I've been in a bit of a sewing rut recently and had a cold that wouldn't quit last week. So to cure my sewing block and bring some sunshine to my life I whipped out all my pretty lingerie making supplies. I haven't made bras and undies in a year and almost forgot how easy they are to make! This bra pattern has been my best fitting yet, Kwik Sew 3300. The undies are Merckwaerdigh MIX30. I've made these a few times already, too. You can see my last set of both of these here. I've well over a dozen bras in the past few years.
All of the lace was from a mega warehouse sale from a local lingerie/activewear clothing manufacturer-- I paid maybe fifty cents a yard (or less? I can't recall exactly...) for this gorgeous stretch lace! I dyed the lace from white and cream to this pretty blue during my dye job for those great fitting shorts I made recently. It took 10 minutes on the stovetop in a RIT Dye (Denim Blue- the liquid version) mixed with vinegar to get this color-- I followed the recommendations RIT gives here for dyeing nylon fabric. I forgot to dye a bit of cotton for the crotch bit on the undies, that's still a plain white. The solid stretch fabric is a nylon/spandex blend.
You have to look closely but the cup lace on the blue bra is different then the lace on the band. I ran out of the one lace but had the other I also dyed... it's actually a really pretty and subtle contrast. Yikes... check out the crazy crotch and bum fit on my mannequin!
I used size large for the undies, like I have previously... but I may have gained a handful of pounds this winter so they are a little more snug then I'd like. The bra cup a 36A, but with a 38 band... yes, that makes me a 38AA in this particular bra. I often buy 36B or 38B (it's basically impossible to find 38A) in RTW bras.
I have a hard time just making a plain white bra, but I really needed one. I used a slightly peach elastic on the inside to shake things up. The solid fabric is the same material as the blue, just in it's original color... it's a soft cream.
I love the edges of the lace so I need to show that off along the bottom of the bra band. You can see all of my stitching and how well my dye job was on the blue fabrics and underwire casing! I'm loving it! I use bra hooks that are only two deep-- it's a custom fitted garment and don't think I need the three like I usually find on RTW ones.
I made the blue one first and totally forgot to enclose my seams on my cups on the inside, it looks neater on the white bra. On the top part of the cup I use only lace, on the lower cup I use a layer of lace and a layer of the solid nylon/spandex fabric.
You will never, ever catch me fashioning my bras, undies and other unmentionables on my blog... unless it's over jeans and three shirts. Dang, they look good on me, eh?
Update April 9, 2014: Where did I get all my bits and bobs for these bras? I have a stash of lingerie supplies I've been collecting over the past several years, and sometimes use scraps from my activewear fabrics, but can recall where each thing comes from:Lace: A random wearhouse sale from a local clothing manufacturer
Solid nylon/spandex fabric: JoAnn's red tag clearance section
Underwires, blue picot edged elastic (already was this color when I bought it): Porcelynne
Underwire channels, rings/slides, hook & eye back closure, elastics (I dyed blue): Sew Sassy
Elastic (pale peach on the white bra), bra strapping: Leftover from a bra kit from Summerset
White 100% organic cotton jersey crotch lining: Fabric.com