Did you really think I’d make it too much longer without talking about lingerie?
It’s really a huge part of my wardrobe, and I have to say that after going through my style search, I realize that I haven’t focused my bra making towards a perfect ‘bra wardrobe’. Looking back, my bra making motivations have been much more focused on trying new techniques, fabrics or styles rather than picking specific beautiful things that fit with my wardrobe or lifestyle.
This week I have a set for you that I’m completely in love with 🙂 and I’m calling it my Lily of the Valley set, because they are my favourite flowers 🙂
Besides incorporating everything I love in this set, it’s also special because I’m using lace that was gifted to me by the lovely Ying of TailorMadeShoppe! I was admiring her rose gold hardware (also used in this set) and she was admiring some of my non-stretch lace, so we decided to do a trade, I had no idea she would include some of this beautiful white stretch lace! So I knew it had to be made into something special! Thanks Ying!!
This three-piece set is a lovely fusion of stretch lace, bra tulle, fold-over elastic, regular 3/8″ picot elastic, white bamboo and rose gold hardware 🙂
I’m living for this rose gold hardware- I feel like it brings this set to the next level!
I never usually do a photoshoot with a whole set like this, because it just seems too riské, but I threw caution to the wind with this one, because I love it so much! And this has to be one of the most fun backyard photo shoots I’ve done!
I absolutely love how sheer everything in this set looks! That’s one of the best things about bra tulle on garter belts- it’s sturdy but you don’t have to hide your beautiful panties underneath!
And I feel like the fit is very spot on, if I do say so myself!
It’s also a really good thing that mom procrastinated so long on sewing up her sheers for the front window! We used the fabric pinned to the clothesline for this photoshoot 🙂
I love to think of this photo as my dramatic pinterest photo that’s super whimsical, then I laugh because naturally Gibby’s fluffy little butt made it in the photo to the right of my elbow
Now for the bra details! This is actually a partial band bra (the channelling turns in towards the cup), but I designed it to have a frame that went along the bottom of the cups with this low bridge to allow for this beautiful cut-out in the center 🙂
Then the cup itself is a very simple vertical dart, the dart ends just about where the lace edge ends, so the seam isn’t too prominent, and I love how the sheer white bra tulle shows over the top of the lace, and is finished with the fold over elastic for a really clean edge!
I decided to mirror that look of lace edge, bra tulle and fold over elastic with the garter belt because I felt it gave the set a great balance and cohesion!
And the panties are my bikini bottom pattern, and I made the front panel with lace and tulle, mirroring the top of the bra and the garter belt too!
I absolutely adore my new set! I can imagine I’ll make myself another one just like it if I ever get married, there’s something so bridal about it.
But for now, it’s just me and my Gibby!
And naturally, because I just can’t take myself so serious with this photoshoot- I had to include a couple of the bloopers! lol *so glamorous*
Hope you’re all having an amazing weekend! (and a happy 4th of July to all my USA buddies out there!)
What have you been sewing lately?
It’s the beginning of May! And if you didn’t know yet, May is all about bottoms for me! I figured that after 16 months of bra making, it was about time that I dedicated a month to making some matching bottoms.
For the first week I thought it was most fitting to make my favourite bottoms pattern: my boyshort pattern 🙂 I wear boyshorts almost everyday, there is something about the construction of them, the way they sit on my body and under my clothes that I just love!
This is the same pattern that I have in my Cast Away Collection (don’t worry I didn’t forget about those patterns- they’re just taking me a little longer than I thought they would!) But while I’m in the midst of grading and pattern testing, I couldn’t resist just making myself up a few pair to go with some of my favourite bras!
I did three different finishes on them:
And the pretty blush pair to go with my blush lace demi bra (oops, my lace demi was in the wash- you’ll have to check out the post lol)
These were all made using my new bamboo, which I’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time stroking ever since it came into the studio- it is SO soft! and gorgeous to work with too! Not to mention 7 colours that match my lace 🙂 it can be found here 😉
I was almost shocked by how much I enjoyed making up these undies this week. Not only were they fast to make (all three pair took 2 1/2 hours, with cutting, serging, elastic & clean-up! wow!) But they were actually really fun to put together, and this is coming from the girl who has done her best to avoid making panties for the last 16 months!
(sewing up my blush pair with my pink bow-dazzeled safety glasses #safetyfirst)
Do you like sewing undies? or do you usually skip over them to move on to the next bra like me?
