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Friday, 23 December 2016

New Additions plus Final Post for 2016!


An exciting new addition first up is Madalynne's sewing patterns from Simplicity. 



I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of these to give them a try, because, shiny and new of course!

Something for everyone here with one being a bralette and the other an underwired pattern, with matching underwear to go with the bras.

The price of these are $16.25 per pattern and all sizes are included in the pattern envelope.

They will be ready to dispatch from 9 January onwards so you can pre-order if you wish from today.







New Band Elastic - 38mm Plush

Perfect for men's boxers or the correct width for the Emerson shorts/pants pattern from True Bias. Knitted 100% cotton rubber - lovely and soft against the skin - in colours white, charcoal and black




I've added satin channelling in colours blush (nude/beige) and black as this is a less expensive option for channelling than the plush channelling that I have in various colours.



And also, swim cup foam - 100% polyester, chlorine resistant, quick drying. The other foam in stock is also chlorine resistant but this is able to be moulded into shaped cups.

Tip from Bra Makers Supply - Smaller sizes can mold the foam over a ham with the heat of an iron - then cut to shape.  Larger sizes need to trim the seam allowances from the cross cup seam, butt the two raw edges together and sew across with a zig zag stitch.



That is all the new additions to the shop pages.


Lastly, I would just like to thank everyone for their support during the year - it has been an exciting year developing this business and I've met many new sewing friends throughout the year. 

Happy and safe holidays everyone - I'll be back on deck 9 January 2017 although available to answer emails if in mobile coverage range.


Merry Xmas & Happy New Year
Lynda


Monday, 28 November 2016

TREAT YOURSELF WITH NEW FABRIC CHOICES & KITS


Go on and spoil yourself for the holiday period by sewing up something luxurious!

New - Stretch Velvets

STRETCH VELVET
65% polyester 25% nylon 10% spandex

2 designs as pictured
- circular pattern black velvet with blush/skin colour backing
  (circle 11cm diameter for reference)
- black triangular pattern on black stretch backing

Both would be fabulous for bralettes, or indeed any bra pattern for stretch or if you'd like to use a non-stretch pattern, just line with sheer cup lining to stabilise the area.


 






New - Bra Kits

ALL STRETCH BRA KITS ARE ALSO ADAPTABLE FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Suitable for stretch bralette patterns - just drop the foam 
Also for underwired patterns - add underwires, and/or add foam

- Want 19mm elastics instead of 12mm? - just drop me a line.
- Would you like a kit with different coloured findings than I've chosen? Let me know your choice.
- Add additional fabric/lace, elastics for matching briefs? Also, just let me know in an email.
- Your pattern is non-stretch? Easily fixed - use the sheer cup lining to stabilise cups/cradle - add extra if required.

Don't let the below kits limit the possibilities of your very own designer bra - I'm happy to help with any queries you may have.

STRETCH VELVET BRA KITS





STRETCH LACE BRA KITS

















































New - Bra Tulle


Shown with white underneath and also folded up for depth of colour
These are able to be made into such a delicate bra.


Non-stretch - black

Non-stretch - mushroom taupe


Non-stretch - burgundy

Non-stretch - deep turquoise
Non-stretch - turquoise


Stretch - Black with polka dots
Stretch - Salmon Pink with stripes and polka dots



Just head on over to the fabrics or kits pages for more details on all of the above.



Lynda
Saturday, 8 October 2016

Latest Divine Gorgeousness . . .


Hi Everyone!

Check out my latest purchase for you all to enjoy - isn't it just the most divine fabric you've seen for ages? I just had to also try it out of course - see further below for what it became ...

It is a deep indigo blue with an off-white background. I initially thought navy findings would be perfect with this, but actually that isn't so! Navy is not ideal at all - it is too "blue" if you get my drift. Ivory looked lovely with it and so I decided to pair it with my new ivory lace in stock . . . 


which is also an absolutely gorgeous lace by the way! So I may have to get the dye pots out to try and create a really dark indigo to match as I think (speaking for myself naturally) find white and ivory straps to get quite greyish/shabby looking quicker than I would like. Navy and black are way more forgiving.

So for this little project I decided on the Pin Up Girls new bralette pattern (also in stock) which has the option of adding foam which I favour greatly in bras.

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I had high hopes for this pattern, thinking it would surpass my beloved Watson pattern from Cloth Habit, in that it was a bralette, no underwires, and FOAM!! Also to make a matching set, I decided on the Montgomery brief from Orange Lingerie. Took all my measurements as per the pattern instructions (the pattern says not to go by your RTW size as the sizing is different - all quite usual with different bra patterns), traced it all out and see above, my fabrics cut out and ready to go - so exciting!!

