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  When I originally made it I felt like it was just a tad too small around but going up to an XL would have been too much.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.


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

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

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

  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.