Types of Underwear Infographic

Underwear Infographic Tailor Made

Just for fun, I whipped up this infographic on Adobe Illustrator on a Thursday night, whilst drinking Angry Orchard Cider.

Personally, I only wear bikinis and boybriefs (I pretty much do all my underwear shopping at Aerie).

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?

 

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Bra Making with Madalynne Photo Recap

Bra Making with MadalynneMadalynne Studios: The Sewing Space

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.

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DIY: Skull Necklaces

DIY Skull Necklace Co-worker’s DIY Necklace (The Original)

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. 🙂

DIY Skull Necklace My take on the skull necklace

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Why Bra-Making?

Recently, I can’t help but notice that there is a flurry of interest in sewing bras. My curiosity is piqued, so I am posing a question to you all: why bra-making?

why bramaking watson bra in cream silkWatson Bra in Cream Silk & Embroidered Lace 

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!

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DIY: Black Lace Marlborough Bra

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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.

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Sizing: I cut a 34A for her. Her measurements are as follow:

Underbust: 30″
Bust: 34″
Overbust: 33″

The bra ended up fitting perfectly with no adjustments needed.

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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.

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DIY: Plum Marlborough Bra

Plum DIY Malborough Bra

Confession: This is actually the third bra that I’ve made. The first two will probably never see the light of day on the Internet because the sewing is pretty embarrassing. With that said, I present you the Marlborough Bra in plum.

Plum DIY Malborough Bra

The Marlborough Bra is designed and drafted by Norma of Orange Lingerie (a custom bra and lingerie business). This is my first time sewing this particular style and I’m in love with it. The cut is is what I look for in an everyday bra. The style lines make it really fun to experiment with different materials. I will probably be making a lot of Marlborough Bras in the coming weeks (spoiler alert!).

Plum DIY Malborough BraPlum DIY Malborough Bra

Bra Pattern: Marlborough Bra by Orange Lingerie
Stretch Lace: Etsy
Elastics: Personal Stash (dyed to match)
Hook & Eye: Daytonna Trimmings (dyed to match)
Sliders: Personal Stash
Channeling: Steinlauf & Stoller (dyed to match)

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Hiatus Update and Bra Making!

westham island sunrise bc canada View from Westham Island Bridge during sunrise. Almost like a watercolor painting.

Firstly, I apologize for the lack of posts in the past two months. I disappeared into my workload for both work and school this summer and neglected to update regularly. (Fortunately, my summer attire is pretty uninteresting…I primarily live in soft tees and short shorts.)

My absence is also prolonged by aggressive, back-to-back trips out of town after an exhausting summer based in the city. One of my recent adventures is a week-long excursion to Vancouver, where I spent the first two days of the trip in a bra-making workshop at A Great Notion. I got the idea to take a bra-making class after seeing Tasia of Sewaholic post about her bra-making experience with Johanne Brousseau here. I struggle with buying bras that fit at the retail level, so I was definitely interested in taking up bra-making so I can customize the fit (and details, of course).

Initially, I checked for class options locally…and was surprised to find that New York did not have any offerings (or maybe my googling skills are questionable…?). I emailed the team at A Great Notion to see if they are offering the class again…and it turns out they are! I booked the class and decided to cross Vancouver off my travel bucket list at the same time.

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(Incidentally, there are now suddenly a slew of bra making classes being offered! Craftsy now has a Bra Making Class and The Sewing Party will host Bra Making with Madalynne on November 8th, 2014.)

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Complete: Peter Pan Collar Chambray Dress

Peter Pan Collar Chambray Dress

My first complete sewing project for the year is this peter pan collar chambray number for a friend.

Peter Pan Collar Chambray Dress

I find sewing for others to be a good exercise in fit. Everyone’s build is different and it challenges me to try new fitting techniques. In addition, it’s fun to create a garment that is unique to the wearer. I personally would not wear a peter pan collar dress, so it was an opportunity for me to draft and sew a style of dress that I would have otherwise avoided.

Peter Pan Collar Chambray Dress

I’m pretty bad at taking WIP shots, but in terms of construction I chose to finish the inside with french seams. As a result, I did not put pockets in the dress. (Although I did find this nifty tutorial which allows for one to have french seams AND pockets simultaneously after I finished the project….) The armholes and neckline are finished with piping and then turned under and topstitched. The hem is done with a rolled hem foot.

Peter Pan Collar Chambray Dress

Confession: This is my first time sewing a circle skirt…!

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