Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My First Lingerie Set

I finished sewing my first lingerie set yesterday. Sewing lingerie is so much fun and so fast. This bra took me 6 hours to make. I've shaved one hour off of my previous time. Not bad for the third bra I've sewn. The underwear took me about two and half hours, including drafting the pattern. One problem I came across was photography. It is impossible to photograph underwear so that it doesn't look huge. My solution: photograph from a height and an angle. I think it worked out pretty well. 

I hate nude bras. They seem so institutional. Like orthotics for your breasts. My solution was to add a little bit of lace. I found this lace on clearance at Fabricland. The problem with buying lace not specified for lingerie is the scratch factor. This lace is pretty scratchy- especially on the leg opening (see picture below).

I was able to counteract this by only placing the lace on the bra where the inside seams would be covered with elastic. That way I'm not itchy all day. I drafted the pantie pattern from instructions I received at Beverly Johnson's Perfect Panties class at Bra-Makers Supply. It is a great class and the pattern drafting creates a perfect pair of panties specifically drafted to your body. LOVE IT! I can't wait to make more lingerie sets! I have at least 9 bras planned...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A break from Sewing.

Due to an impending essay due date and a pulled muscle in my back I have been forced to take a break for sewing... This is terrible. All I want to do is sew all day and night. But I am stuck writing an essay for my Women and Work in Canada course. Hopefully I can finish this course and get back to sewing soon. As for my pulled back muscle, I'll have to wait until it is better. This is what I was working on before I was distracted by essay writing anxiety.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bra Making!

My second hand made bra ever! Black with hot pink lace

I have been looking forward to taking a the bra making class at Bra-Makers Supply in Hamilton for months. Dreams of starting my own custom bra making business filled my head while I counted the days to the start of the class. I arrived at Bra Maker Supply and entered a lovely store filled with lace and trim and every colour you could imagine. The first thing they do after you are situated is a fitting. A bra fitting with Beverly (the store owner and Fairy Bra-mother) is something between a chat with your best friend and a physical. Beverly knows everything about bra fitting and diagnoses bra fit issues in seconds. Once fitted I received my pattern and materials. Beverly and her assistant made alterations to my pattern and then cut it out. The class is extended over two days. The instructor, Denise led us through each technique involved with creating a custom bra. It is surprisingly easy. They say if you can set in a sleeve, you can make a bra. I find setting in a sleeve far more tedious then making a bra. 

They provide you the the materials to make a white bra. Mine was far too boring to show here, but once I finished the class I got started making a more exciting bra. Bra Makers Supply sells bra kits. The kits include all of the basic materials to make one bra. I added underwires and bought some lace to make the bra a little more fancy. Did you know that underwires not only come in different sizes, they also come in different lengths and widths? No wonder women all over the world suffer with uncomfortable bras.

I sat down at my sewing machine at 10pm on a Monday night, sewed until 2:30am, went to sleep and woke up the next morning ready to finish my bra. In total it took my 7 hours to make this bra. That's pretty good for my second bra. I anticipate getting faster the more I make. I have tons of ideas for more bras to make.

The great thing about making your own bras is that they instantly make you feel great. You have a little secret hiding under your clothes- a custom handmade bra by you.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Another Simplicity 3533

I love Simplicity 3533 and have made it several times. Each time I make it i try to improve it or change it in some way. This time I made a V neck. I used this beautiful stripped fabric that I bought at Fabricland. I originally used this fabric to create a top for my sewing class. Unfortunately, that top turned out to be an unwearable disaster and I wasted most of it. I only had a small amount left and used it for the front of this top. The back is pink lining. This top is an example of unfortunate pattern placement. If i had of reversed the pattern pieces the curves would minimize my stomach instead of making it look bigger. However, I still wear the top, usually with a sweater or blazer, and love the colours.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Inspiration: Fringe

I have been inspired lately by fringe. I recently read 'Surprising uses for Selvages' in the most recent Threads Magazine and it reminded me of a picture I took months ago. I was browsing in the drugstore and looking at the fashion magazines, when I came across this picture. I  took a picture of it on my phone but didn't write down who created these wonderful pants. I have just the fabric to create a look like this. It will be my first foray into trousers, but I up for the challenge. My next project is a dress for a wedding shower in two weeks. But after that I will be making pants.

Pocket Inspiration

Tweed Selvage Edge

Tweed Jacket with fringed selvage trim

Friday, July 4, 2014

Pinterest is Dangerous

 Sorry for the blurry photo

 Close up of the smocking (the camera changed the colour of the fabric)

Pinterest is dangerous! I pin all the time, and love everything, and think that everything I pin will be a) totally easy and b) take not time to do. I AM ALWAYS WRONG. I pinned Marta's amazing tutorial on pinterest to make a little girls smocked dress. I immediately started to think of applications for my sewing projects. I used my go to shell pattern, Simplicity 3533 View B, as a starting point and followed Marta's instructions to create the smocking. I almost went blind. Using dark purple fabric and dark purple thread and staring for hours at very small stitches is not good. At about the 5th hour my eyes did some sort of wiggle and then they went on strike. I could barely read for a week as a result of the eye strain. I went out and bought a super fancy magnify lamp from Walmart, which made the completion of the project much simpler and easier on my eyes. I'm happy with the result, and have fallen in love with fabric manipulation.