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.
One of my biggest dreams in life is to become rich enough to buy all the fabric stores in the world and fill them with cats and roll around in them all day. Short of that, I’ve decided to open an online fabric shop!
Tailor Made Shop is a curation of fabrics, notions, or trims that I find interesting or beautiful. Hopefully you are as excited about my findings as I am! In addition to handpicked items, I am also leveraging my industry experience to develop special sewing goodies that are exclusive to my shop. (UPDATE 6/4: We are shipping worldwide!)
To celebrate the launch of my online shop, I am doing a giveaway!
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!
I took a long hiatus from my blog, because I was no longer sure about the content I was generating. It took a while, but I think I now know what direction I want to take this blog. In the coming weeks, you will definitely see a marked shift from a fashion blog to one focusing on the development of a core style with a strong DIY flavor.
Construction for this bralette style is very straight forward (made even easier by the fact that I eliminated the longline band). Unlike the original instructions, I opted to finish the top and bottom edges using fold-over elastic. I did not trim away any allowance before applying the fold-over elastic, so the bra has more coverage.
The only issue I ran into with this style is getting the side seams to lay flat on the body when worn. The side seams are stabilized with channeling, as instructed by the pattern so I’m not sure if it is a sewing issue or if the side seam needs more support in the form of soft boning.
If you have any ideas on how to get the side seams to lay flatter on the body, I would love to hear your suggestions.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
My first complete sewing project for the year is this peter pan collar chambray number for a friend.
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.
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.
Confession: This is my first time sewing a circle skirt…!