to make resolutions. Which is why I say: forget new years resolutions. If you want to make the commitment to start bra making, you can do that anytime.

Bra making is more accessible than ever. New bra making supplies stores, bra patterns, and bra making classes are cropping up everyday. Every week, there’s an outpour of bra making projects or tutorials or tips being shared on blogs and social media channels. There’s even a podcast that dedicated a month to cover bra making topics. With so many readily available resources, there’s no better time to get started in bra making than now.

Without further ado, here are 10 reasons why you should start bra making today.

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Bra Making Today

1. You can start to learn bra making this instant. Yes, this literal second if you choose to. Thanks to the advent of online courses, you can sign up for bra making classes and get started right away. I recommend Beverly Johnson’s Sewing Bras: Construction & Fit class as the foundational bra making course. The content and skills you learn from that class will take you far in your bra making journey. I promise.

2. It’s easier than you think. And once you learn how to make a bra, you’ll be kicking yourself for not starting sooner.

3. It is instantly gratifying. As you get better and better at bra making, you’ll quickly realize that bra projects come together in no time at all. I’ve been making bras for over two years and now I can sew an underwire bra from start to finish (cutwork to clipping threads) in 1.5 hour. How’s that for instant gratification?

4. You can make a bra that fits. All breasts are unique and it’s impossible for the retail industry to accommodate the nuances of every individual’s shape and size. When making your own bras you have 100% control of the fit.

5. You can make the bra(s) of your dreams. If you’ve ever gone bra shopping only to be disappointed that a gorgeous bra style didn’t come in your size or if the fit is just off, you can now remedy that problem by making the bra yourself.

6. You can make beautiful, drool-worthy bras that look store-bought. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the #bramaking hashtag on Instagram.

7. You are acquiring a life-changing skill. In fact, once you learn how to make your own bras, chances are store-bought ones just won’t cut it anymore.

8. You are acquiring a skill that’s good for life. When your current bras wear out, you can sew more to replace them. If your body’s size or shape changes, you can accommodate these changes by sewing new bras that fit.

9. The bra making community is an awesome one. Everyone is so nice and so supportive of one another. We are all here to learn and share our experiences and find ways to make bra making more accessible to everyone. We share projects, constructive feedback, and tips and tricks. You can find us on Instagram or on Facebook.

10. Bragging rights! Have you ever let slip in a conversation that you make your own bras? Be prepared to floor some people. 😉 (This last reason is only really said in jest, but you do deserve to pat yourself on the back once you conquer bra making!)

There you have it! Hopefully these 10 reasons lit a figurative fire under your ass, and you are inspired to start bra making today. 🙂

Still hesitant or on the fence? What’s stopping you? Share in the comments below!

Helpful Links

The Complete List of Online Bra Making Classes

The Complete List of In Person Bra Making Classes

Bra-Making

What I Made: Powder Pink/Ice Blue Triangle Bralette

DIY Handmade Triangle Bralette Bra Making Tailor Made Shop

Hi guys! With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’m continuing with the theme of handmade romantic lingerie. Last week I shared photos of the two romantic balconette bralettes that I made. You can read about them here.

DIY Handmade Triangle Bralette Bra Making Tailor Made Shop

Today’s post features yet another TNT (tried and true) pattern: my self-drafted triangle bralette. I picked a powder pink lace (very appropriate for Valentine’s, I think) from my shop and paired it with ice blue straps. And guys, this lace is amazing! Not only is the floral pattern beautiful, the lace is also substantial and super easy to work with. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a less finicky stretch lace to sew.

DIY Handmade Triangle Bralette Bra Making Tailor Made Shop

Pattern: Self-Drafted Triangle Bralette
Lace: Tailor Made Shop

Weekend Roundup

February 3rd 2017 Edition // Lingerie Sewing – Weekend Roundup

Lingerie Sewing Weekend Round Up

Welcome to the February 3rd, 2017 edition of Lingerie Sewing: Weekend Round Up!

The Lingerie Sewing: Weekend Roundup is a curation of a few projects/ongoing events in the lingerie making community. It’s a quick catch up for you to enjoy over the weekend with a cup of coffee or tea. If you want to be part of the weekend roundup, shoot me an email at thetailormadeblog[@]gmail.com with links to your instagram, blog post, or just photos if you don’t have a blog and I’ll be sure to include your work!

Projects & Makes

From this week:

  • In the spirit of Valentine’s, I sewed up two romantic balconette bralettes for myself. You can view photos and read about them here.

News & Events

Cloth Habit Harriet Bra Bra Making Indie Pattern Maker

  • Amy from Cloth Habit released her new pattern, the Harriet Bra! This pattern comes in a large size range: 28A to 42H! The best part is that 100% of the profits from this pattern will be given to charity that supports housing and job needs of Syrian refugees. You can learn more about the pattern and the inspiration behind it here.
  • Speaking of giveaways, PFAFF and Madalynne have a sweet treat you! For Valentine’s Day, PFAFF will be gifting 1 ticket to a bra making workshop with Madalynne. Read and learn more about the giveaway on Madalynne’s instagram.

  • Hannah of Evie la Luve just released a video tutorial on how to pattern hack the gorgeous Esme Panties pattern. Take a look at the video to see how she adds narrow elastic lace trim to the style and hopefully it also gives you tons of inspo for your other underwear projects!

Phew, there is so much going on every week in the lingerie sewing community! Have a great weekend everyone!

Bra-Making

What I Made : Two Romantic Balconette Bralettes

Handmade Bralettes DIY Lingerie Bra Making Balconette Bralettes

Hi guys! In the spirit of Valentine’s, I whipped up these two romantic balconette bralettes for myself. Yes, I make this pattern a lot, but it’s the bra I reach for the most on a daily basis. I see no harm in making variations of a wardrobe staple that gets a lot of wear. To keep this basic style interesting, I always make it in a different lace.

Handmade Bralettes DIY Lingerie Bra Making Balconette Bralettes

The first one is made from a romantic off-white lace with contrast ice blue straps. I know some bra makers shy away from white/off-white/ivory/cream bras because it can read bridal. This is especially true if you use a luxurious lace or silk fabric. However, I want you to challenge that outlook. Your clothing wardrobe probably contains white tees, a white crisp button down shirt, or a drapey white blouse. So why not a white bra?

Handmade Bralettes DIY Lingerie Bra Making Balconette Bralettes

I’m also a firm believer that you should wear lingerie that makes you feel comfortable and confident. I tend to look good in White/Off-White/Ivory/Cream garments, so I think it stands to reason that lingerie in those colors are flattering on me. A trick to keep White/Off-White/Ivory/Cream lingerie from reading bridal is to pair the main fabric with contrast trimmings and notions. Give it a try and let me know the results!

Handmade Bralettes DIY Lingerie Bra Making Balconette Bralettes

The second balconette bralette is made from a gorgeous red/pink metallic lace. As soon as I had the lace in my hands, I knew I had to make something for myself. This was a timely make, because it was Lunar New Year and I don’t own any red garments. Every year, I improvise. Last year I wore a burgundy cardigan. Close enough. This year, I got a kick out of wearing this red/pink balconette bralette underneath my outfit which otherwise doesn’t contain a speck of red. Again. Close enough.

Handmade Bralettes DIY Lingerie Bra Making Balconette Bralettes

Off-White Lace:
 Tailor Made Shop
Red/Pink Metallic Lace: Tailor Made Shop
Pattern: Self-Drafted Balconette Bralette