Valentine’s Set

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This is the first item in my sewing plan. I made this set for Valentine’s day.  Just getting around to posting it now. I am very happy with the finished result. I used this pattern that I drafted I 2013. I used a knit fabric this time and I like the fit better, I also added a 1/2″ band to the bottom of the bralette and I find that it fits better with that addition. For some variety I drafted in some lace panels on the bottoms and a center lace panel on the top.  I like this style change. I have fabric for another set and am looking forward to more pattern manipulations for another variation. I also sewed in thin padded cup lining in the bralet, they were the kind marketed for swimsuit cups, I had to trim them down to fit into my pattern.  They are zig zagged to the inner lining.  They provide a degree of shaping and some support. for a good tutorial on how to do this look here.  Although I did not use her pattern the technique I used was very similar.  If you are looking for more lingerie sewing helps check out this pinterest board of mine for lots of great sites and even some free patterns from around the web.

I got this wonderful fabric from Girl Charlee Fabrics, which I recommend, for both the high quality of their knit fabrics and really decent prices, as well as super fast shipping. Woo Hoo, love a good experience like that.  All elastics came from Sew Sassy Fabrics, another great resource for sewing lingerie.  The red stretch lace came from my stash.

The Colleterie has a new online magazine called Seamwork which featured several articles about sewing lingerie this month.  There are also some lingerie sewing articles and resources on the blog, including an article on sewing adjustable bra straps.

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Liberty Knickers

Liberty Knickers

Liberty
$31 – liberty.co.uk

Some inspiration for future sewing.  I plan to sew some like these.  You could just buy them from these great sellers. 🙂

Bralette and Matching Panties

P1020045I sewed a little bralette and matching panties.  I drafted the patterns myself from my personal sloper.  Wow is that a lot of work.  I had to redraft the panties twice with lots of tweaking.  I am very happy with them now.  They feature a woven fabric center panel with stretch lace on the side. The center fabric is quilting cotton cut on the bias. This worked surprisingly well.  It has a bit of give this way and hugs the curves of the body nicely.

A detail shot

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My fabric print is almost identical to this liberty print.   I have been experimenting with drafting a panty that is made out of woven fabrics, I have some silk I want to make up into panties.  My liberty fabric arrived yesterday and I’m thinking it would make nice underwear too.  The bralette was drafted from this pattern I made for a summer camisole.  I was inspired by this lingerie from The Cherry Blossom Girl (no longer available).  I believe it is made of Liberty Tana lawn. Not sure because I can’t read French very well, but isn’t it cute!

Up next summer shorty pjs from one of these fabrics.  Which one do you like?

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