Tips & Tricks: Bra Pattern Cutting

Bra Making Pattern Cutting

Today I want to share my preferred method of cutting out bra patterns (or any other patterns). I started using this method of cutting after observing how our in-house pattern-makers, cutters, and sample-makers cut their patterns.

For this method you will need:

  • Fabric Scissors
  • Dotted Pattern Paper
  • Silk Pins
  • Pattern Weights (optional)

You can use butcher paper or tissue paper instead of the dotted pattern paper. I prefer the dotted pattern paper because you can use the guidelines on the paper to align your pattern pieces to the fabric accurately.

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DIY: Sorbet Watson II

Watson Bra Tailor Made Shop

I know I said I probably wouldn’t make any more Watson Bras for a while, but then another of my awesome co-workers announced that she’s leaving. AUGGGGHHH. :(((( Best of luck at your new job and stay in touch, KK. :<

sorbetwatsoniib

Details
Bra Pattern: Watson Bra by Cloth Habit
Fabric (Self): Pale Blue and Apricot Lace from Tailor Made Shop
Fabric (Lining): Mesh from Spandex House
Elastic (Shoulder Straps): MarySupplies
Elastic (Armholes): Picot Edge Elastic from Daytonna Trimmings
Elastic (Band):Picot Edge Elastic from Daytonna Trimmings
Notions: Silver 3/8″ Rings & Sliders from Tailor Made Shop

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DIY: McCall’s 5525 Trench Vest

McCalls 5525 Trench Vest DIY Sewing

Pattern Used: McCall’s Patterns M5525

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.

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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: Sorbet Watson

Watson Bra Pastels Sorbet Tailor Made Shop
Watson Bra Pastels Sorbet Tailor Made Shop
Watson Bra Sorbet Pastels Tailor Made Shop

This is another quickie sewing project for gifting purposes: a sorbet Watson. This will probably be my last Watson Bra for a while…time to focus on some selfish sewing for myself. I have a few back to basics sewing projects lined up that I can’t wait to work on!

What’s on your sewing table?

Details
Bra Pattern: Watson Bra by Cloth Habit
Fabric (Self): Pale Blue and Apricot Lace from Tailor Made Shop
Fabric (Lining): Mesh from Spandex House
Elastic (Shoulder Straps): Shindo Elastic from Tailor Made Shop
Elastic (Armholes): Picot Edge Elastic from Daytonna Trimmings
Elastic (Band): ArteCrafts
Hook & Eye: Merckwaerdigh

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DIY: Watson Bra in Cream and Aqua

Watson Bra in Cream and Aqua
Watson Bra in Cream and Aqua
Watson Bra in Cream and Aqua

The Watson Bra is the ideal quickie project when you’re looking to whip up a bra with minimal fuss. Here’s one in cream with aqua details that I made quickly for a co-worker who is leaving. Best of luck, C!

Details
Bra Pattern: Watson Bra by Cloth Habit
Fabric (Self): White Lace w/ Silver Threads from Tailor Made Shop
Fabric (Lining): Power Mesh from Stylish Fabrics
Elastics (Shoulder Straps): Shindo Elastic from Tailor Made Shop
Elastics (Armholes): Picot Edge Elastic from Daytonna Trimmings
Hardware: Silver Rings & Sliders from Tailor Made Shop

Tailor Made Shop New Arrivals

In other news, I’ve added some new arrivals to my shop! I’ve added 6 new laces in custom dyed colors and 2 new elastics! Click here to shop.

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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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DIY: Marlborough Bra in Black/Silver/Lilac

Marlborough Bra Orange Lingerie DIY Handmade Lingerie Bramaking

Here’s a quick weekend update with my latest bra project: a Marlborough Bra in Black and Silver Lace with Lilac accents. For this particular Marlborough, I adjusted the style lines of the cup. I eliminated the power bar and created a horizontal cup seam with split lower cups.

What do you think of this adjustment? Share in the comments below.

Details
Bra Pattern: Marlborough Bra by Orange Lingerie
Fabric (Self): Black & Silver Lace from Tailor Made Shop
Fabric (Lining): Gray Mesh (gifted by a friend)
Elastics (Shoulder Straps): Shindo Elastic from Tailor Made Shop
Elastics (Armholes): Picot Edge Elastic from Daytonna Trimmings
Elastics (Bra Band): Merckwaerdigh
Hardware: Silver Rings & Sliders from Tailor Made Shop
Other Notions: Channeling from Pacific Trimming

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