Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kwik Sew 3300: Black Lacey Bra with Secret Polka Dots Inside


Once I started making bras again last week I now can't stop... and I have more in the works!  I made another Kwik Sew 3300 bra here.   I should count how many I've sewn up since I started lingerie sewing a couple years ago.  I did need a solid black, not foam-lined bra in my wardrobe, I've nearly worn out the last black bra I sewed up with this pattern.  


Seriously... it's impossible for me to make a plain ole black bra.  I had to use a pretty non-stretch lace overlay on the cups and bridge then line it with polka dotted fabric.  I save all my  itty bitty scraps of activewear and knit fabrics from previous projects just so I can make cute bras and undies like this.


You may recognize the polka dot nylon/spandex knit from the freakishly adorable top I made for my niece last year, the nylon lace from the bodice of the reversible LBD I made for the Fabricista Fashion Challenge and the black nylon/spandex fabric from both my Papercut Ooh La Leggings AND the contrast on the rainbow zebra Fehr Trade Duatholon Capris.  I'm a thrifty girl.  I even saved the scraps of the scraps.


I made the lil' red bow on front.  I have a handful of colors of narrow ribbons I picked up from a big box craft store... yards and yards on one spool and they were 3/$1 on sale.


I made the same size as my last set of these bras, a 36A but just lengthened the band to a 38... making it a 38AA really.  I'm pretty broad around the back and chest but I have a pretty small bust.  My blue mannequin is a flat chested lady and can't quite fill out the shallow bra cups, so they look rippled and wrinkly-- I've been meaning to size her up correctly to match me but I'm too lazy right now.


I might have to make a bra with the polka dots on the outside.  They are so sweet that I'd almost wear this inside out.  But I held back and made sure I made a solid black one so I can wear it under dark clothes.


Right now Amy of Cloth Habit is doing a fantastic series for making foam cup bras... I'm dying to make one of those up (she even has a really nice list of places to buy bra/lingerie making supplies, too.)  I also need a racerback bra for a number of summer tops and dresses, so you may see one pop up on my blog soon.

My supplies for this bra came from:
A local warehouse sale from a clothing manufacturer: Non-Stretch black lace
Fabric Fairy: Polka dot fabric (technically it's swimwear material)
Sew Sassy: rings, sliders, elastics, back closures, underwire chanelling
Porcelynne: Underwires

One more lining shot here... polka dots are too much fun to keep secret.


19 comments:

  1. It's my goal to make myself a bra this year. Your are adorable! Such nice work and I love the secret polka dots!

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    1. Do it! Make one... make a dozen! Once you get a good fit, it's so easy & take scraps of material to make you'll be busting them out.

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  2. The polka dot inside is so cute. You make such gorgeous lingerie.

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    1. Aww, thanks! I never really have bought cute pretty bras because they often were soo expensive and the cheapy ones were terribly uncomfortable and ill fitting. So now that I have the power, I want lots of fun bras and undies!!

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  3. So nice.... what a cute little surprise by adding those polka dots inside and the little red bow in the front.

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    1. Thank you! Polka dots are just plain fun.

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  4. These are adorable and stylish. I'm in awe of your skills.

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  5. Love it! I really like this pattern both for the fit and ease if construction.

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    1. Thanks! I totally agree... but I should sew one of my other bra patterns I have, I could make this pattern over and over though!

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  6. Beautiful and ye the polka dot is the finishing toucht.
    I make also lingerie, its lovley to do.

    Corina

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    1. Thank you so much! Lingerie sewing is so much fun, isn't it?!

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  7. Another fantastic bra, Kathy! You are sooo good at sewing lingerie!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya :) I bet you would bust out some super cute vintage inspired lingerie... oooh that would be so cool!

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  8. I love it!! The polka dots are perfect on the inside!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I'm wearing it today and it feels pretty dang good on.

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