Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bra & Undies Set




I've been good at making undies and bras... but never a matching set.  I set out to make a perfectly matching set but ended up short of one thing or another so I improvised and came up with these two bits of lingerie that I think it constitutes as a set.  I used Merckwaerdigh BHS10 bra pattern in view A along with Fehr Trade's Lacey Thong Panty pattern (it's free, go download it!)


The bra has no underwire and isn't made for tons of support or shape.  I made a 38A but think I should have done a 36B since it feels a little loose around the band on me.  The pattern calls for one kind of stretch fabric and fabric non adjustable straps.  I used a bunch of random materials and then customized my strap length with some elastic strapping.  I used a pretty pink stretch lace from Porcelynne, some hand dyed peach stretch satin to line the lower cup and cover the peach powernet on the back (this is leftover from a kit I got from Hooks & Wires.)  The black elastics, strapping and hook and eye are all from Sew Sassy.  The sweet little bow is made from a vintage black velvet ribbon from my stash.  


The directions in all the Merckwaerdigh patterns are translated from Dutch to English and are sparse.  Not really a problem- but I don't recommend her patterns for someone who has never sewn bras/undies before, they are not an ideal newbie's course in lingerie sewing- otherwise they are quite easy to work with and very well drafted.  This pattern has five different bras, too!  The directions say to use a serger for the seams-- I used a straight stitch on my regular machine and then fold the seam to one side and top stitched.  I wish I thought to use black thread in my bobbin when I sewed on the elastic, you can see the zig zag stitching on the inside!  I think the slight contrast between the soft pink and the pale peach (seen on the side seam here) are pretty.


This is my second time with the Fehr Trade Thong.  I made size large but added about a half inch to the side seams.  When I originally made it I felt like it was just a tad too small around but going up to an XL would have been too much.  This worked out perfectly, the fit is on the money!  I LOVE the black lace, it's my favorite one I've ever had (I made this bra a while back with this lace and wear it all the time.)  The lace is from Sew Sassy, the pale peach waist elastic was part of the set from Hooks & Wires, the fabric is a bamboo rayon knit from an eBay seller (all of my bamboo and modal knits I've used recently are from them.)   I did think ahead for the undies and switched out the bobbin thread to match the elastic.

4 comments:

  1. Wow! I've never had the courage to sew frillier. Great job!

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  2. Thanks! It's not so frilly that I can't wear it under regular, everyday clothes, which was my goal.

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  3. cute, cute, cute. Where are you getting your bows from?

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  4. Thanks! I make my own bows... there are so many terrific ribbons to use. I used a vintage black velvet ribbon I had in my stash for these undies and bra.

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