#BRAugust2018 // An Instagram Photo Challenge //

Hi guys! August is right around the corner and I’m really excited to announce that I will be hosting #BRAugust again this year!

What is #BRAugust? 

#BRAugust is a month long photo-a-day challenge focusing on bra making and swimwear sewing. It’s meant to encourage sewers to make some pretty lingerie or swimwear for themselves (or others!) and to meet other bramakers/swimwear sewers and to have fun. ✂

Anyone is welcome to take part–even if you haven’t made lingerie or swimwear before. In fact, I had a few people tell me that they started sewing lingerie or swimwear because of #BRAugust! 👙

How does #BRAugust2018 work?

Every day, I will share a prompt and participants will post a photo or picture related to the prompt. You don’t have to snap a photo each day, just for the days you want/can! 📷

To help you out with your lingerie/swimwear sewing, I have sponsors who will be giving away lingerie/swimwear sewing related goodies from their shops. There will be a giveaway every single day of this event. To enter the giveaway, simply submit the #BRAugust2018 entry on each 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! 🎁

A major thank you to all #BRAugust2018sponsors for donating goodies to this event! ❤❤❤

Also! Please feel free to regram the #BRAugust2018 graphic on your Instagram account.

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

Also, as a side note, there will not be Weekend Roundups during the month of August. Instead , I suggest checking out the #BRAugust2018 hashtag to see lots of pretty lingerie/swimwear! 

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Pattern Review: Evie la Luve Esme Panties

Evie la luve Esme Panties Pattern Review Handmade Underwear Sew Your Own Underwear

Happy New Year guys! And Happy Wednesday! I have a pattern review for today: I will be sharing my thoughts on Evie la Luve’s Esme Panties Pattern.

I actually bought this pattern as a bundle with the Bella Panties over a year ago. I have no idea what took me so long to make them. A customer’s photo reminded me that this pattern was in my stash, so I made a bunch of Esme Panties for stocking stuffers for Christmas.

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What I Made: Evie la Luve Willow Bras in Wrap Around Style

Evie la Luve Willow Bra Wrap Around View

Happy November guys! I can’t believe how quickly October has flown by!

I want to take a moment to thank you everyone who took the time to complete the Tailor Made Shop 2017 Feedback Survey! The survey is now closed, but I will be reading all your feedback and taking notes for 2018 planning.

One of the things that many of you asked for are more bra kits for Indie Bra Patterns. Well I have good news! I put together bra kits for the Evie la Luve Willow Bra in the Wrap Around Style!

The Classic View can be made with my regular soft bra kits, but the wrap around view requires a bikini clasp and an unusual number of rings and sliders. To save you the trouble of hunting down the hardware, I put together kits for the Wrap Around View!

The two Willow Bras I have pictured here today are made from those exact kits.

Evie la Luve Willow Bra Wrap Around View

I have a pattern review of the Willow Bra in the works, but today I will just share a few notes about the construction and fit of the bra. I actually made the Willow Bra up in the Classic View first, but I didn’t get a chance to photograph them for the blog. A friend visited me in September and she ended up taking them with her because they fit her really well!

For reference, she wears a 32C and the Willow Bra in XXS fits her perfectly with no alternations needed. I made the Classic View in Scuba and in a medium-heavy weight confetti dot stretch mesh for her.

Evie la Luve Willow Bra Wrap Around View

For the wrap around views, I made the from scuba and lined them entirely in stretch mesh. All the seams are neatly enclosed.

Evie la Luve Willow Bra Wrap Around View

I only made two very small changes in terms of construction. One, I used a 3/8″ picot plush elastic for the bottom band. A 1/2″ picot elastic would have been too wide for size XXS.

Evie la Luve Willow Bra Wrap Around View

Two, I secured the back strap extension to the top and bottom edge of the bra back. The instruction has you attach the back strap extension just to the top edge of the bra back.

Other than that, this was a quick easy and satisfying sew!

Have you tried sewing Evie la Luve’s Willow Bra? Which view did you make? Share in the comments below!

Pattern: Willow Bra by Evie la Luve (Wrap Around View)
Materials:  Willow Bra Kits – Wrap Around View from my shop

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#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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