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.
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.
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!
What’s next in your bra sewing queue? Share in the comments below!
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.
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.
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!
How about you? Have you tried the new Harriet Bra pattern? What are your thoughts on it?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
For this kit, you will be lining the cups and frame with the self rose print charmeuse fabric. If you choose to make either the Boylston Bra or Marlborough Bra with cut and sew foam, you can opt to not line the cups. (Please note that cut and sew foam is not included in the kits and need to be purchased separately.)
Don’t forget that this kit is available for pre-sale until Friday January 27th or until it sells out!
Happy Monday guys! I have an exciting collaboration announcement: Norma of Orange Lingerie and I have teamed up and put together exclusive bra kits for her two bra making patterns: the Boylston Bra and the Marlborough Bra. Choose from three solid charmeuse/lace combos and two beautiful floral charmeuse prints! These Orange Lingerie x Tailor Made Shop bra kits include enough fabric and notions to cut either bra style in all sizes.
Pre-Sale Dates: Jan 16th – Jan 27th Shipping Dates: Feb 1st – Feb 5th (Note: Any other items ordered with the Orange Lingerie x Tailor Made Shop kits will ship between February 1st and February 5th as well).
There are a limited number of kits available! Any leftover kits after the pre-sale will be open to general sale after February 5th.