Isabelle of @besabelle made this gorgeous Watson Bra using our (sold-out) blossom orange ombre lace! View the project here.
Hannah of Evie la Luve just released The Lingerie Makers Project Book! The book has enough room for 15 lingerie sewing projects and other helpful lingerie sewing information. The first 10 people who buy it will receive inside a code for 15% off her shop.
Have a great weekend everybody!
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Last year, when I held the Tailor Made Shop 2016 Feedback Survey, a lot of you put in a request for bra kits in fabrics other than lace. In fact, a large number of you left a comment stating that you would like to see more charmeuse kits.
Well your wishes have been heard! Charmeuse kits in six solid colors have been added to the shop! Like lace kits, the charmeuse kits will be a mainstay amongst underwire bra kits offered by Tailor Made Shop.
To give you an idea of what a charmeuse kit looks made up, I whipped up this navy charmeuse Marlborough Bra. I love how elegant this bra looks and I have more plans for charmeuse bras in the coming months!
One of the things I love about bra making is that you need very little material to make a bra or a bralette. I only have 2 YDS of this pale blue galloon lace that’s 5″ wide and I managed to get 2 bralettes and 1 bra out of it. (Of course, it helps that I’m on the smaller side.)
If anyone is interested, this is how you do this particular cup seam modification.
First start with the lower cup and power bar pattern pieces. Remove the seam allowance and elastic allowance.
Line the Lower Cup pattern up with the Power Bar pattern, matching the notch. Then draw a curve extending from the pattern notch as shown in red.
These are your new Lower Cup and Power Bar pattern pieces. (BTW, I’m not sure that piece is a power bar anymore. Can anyone with bra making expertise weigh in on what that piece is technically called? Side upper cup?)
Add the seam allowance and elastic allowance back and you are now ready to sew!
For this modified Marlborough Bra, I also decided to apply the bra channeling on the outside. I’ve seen it done on RTW bras, and I wanted to give it a try. The process is straight forward. Sew the bra cups into the frame with the seam allowance on the right side. Then apply channeling as you normally would on the right side of the bra. I thought this was a pretty cool technique.
Have you ever tried applying channeling on the right side of the bra? How did it go? Did you like the result?
A partial band bra has been on my to-do list since I watched the chapter on partial band conversion in Beverly Johnson’s Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques Class on Craftsy.
In terms of personal aesthetics, I love partial bands on underwire bras. It makes the bra look more delicate and pretty in my opinion.
The mint lace I used for this bra is available in the form of a bra kit in my shop. The photos don’t do the lace justice–it’s a really pretty mint. The cups and the cradle are lined with bra tulle and the band in stretch mesh. The pattern used is Orange Lingerie’s Marlborough Bra.
So what do you think? Do you personally prefer full band or partial band on underwire bras? Share in the comments below.
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.
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