I have a feeling that this month is going to release the hidden undie-addict in me and all of my bras might get matching unders in the future 🙂
What are you working on this month? Are you working on bottoms? tops? bathers? I love to hear all about your sewing plans 🙂
Can you believe it’s the end of March already? And it’s spring!! Glorious spring!! I love spring, and the promise of summer around the corner 🙂 Even if it doesn’t seem too spring-like in Southern Ontario right now- it’s still all the inspiration I need!
It has been quite a fantastic month, and you guys have been very busy bees!! So many gorgeous bras this month- and so much inspiration for spring too!
On with the bra parade!!
First we have this beauty from Claire!
Claire made this bra using the Boylston pattern from Orange Lingerie, she made it with foam and the beautiful floral! WOW this one has me dreaming of spring! Love it!
Next we have this lacy number from Ilna!
Ilna made this using a gorgeous burgundy lace she was saving in her stash! This was the perfect project for it! Gorgeous!
She used the Azalia pattern from Marinique, and with a few alteration got a great fit and even made matching panties! So lovely!
Next we have three panties from Christie!
She’s been working on a collection of panties for women with curves! Lovely! And aren’t these dotty pair so cute!!
And I love these- nothing like a little peek-a-boo lace on the side!
And this pair looks super luxurious- love the colour!! I’ve never had a pair of panties in velour- I’ll definitely have to add it to my list!
Love them all!
Next we have two bras from Lynda of Elle-Joan’s!
Lynda made this bra using the Boylston pattern from Orange Lingerie, with foam and a beautiful floral! I love the colours in this bra! So stunning! I can just imagine wearing it with a sheer white top!
Next she made this beauty using the Marlborough pattern from Orange Lingerie. Again she used some foam lining and a beautiful floral overtop! Both of these beauties have me dreaming of spring! Make sure to head over to Lynda’s blog to read more about these bra!
Next we have two lovelies from the lovely Sian of Rebel Angel!
First we have this stunning swimsuit, with a simple elegant front and a very strappy back detail. I love this suit of course 🙂 it reminds me of the one I made from the same inspiration of the swimsuit in the movie Atonement! Gorgeous
Read more about this suit over on Sian’s post!
Next Sian made this beautiful Boylston bra! Again- loving these prints!! This was the second attempt at the Boylston, and still working towards the perfect fit- but it’s definitely coming along- this looks gorgeous- beautiful work Sian!
Make sure to head over to Sian’s blog to read more about this beauty!
Next we have a very pretty bra from Andie of Sew Pretty in Pink!
Andie made this bra by cloning one of her RTW bras. She used navy lace, sheer cup lining and my favourite part- yellow fold over elastic- LOVE this combo and style! She was inspired by a prep-school blazer and I can totally see it! Gorgeous! Make sure to head over to Andie’s post to read all about it!
Next we have a lovely little number from Samantha!
Samantha wanted to jazz up her standard black bra, and added this beautiful delicate white lace to the upper cup! I love the bridge detail with the peak of lace! So pretty!!
Next we have a gorgeous satin treat from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!
This is a self-drafted pattern from Sofia that she has used in the past and modifies to whatever her fancy is for her current bra project- and this one is a real beauty with seamed powerbar, split lower cup and lace uppercup!
Sofia used a stretch satin for this bra, and enclosed all the seams inside with a non-stretch lining- as beautiful on the inside as the outside! So gorgeous!
Make sure to head over and read more about this bra in Sofia’s post!
Next we have two beauties from Linda of Uplift Custom Bras!
First is this pink and black beauty! Linda made this using the lace ‘Butterfly’ technique- can you see it? Such a pretty effect- and so perfect for spring!
And next- after my own heart- is this lovely green bra, that was made in time for St.Patty’s! I’ll wear a green bra any time of the year! Love it Linda!! You never fail to impress! 🙂
Next we have two beautiful sets from Anemone of Sew Anemone!
This first set was made using a modified Shelley pattern from PUG patterns, paired with the Bikini bottoms pattern from the Watons set from Cloth Habit. What a classic set- so pretty!
make sure you read more about this set over on Anemone’s post!
Next she made this super cute set using the DL01 pattern from MakeBra, with great success! I’m loving this set- it looks so cute, casual and comfy! perfect and very fresh for spring! Fantastic!