Just setting the scene here ...

I've rejigged my sewing room and wouldn't let myself in there to sew until everything was tidy and in it's place. Waited until the man was away and moved a cupboard into the spare room (which is also my sewing room), moved the bed over as much as I could, tidied up my stash which was hidden all OVER the place and got rid of some that no longer fit my taste/needs, and have them all nicely rolled in the cupboard with pdf patterns tucked into clear files and stacked in nice boxes on display (I keep going in to admire it!) - I had my modern Singer in place on it's old Singer table with overlocker at right angles and my sewing tools all within easy reach. 

It is so invigorating to have a clean, tidy space to work in - what a relief!! And so then, away I went, merrily sewing away, confident that I'd be wearing my new lingerie set by the end of the day.

Just look at the tidy way of finishing the foam cups with the ring at the top - the FOE pieces are left long, then looped through the ring and stitched down, and then the fabric is put on after, leaving such a neat cup, very impressive I thought!! Off to a great start - after stopping to IG a photo of this finish for all to see. 

That was my last positive thought!! It all went majorly downhill after that - I wish I'd taken more photos, but the one below is one I've taken after I ruthlessly took the scissors to it and tried to refashion into a smaller size - for some reason, all parts of the bra were massive compared to the sizing I usually make and I'm not sure why I never gave it a second thought before actually piecing it together. I even took it round to my sister to see if it would fit her, but to no avail! 

I have included all this just to show that even though I've made a number of successful bras, sometimes not thinking things through can result in a less than perfect outcome I'd have to say!! And new patterns ... new and shiny is not always better than tried and true.

So what you have below, I have basted and pinned together to try on. I hacked the cups to be way, way smaller, even the cradle was massively too long, almost to the point of not needing a band attached. I definitely have cut the smallest size band and cradle but when compared to the Watson pattern it is way out! Not sure if I've read the pattern incorrectly, if it's "operator error" or if the pattern is just not suiting my body shape. Even after my hacking, it has resulted in a non-wearable garment and I threw it on the bed in disgust!



I did go back later that night to complete the Montgomery briefs, which are a simple make, a tried and true pattern which went some way towards mollifying my wounded pride!


All wasn't totally lost then ... stay tuned as I'll be going back to my mess to see if I can turn it into a Watson albeit a foam one!

So, I have plenty of this fabric in stock, and also the cream lace and I'm planning on making up some kits in this combination also, as I think it's so lovely.

Do you all think so? Please let me know in the comments if you would like lace kits to be available to purchase.

I have a number of other laces that are suitable to make up into lace only kits - if that is a preference for purchasing rather than having to order everything separately.

So what do you like to sew with - pre-made up kits? or purchasing your own findings etc to match a lace? Look forward to your comments.

Have a great week!
Lynda


























Friday, 19 August 2016

Stretch Satin Kits Now Available





This satin has a slight stretch in one direction, no give in the other direction and is 144cm wide.

It is best suited to patterns without stretch, like the Marlborough or Boylston, but will need to use sheer cup lining with this fabric.


This glorious fabric will suit a range of different colour combinations of lace, elastics, findings. I have made up some kits as pictured below - feel free to come up with your own combinations of laces and findings I have available if you see something that makes your heart sing more than these!



KITS AS PHOTOGRAPHED BELOW - available until sold as limited stocks of main fabric

If you are wanting kits without lace, extra picot elastic will be added for edging of cups


Peach lace & peach elastics, rose gold or gold findings
Muted turquoise lace & ivory elastics, silver findings

Navy lace & elastics, navy or silver findings
Spring green lace, beige & ivory elastics, gold findings

Black & violet lace & black, violet elastics, black findings

Coral pink lace & pink, white elastics, white findings
2 kits only available of this colourway
Deep turquoise lace & turquoise, fuchsia elastics, silver findings
1 kit only available of this colourway


So just a few combinations to whet your appetite - a few kits have sold already so a great response!

Happy dreaming and happy sewing
Lynda

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Stunning Stretch Satin Success Stories!





Hi Lingerie Sewers

I have sourced some stunning pieces of stretch satin, as pictured above - they don't have a huge amount of stretch, but a little in one direction, not in the other.  There is not enough stretch for example, to use for a Watson bra or any other stretch bra pattern. Perfect though for patterns like the Marlborough and the Shelley.  I wasn't sure how they would both sew up so, being short of time, I asked a couple of online sewing friends if they would do the research on the above, both having made several bras each of their go-to patterns.

