Monday, April 21, 2014

Pin Up Girls Bra & Rosy Lady Shorts Set


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.  

37 comments:

  1. What a cute set! They look fantastic!- I LOVE the Pin-Up Girls patterns, I actually took Beverly Johnson's swimwear course, and in a couple weeks I'm going to be taking her 'Boob Camp' with my mom- I'm so excited- I totally agree sewing lingerie is so fun and practical! I've never tried the Rosy Lady Shorts pattern but I will definitely have to- these look great!

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    1. Thanks!!! I've been watching all the super cute swimsuits you've been making. I am sooo jealous you live close to to her and are taking her classes. I would LOVE to take them! Make sure to post on your blog all your goodies from the Boob Camp :)

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    2. Erin, I'm so envious! I've been yearning to go to "Boob Camp" for a couple years now. Hope you have a fantastic experience :D.

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  2. This is darling! If only I had more time to sew - I would totally be making super cute unmentionables. You are inspiring me. g

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    1. Thanks!!! I know, I wish I had crazy unlimited time to sew, too.

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  3. I like polka dots, I think I copy your shoulderstrap (my englisch is not so good sorry).

    Corina

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    1. Thanks Corina! I really like these straps since they are really comfortable!

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  4. SO CUTE! A nice set of undergarments makes you feel beautiful whether you are wearing a couture dress or baggy sweatpants. Well done.

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    1. Thanks! I know, I LOVE having nice undergarments... I'm wearing these today under some worn jeans and a old t-shirt but I feel happy to know I have polka dots underneath.

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    1. Thank you Sue :) I wasn't quite brave enough to use this fabric for a bathing suit because it seemed a little too cutesy, but I can't help it and had to make a cute undies/bra set.

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  6. These are super cute! I'm really tempted to try sewing lingerie, now! I've mady the Rosy Lady shorts, in the past, but I also want more fabric to cover my lower rear...did you slash and spread, or just redraw the bottom line?

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    1. Thanks! I just re-drew the bottom lines. I'm actually wearing this set today and realize I need a tad more lower butt coverage... I've got a lot of butt. I used a more narrow elastic then the pattern asks for... but I did add a little width to compensate for that, but it's riding up a smidge (much like RTW undies do for me!!) Otherwise they are a nice fit.

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  7. Another cute set, Kathy! You are quite the lingerie couturier!

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  8. So cute! I love matching sets like this...

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I was going to make an other pair of undies with different pattern because I have enough fabric still, but have to work on a special birthday project for my hubby now.

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  9. Absolutely delightful undies :D! I've been on an undie making binge lately and have been enjoying your posts so much! I'm watching you avidly! That's supposed to sound flattering, not creepy LOL!

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    1. Ha!! I took it as flattery and not creeper talk!! I probably am guilty of saying things in comments that could be taken as weird if not in context. I saw you two bras you made, and they look soo good! It's amazing how even the very first bra you make can look so amazingly professional.

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    2. Heehee, I'm undie sewing obsessed! Wow, thanks Kathy --- that's a huge compliment! I am such a LAZY blogger and have made many more bras since those first two. I'm a big fan of using prints and / or fun colors (seems you are too :D) for my lingerie projects. A few of my recent makes for my niece are on Kollabora
      ( http://www.kollabora.com/users/280066/ginny?tab=projects#projects ), but I'm way behind on posting projects there too.

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    3. Those bras and undies on koolabora are so flippin' awesome! I'm about to read each description and copy them all. :)

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    4. Yay Kathy --- isn't that part of the lure of sharing our projects online --- loads of fun inspiration from one another :D! I can't wait to see the ones you make --- the Ohhh Lulu bralette patterns are so fun to make (and uber easy to eke out of scraps --- I nearly always line the band with powernet like you do, even for the bralettes)! Alas, I'm far to boob'ish for a bralette and need a bra that can do some work ;P! But my niece reaps the benefits of being smaller busted, lucky girl!

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  10. These are so cute and look so professional! I want to make some! Sigh :-)

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    1. Thanks!! Now, I know you would be able to sew some gorgeous lingerie... I've seen some really fantastic garments on your blog!!! Go sew some bras :)

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  11. This set is super cute!! I just love that adorable polka dot fabric. My favourite pattern is the KwikSew 3300 too, but this pattern is a really lovely looking one.

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  12. This set looks so cute! I love the polka dots - it's great how you can use fabric for undies that you'd never dream of using on other clothing. You know about the fun set, even if no one else does!

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  13. This set is too cute! I just pulled out my pattern after months of procrastination. I bought a kit from Merckwaerdigh some time ago that should have everything I need and my fabric is black with pink polka dots. 'm not sure why I'm so scared to try this because I've been sewing for years. Anyway, I just finished tracing and cutting out the pattern pieces and I'm going to cut out the pieces tonight and work on this tomorrow. Hopefully mine will come out as good as yours did.

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  14. This set is too cute! I just pulled out my pattern after months of procrastination. I bought a kit from Merckwaerdigh some time ago that should have everything I need and my fabric is black with pink polka dots. 'm not sure why I'm so scared to try this because I've been sewing for years. Anyway, I just finished tracing and cutting out the pattern pieces and I'm going to cut out the pieces tonight and work on this tomorrow. Hopefully mine will come out as good as yours did.

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  15. These are really cute! This bra is still one of my favorite patterns to make. I also like using nude fabrics to line bands and cups (and crotch liners)--it just saves time and supplies space!

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