Next we have a beautiful set from Angela of My Little Sewing Dreams!
Angela made this bra using her TNT Merckwaerdigh pattern BHS10 modified to be a partial band bra. She used a stretch lace fabric lined with some non-stretch tulle.
This set is just so classic and pretty! I love it and the seamlines! And a matching pair of Cloth Habit Rosy Lady Shorts never go amiss either! Love it!
Make sure to head over to Angela’s post to read all about this set!
And last but not least we have three beautiful bras from Jen of Jensware!
This is Jen’s Ivory Floral- so pretty! Jen used the Shelley pattern from PUG patterns for this bra, with floral lace and powernet lining- super pretty for spring!
Jen also made these two black beauties with fuchsia stitching and bows for a fun touch! These are both Classics from PUG patterns, but in a 40E and a 52E – quite a difference!
WOW! Again- you’ve all inspired me with so many beautiful makes! It makes me so excited for this month coming up!
And I thought I would keep April really free and open just like I’m feeling right now with the changing season! – so my theme for April is a very simple one- Spring! I’ve just been craving all things light and airy and fresh and pretty! So I challenge you to make whatever makes you feel like Spring! You’ll definitely be seeing some stretch lace from me!
What are your plans for April?
As always, don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board, and pin all of your lovelies over there! And if you’re on Instagram and posting your lovely makes- don’t forget to add in #braaweek!!
You can go here to grab a challenge button and don’t forget to send your bra next month to email@example.com for the next Round-Up post!
I hope you’re all having an amazing Easter weekend! And eating all the chocolate you can like me!!
Week 8 already!- and here is my second and final make for February! I think lace was the perfect topic, and I’m already dreaming of all the lace bras I’m going to make the rest of the year now that I’m so inspired!
But first, what I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for!
The GIVEAWAY announcement!!
And the winner of this lovely kit (with either large or small findings):
I’m so excited!! I know Maddy will make something truly stunning with this kit! Congratulations Maddy- I will be in touch and this beauty will be on it’s way across the world in no time! 🙂
(*why does random number generator always find the person with the most expensive shipping? lol*)
Now that we have all the excitement about the giveaway over, it’s time to get excited about my make this week!
Since you all got a massive sneak peak of this bra in my tutorial on making a scallop lace band last week. I thought I would give you a little extra eye candy this week with a matching waist cincher, made with the Vixen pattern from Scarlett!!
I made this set using my new Beautiful Black Lace (and lots of it! So much lace edge!!), Black Bra Tulle, Plunge Underwires and a small black regular elastic findings kit (with a 3X3 hook and eye- my fave)!
On the waist cincher I also used some pre-made cotton binding to finish the edges, black channeling with 1/4″ plastic boning and some sturdy black woven wool for a waist tape and to support the grommets in the back!
Now I do technically have a full set with this bra, the waist cincher and the black panties I made to go with my black beauty set, but I’m not quite brave enough to photograph myself in the whole set for you guys, so these two will have to do!
I LOVE how this waist cincher turned out! The bra tulle looks so delicate and light as air! And I should say that it definitely isn’t as strong as coutil- so this is not a real ‘haul in the waist’ kind of corset- but it makes for some very pretty lingerie, especially on a pattern like this with so many shapely panels!
I added a little pop of pink ribbon in the back 🙂 just to mix things up 🙂 I love how you can see the waist tape though the sheer pannels, and this waist cincher is nice and high in the back, it even overlaps my wide bra back! I think that’s a more flattering shape though 🙂
I’m pretty impressed with how this bra came out too! I’m LOVING this darted cup 🙂 I know that they aren’t the best for everyone and all sizes, but I find that on me, and my size- they are so flattering and give a really nice shape! I love the way these large lace scallops turned out, it really emphasizes the plunge of this neckline. I definitely think this is one of the sexiest bras I own, hands down!
I think these two designs worked well to compliment each other as well, with the top line or the waist cincher following the bottom edge of the bra in that nice ‘V’ shape!
And don’t forget Scarlett most generously offered a 50% discount on this beautiful waist cincher pattern for my lovely readers this February with this coupon code!! YAY!
I’m so happy with how my set turned out! But I’m also SO excited to see everything you’ve made this month!!
Don’t forget to send in all your bra makes for February to:
Hope you’re all having an amazing weekend!