I'm on roll here, my fourth bra and second pair of undies in the past few weeks. This week I pulled out my Pin Up Girls Full Band Bra Pattern and Cloth Habit's Rosy Lady Shorts (a free undies pattern)-- I've made and worn both quite a bit. My very first handmade bra came from this bra pattern, it was over two years ago right before I started blogging about my personal sewing adventures, but you can see my Pattern Review here. I occasionally wear that bra still... the cup size is too large now (it was a 38C) as I was on the tail end of nursing my little guy at the time.
I've made this bra several times before but just realized I never blogged about any of them. If you have never sewed up a bra before I highly recommend this pattern as a starting point! This pattern almost single-handedly taught me nearly everything I know about sewing lingerie,-- it's really well written with excellent detailed illustrations with each step. There is a good size range as compared to other patterns 30-38 AAA-H to 40-48 A-H. I cut a size 36B and extended the band length in back to a 38. You can use or not use underwires (I use underwires.) It's a near perfect fit but I can improve upon it. I will got for a 38A next go to see how that feels. As compared to Kwik Sew 3300-- my favorite bra pattern-- I find the cups on this Pin Up Girls pattern *slightly* more pointy, the Kwik Sew pattern has a rounder shape... but really it's not like bullet bra pointy!
Update 4/22/2014: I am wearing this bra right now and REALLY like the fit more then I first thought. The non-stretch tricot gives a really nice firm hold, plus the heavy powermesh does as well. The bridge sits perfectly flat on my chest as it should. The shape is very natural and not in any way 'pointy'. I had the same experience with my first version of this bra... I first felt it was more pointy, then wore it and it was totally not pointy at all. It gives a great silhouette underneath my t-shirt.
My main fabric is a fun pink with white polka dots made of nylon/spandex. It's a remnant I got from Fabric Fairy sometime ago last year. It's techinically a thin bathing suit fabric. I used a pale beige non-stretch tricot to line the front and the cups of the bra and a pale pink heavy duty power mesh to line the back bands. Not a perfect match but, oh well.
I've made the Rosy Lady Shorts a few times before (here are some) and wear them regularly. They are super easy to sew. I used a combo of sizes 10 and 12 to get the fit right, then added some more fabric to the lower butt area to cover my lower butt area. The elastic is applies with a small zig zag stitch, very simple. The seams are all serged.
I like the width of the fabric straps and how little strapping you need. It makes it easier to use what's only in my stash. I actually got the pink elastic straps from a new-to-me Etsy shop called ArteCraftsBraMaking They have a nice little selection of supplies.
I have even more lingerie making plans. They are such fun little projects and then I have super cute, functional unmentionables I wear all the time.