#BRAugust2017 // An Instagram Photo Challenge //

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Hi guys! I will be running an Instagram photo-a-day event for the month of August! It will focus on Bra Making and Swimwear Sewing. I’m calling it #BRAugust2017 because I’m creative like that.

Summertime is great for spending outdoors and going on vacations, but I also think it’s an excellent opportunity to try out a new hobby or pick up a hobby that you’ve set aside during the year. So to encourage you to sew up some pretty lingerie or swimwear, I’m hosting #BRAugust2017 this summer.

To help you out with your lingerie/swimwear sewing, I have nine sponsors who will be giving away lingerie/swimwear sewing related goodies from their shops. There will be a giveaway every Tuesday and Saturday for the duration of this event. To enter the giveaway, simply submit the #BRAugust2017 entry on the giveaway day and tag the corresponding sponsor in your photo. The winner will be selected by the sponsor within 48 hours. All giveaways are open internationally!

You don’t have to snap a photo each day, just for the days you want/can! The goal of this event is to do a bit of sewing and to meet other bramakers/swimwear sewers and to have fun! I hope you will join me in this photo challenge!

Also! Please feel free to share the #BRAugust2017 graphic on Instagram, Facebook, your blog or social media of choice.

The event will start on August 1st. Will you be joining in? 🙂

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Pattern Review : Evie la Luve Jamie Bra & Panties

Evie la Luve Jamie Bra and Panties Pattern Review

Hi guys! I have a pattern review today.

I will be sharing my thoughts on the newly released Evie la Luve Jamie Pattern.

The Jamie Pattern actually has two views. You can choose to make a bodysuit or you can make separates: a bralette and panties. Since I wear bodysuits exactly never, I opted to make the separates.

Full Disclosure: Hannah sent me the pattern for free for pattern testing and feedback. All opinions are my own.

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Finishing a 2.5 Year Old UFO // Has My Bra Making Style & Construction Changed in 2.5 Years?

Finishing a 2.5 Year Old Bra Making UFO Has my Bra Making Style & Construction Changed in 2.5 Years?

Hi guys! I originally had a tutorial post planned for today, but I wanted to share a UFO that has been languishing in my underwear drawer for over two years first. This is actually one of my earliest bra makes–I made this maybe a month after I started my bra making journey.

To be honest, this self-drafted bra was actually mostly done. It was just missing the straps and the hook & eye. I had set it aside, because I didn’t have a matching hook & eye in a cream color. And here’s the kicker: I still don’t have a cream colored hook and eye, but I made do with off-white.

Finishing a 2.5 Year Old Bra Making UFO Has my Bra Making Style & Construction Changed in 2.5 Years?

I had forgotten about this bra until I started organizing my underwear drawer in preparation for Me-Made-May 17. In a nutshell, Me-Made-May is a month-long challenge that encourages makers to wear the garments that they’ve made and wear them more. Everyone has a different amount of me-made pieces, so it’s up to the participant to set their own criteria for this challenge. You can learn more about Me-Made-May here and you can check out the #MMMay17 instagram hashtag here.

I finished this bra over Mother’s Day Weekend, and I thought it would make for an interesting post to see how my style and construction has changed (or not changed) in 2.5 years of sewing bras.

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What I Made: Not So Basic Black Frankie Panties

Evie la Luve Frankie Panties in Black Mesh Lace Trim Handmade Underwear DIY Sewing

Hi guys! I’m back today with…*drum rolls*

More underwear! Apparently it’s the year of the underwear for me.

At this point, I’ve sewn enough bras for myself that I can go without doing laundry for a month and I would still have clean bras to wear. (Not that I’m suggesting that you don’t do laundry for a month). This year, I’ve pretty much decided to stop buying underwear and overhaul my panties drawer by making my own.

I figured that I need more black panties (seriously everyone always needs more black panties–they are great basics!), so I whipped up two pairs of Frankie Panties using the new black stretch mesh from my shop.

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Frankie Panties in Art Gallery Prints

Evie la Luve Frankie Panties in Art Gallery Printed Knit Cotton Jersey Fabrics Handmade Underwear DIY Panties

Hi guys! The panties sewing addiction continues! This week, I bring you six pairs of Frankie Panties in Art Gallery Prints. I was first introduced to Art Gallery fabrics when Hannah posted a picture of a pair of Frankie Panties that she made in the Yinghua print. I did some some window shopping on fabric.com and ended up picking out three Art Gallery prints to work with.

When it comes to clothes, I’m really not a prints person. I honestly only like to wear solids and shades of gray. But when it comes to underwear, I can get a little out of control. Now that I have a panties pattern that I really love, I’m going all out with updating my panties drawer with some fun and gorgeous prints!

Here are the six pairs of Frankie Panties that I made using Art Gallery cotton jersey knits and the details on them!

(Note: Only half of the Frankie Panties shown are in my size (XS). The other half are in XXS and are a gift for a friend’s upcoming birthday!)

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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

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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

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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

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