Nothing like a set of matching bra and panties to really make you feel like you have your shit together! This is the first of many I batch sewed earlier this year and am just now getting around to blogging about them!Click here if you would like to continue reading
Wow it feels like forever since I posted about something I’ve made that wasn’t related to a pattern or a challenge! This post is LONG overdue as Maddie of Madalynne Intimates sent me on of her bra kits AGES ago for her free pattern the Barrett Bralette. Major apologies to her that I’m just now getting around to posting about it.
Another one finished in my run of bra making adventures. This one was a gift for one of my fave chicks of all time – my cousin Audie. I wanted to make her a little bra set that would suit her modern, edgy style. So I decided to do some more experimenting with the strappy look as I did on my watson bra(s). (tutorial here)
For the pattern I chose the Oh Lu Lu Josephine bralette. Originally I thought about doing a color blocked look like the samples show, but then I thought it would be cool to eliminate the outer panels all together for a super strappy window pane look. I am so in love with the way this bra turned out. I had to do a lot of fittings during construction and make occasional adjustments to the elastic (Audie and I are similarly – ahem – minimalists in the chest area) but in the end it worked out great.
The undies I just threw together because I had a bit of the gold and black chevron elastic left and I wanted to make a matching set. I didn’t have a simple thong pattern so I just traced out one that I already had and took measurements for the elastic. I’m super happy with the way they turned out, especially since I just sort of threw them together. I made a paper pattern of them so I could use it again. I plan on whipping up several pairs next time I have a bunch of knit scraps.
All of my fabrics were just stash I had on hand. The elastic I got on an impulse buy at walmart (so guilty). The lace was a large swatch I had from my school days. And the mesh lining was leftover from my watson(s). For links to where I get my elastics and notions, scroll down to my wrap-up.
Absolutely in love with the whole look of this set. Its so modern and urban and a little bondage-y. Audie was super happy with it as well :).
Pattern: Oh Lu lu Josephine Racerback Bralette and self-drafted thong
Fabric: Stretch lace, power mesh, .. all from stash.
Notions: Elastics from here, bra hooks from here, slides and rings from here.
Adjustments: Made a lot of adjustments to the elastics, but not really because of the pattern. I did take a little volume out of the cup as the outside edge was puckering.
Finishes: All clean finished with elastic.
Time: Approx 2 hours?
Sew it again? Yes! I want to try the original version. (started a little backwards with this one)
Happy skimpy sewing!
Here it is folks! The result of my first ever foray into bra making. I’ve been wanting to get on this bandwagon for some time now. So when I had a lingerie shower to attend I thought “This is it! I’m going to MAKE my gift!” Of course, I had to do a few practice runs on myself before I could make anything gift-worthy. For my very first ever bra I didn’t want to get too complicated. I also decided to get brave and actually try on my bralette for you guys. No shame here!
I wanted to start with something simple so I chose Oh Lu Lu’s Scarlett Bralette pattern. I hadn’t yet acquired much legit bra making supplies, so I figured a nice little bralette would be easy to make with what I had on hand. If you are not familiar with Oh Lu Lu get your butt over to her website and check this chick out. She makes the most adorable lingerie AND lingerie patterns! With so many styles to choose from, I think its a great place to start your handmade lingerie journey!
I cut a size xs for my bralette. The only changes I made to the pattern was to take a little bit of volume out of the upper cup. I’m … ahem… slightly smaller than the pattern is drafted for. I did this by removing about 1/4″ from each bra piece on the center cup seam near the top and blending into the original line toward the bottom of the cup.
As I said before, the fabric and notions I used were just what I had on hand. I had the tiniest scrap of this white and teal polka dot spandex that I’ve been saving for a while hoping I could squeeze a bra out of it. Lucky me – I think I have enough of it left to whip out some matching undies! The yellow trimmed elastic I picked up at a fabric store with the thought that I’d use it with this spandex to make a bra (see it’s been in the works for a while. The white elastic for the straps was just something I had in my stash. Since I was lacking the proper hoops and such I just sewed the elastic straight to the spandex. Not an ideal application, but I had to make do.
Over all I love this little bralette, and highly recommend it for beginner bra sewists. I also love how quickly bras come together, such a satisfying project. I hope to make the lace-backed version some day!
Pattern: Scarlett Bralette by Oh Lu lu Sews
Fabric: White and teal polka dot spandex
Notions: Yellow trimmed elastic, white trimmed elastic
Adjustments: Removed about 1/2″ from upper cup volume
Finishes: Elastic turned to inside
Time: 1 hour?
Sew it again? Absolutely!