First up is my Shelley bra sewist who is a 14F in RTW but uses the 38G sizing in the Shelley pattern and gets a great fit. She would normally use duoplex fabric for her Shelleys which has a bit of mechanical give but no stretch as such and does not need lined although you may wish to if you like to hide your seaming on the inside. The Shelley has optional underwires although you still need to use underwire casing for shaping and this bra is made without underwires. She also does not like lace on her bras, so uses fabric on the upper cup pieces instead with extra picot elastic along the neckline edge. This just shows that you can get an amazing looking bra, even without the addition of lace.  You get to choose, since you are the designer/maker of your own awesome lingerie! 

In her own words -
I found the fabric good to sew with but did notice that it frayed more than the duoplex so it will be interesting to see what happens after a few washes. I do feel that the duoplex is the better fabric. 
The third photo shows that I have lined the bra although I do not have all my seams enclosed but they are all topstitched on the cup pieces.
The bra looks lovely and the colours are great together. I do find the bra very comfortable with no stretching or going out of shape and I just love the floral fabric!







The final finished bra - it looks just gorgeous!


Next up is my Marlborough bra sewist, who is experienced at this particular pattern, having made a number of gorgeous ensembles with matching undies. Since this is an underwire pattern, I also sent along with the fabric kit, a set of underwires that I now stock from Emerald Erin that are especially manufactured by Erin for the Orange Lingerie patterns - the Marlborough and the Boylston.

In her own words - 
To cut out the pieces I traced a copy of each piece so that I had a left and right side of the same pattern piece. I did this onto tracing paper so I could see the fabric through the pieces. Then I could place the pieces according to the pattern on the fabric. My aim wasn't to pattern mirror each piece but rather make sure each piece had the same colour story. Just so I didn't end up with one deep purple boob and one peach one. Haha! 


The main fabric did fray slightly but no more than the ivory fabric I used to make my ivory and green bra. I ran my fingernail the same amount of times over each piece as a comparison and they both frayed the same. See photo.  


My ivory one has been worn A LOT, I started out hand washing it and now it gets thrown in the machine on delicate and in a wash bag. The ivory fabric has shown no signs of wearing at the seams so I'd be pretty confident that the floral fabric will hold up too despite the fraying.  
I lined all the cup and frame pieces and created enclosed seams where possible - I guess this will reinforce the sturdiness of the fabric as well. I guess for the exposed seams I could have done a narrow overlock..... 
The fabric and lace sewed up really nicely.  


I think this is the best fit I've gotten from the Marlborough pattern so far so the fabric is really well suited to the pattern.  
The underwires fit really well too although they don't seem too much different to the regular size set that I normally use.  
(NB: - the underwires are slightly more splayed and a bit lower in the centre front than the regular size underwires I stock) 



Another stunning stretch statin bra!




Thank you ladies for such a superb effort! - they both showcase the fabric so well, and in their own ways, and they are both so gorgeous, I love them!

Kitsets to make these bras (or any other bra pattern you think is suitable) are available for pre-order now, as I am just waiting on lace to arrive to complete kits. Just email me, or message me on Instagram if you are a follower.  There is only a small amount of the pink colourway, so first in, first served. There is plenty of fabric available in the other colourway, which has so many different colours in it you are not limited as far as findings go at all! Purples, blues, greens, corals, as well as the peach lace shown (which will also still be available as I have ordered more of this popular lace even though it is not showing on the shop page at the moment)

There will also be a small amount available of some plain/patterned stretch satins and plain non-stretch satins in colours as pictured below:


Stretch Satins
Gold, Gunmetal Blue, Silver/Bronze, Pink/Red
Non-Stretch Satins
Ivory, Red, Gunmetal Blue, Pale Sage Green

Pricing for these kits will be: 
- Fabric/findings only kit $30
- Fabric/Lace kit - $35.50
- Add underwires +$4.50

Also some pieces of plain viscose lycra - which are quite stretchy and slinky, probably best suited to patterns where you want to cover foam cups, pictured below:


Viscose Lycra - in Purple, Fuchsia, Burnt Orange


I just love how everyone interprets patterns differently, they are all so inspirational and we can learn so much from how other sewists get to the final result - case in point is Kat from A Journey Through The Void - in this post here for her FIRST bra!

and her second here! Go and read her posts, they are very informative, I love her writing style and I can't wait to see what her next project is going to be!


Till next time,
Lynda