Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Two Kwik Sew 3300 Bras & A Pair of Merckwaerdigh MIX30 Undies


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

31 comments:

  1. These sets are beautiful. I wouldn't model them either. I made Hubby some form fitting long john's and didn't want him all over the internet either. My dress form gets the same wedgie with snug items. As long as they don't do that to you.

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    1. Thanks, Annette! I doubt my hubby would wear long johns on the internet for me either. I have worn and photographed myself a couple bathing suits on my blog before, but they are quite modest, it was the Bombshell Bathing suit.

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  2. I am so impressed! You did a great job!

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  3. That is sewing skills! I have never and don't will ever attempt a bra! I am struggling trying to make a swimsuit. Great Job!

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    1. Wow, thanks! I started by bra sewing adventures with the full band Pin Up Girls pattern and a pre-made kit from the same company. It was so clear and understandable to work with as a brand new bra sewer.

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  4. Wow! Awesome! Fantastic. You did a beautiful job. I wish I had the courage to sew something as beautiful as you have. If I made myself a bra it would fit. There is very little selection in my size.

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    1. Thanks! The main issue is fit for sure. I've made some less then perfect fitting ones, that for sure. I have so many fitting issues in the rest of me sewing that it's nice to be a fairly average bra size in patterns... well I don't have much boob but it's waaaaay less complicated then having to fit a fuller bust.

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  5. Bra making is a skill I haven't acquired yet, but plan to try some day. Very pretty and the dye job worked really well.

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    1. You have to try it! If you are at least an advanced beginner, you can lean pretty easily. I recommend using the Pin Up Girls bra patterns, I used it for my 1st bra and learned so much, they are clear and well written. It's a matter of getting the sizing and fit right, really.

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  6. Totally beautiful undies! That Kwik Sew pattern is a really easy one and sew fast to sew - it's wonderful that you got such a great fit.
    Laurel

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    1. Thanks Laurel! I know, it's like instant gratification with a handful of tiny pattern pieces. I'm planning on doing a few more bras really soon.

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  7. the are both beutiful

    Corina

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    1. Thanks! Have you done bras and lingerie?! I can't recall if I've ever seen any on your blog. I KNOW you could make some gorgeous stuff.

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  9. You did a WONDERFUL job!!! :)

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  10. BEAUTIFUL Kathy!!! And constructed so well!

    I saw that KS pattern when there was a sale but they don't have my size! :( I've yet to find a bra pattern with my size.

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    1. Thanks!!! Now, okay you would absolutely be able to sew bras up really well. The key is fit that is for sure. I wonder if Pin Up Girls has a better range of sizes? I know, everyone seems to make sizes 30-40 A-DD at best.

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    2. Hey Nakisha-- I was just looking at Pin Up Girls' etsy site for some patterns... they seem to have way more sizing then I've seen for bras at 30AAA-H up to 38A-H. Looks like they include average band sizes with cups up to H... not sure what your bra sizing needs are, just was impressed that they do have better sizes available.

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    3. Thank you!!! I'll go check em out. I'm a 34DD so it can be tough to get the smaller band with larger cups.

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  11. They're perfect! I love the white with peach especially. You finish them so professionally!

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  12. You made those?!! You're so insanely talented <3!! You've inspired me to learn how to make 'em! I need a matching set, i cant ever find the right set cus im too bottom heavy XD
    (P.S that last photo looks great- perfect way to show them!)

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    1. Wow, thank you so much!!! Yes, you need to give lingerie sewing a try, if you a are an advanced beginner seamstress you'll surely be able to do it!!

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  13. beautiful work! I recently found a supply of bra strapping elastic in the garment district, and rings and sliders too, now that you've inspired me, I'll have to pull out the lingerie goodies and make up a bra or two. I never did get the fit exactly right, but I got pretty close!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, it's really about the fit... the actual sewing you surely would have an easy time with. I wish I had a garment district here, too :)

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  14. Beautiful lingerie, Kathy! To me you're amazing! I've had two bra kits plus a kwik sew pattern sitting in my sewing room for over a year and I still haven't made them! Maybe this will push me a little to finally try it myself!

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