Welcome to the August 4th, 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!
Hi-Waisted underwear has been making a comeback, and I’m warming up to the idea of them. I mean, look at all these pretty hi waisted options out there. I might have to start adding some to my underwear collection. 😉
What about you? What is your preferred underwear cut?
The McCall’s 5525 Trench Coat pattern has been sitting in my sewing stash for at least four years now, and I recently unearthed it in my search for good base pattern for a sleeveless trench topper. I used a light blue silk/cotton faille in my stash to make a mock-up and it turned out to be wearable so I finished it properly with a striped polyester lining.
This past Saturday, Madalynne hosted a bra making workshop in her beautiful studio in Philadelphia. Students made a full band bra (Pin-Up Girls Classic) and enjoyed catering from New Old Fashioned and a fun aromatherapy session with The Parlour. I spent the day photographing the event along with Jessica Maida (who’s actually the professional photographer) and hanging about the studio as a volunteer.
Once upon a time, my coworker made this awesome layered skull necklace. She wore it to work a couple of times and made a number of colleagues (myself included) extremely covetous of it. A while back, I asked her if she could show me where to buy the materials and if I could knock it off. She said yes on both accounts. 🙂
Sewaholic: First and foremost, I was inspired to take a bra-making class after reading Tasia’s write-up of Johanne Brousseau’s Bra-Making Class at A Great Notion. Bonus: I took the very same class and I found that everyone in it signed up because of Tasia’s post.
Fit and Lack of Options: To date, I have never seen a 30AA bra in the wild. The closest fit is 30A, but I have trouble filling out the cups and the underwire is often too small for my broad frame. 30A is a fringe size for most retailers, so design options are pretty limited and lackluster. Sewing my own bras meant that I could control the design, material, fit, construction, etc.
So why bra-making? Is it due to the increasing accessibility and availability of bra-making resources? Is your bra size impossible to find at the retail level? Were you inspired by a certain blogger? Share in the comments below!
As mentioned in this post, I will be making a lot of Marlborough Bras in the coming weeks. This one is a belated birthday gift for my co-worker. Her favorite color is purple so I dyed the elastics in that color to use as a pop of color against the black lace.
Sizing: I cut a 34A for her. Her measurements are as follow:
The bra ended up fitting perfectly with no adjustments needed.
For more coverage, I lined the bra with black stretch mesh. I will probably be lining all lacy bras in the future. It makes the finishing much more clean.