Adventures in lingerie-making

This Bra Kit for Pin-Up girls and pattern from ELingeriA had been sitting on my shelf more then a year but I had not touched it until yesterday. When it first arrived, I was afraid - what if I fail?

Since then, many bloggers have shared their success with this pattern, but the one who motivated me most of all was verypurpleperson. Reading about every new lingerie set she made gave me faith that I could do it too. And I did!!!

Fabric: Lycra mix (not sure what proportions) 
Time spent: 6 hours 
Size: 34A
Cost: €40.34€21 the kit (now it's €25!!) + €11.34 the pattern  (now €13.50)€8 shipping fee
Modification: none



The size was not a big surprise for me: depending on the brand, I usually wear either 32B or 34A. Before I cut the fabric, I made two muslins. The 32B muslin was a bit big at the sides but the 34A fit perfectly. For this particular model, you can choose to use the underwires or not; I went for the second option. For my first attempt, I am pretty satisfied with the results. There are only a few tiny details that I would've done differently, and the next opportunity will present itself very soon. I feel so motivated to make more lingerie!

What I did not like about the bra is the absence of cups and the picot lace. Usually, my bras are fairly simple; no bells and whistles (no lace, no trim), but I especially don't like it when my nipples show. If they do, I'd rather not wear any bra at all. Too prudish? But as part of my feminine fashion challenge, I'll buy more lace and make a couple more "feminine" lingerie sets. What do you think?

My overall experience of using this pattern and bra kit was amazing! If a dummy like me could understand the instructions then anybody can! For sewing this fabric, I used a regular polyester thread and a universal needle 80/11.

I also found this web page with a list of bra-making online shops and supplies. Don't hesitate for so long like me! Order a pattern and some fabric and make your bra!






Comments

  1. Well done, am very impressed.

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  2. I just finished a panty pattern from Ohhh Lulu and this is on my next sewing to do list. I am glad that you had such success using the pattern. That gives me a lot of encouragement!

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  3. Really pretty. And it only took 6 hours, very impressive!

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    1. Thanks Merche! I hope the next time it will take less then 6 hours.

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  4. ¡Qué bien que te hayas animado, te ha quedado muy bien! Thanks for sharing the links and I´ll follow you in your "feminine fashion challenge", that´s a great idea, maybe you can host a challenge about it! Have fun, till next week!

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    1. Hmm Why not? Let me think about it ;)

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  5. So happy to see more sewers making their own bras!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by :) You story about how you became a bra-maker is very inspiring!

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  6. Gorgeous set of undies!! I really like and enjoy making underwear and somehow have not come across this bra pattern yet so I will have to investigate it!

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    1. Try out elingeria.de! Since you live in Europe you can benefit from cheap postage fees ;)

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  7. I also bought this bra kit, I thought it was quite fun, but I misread the size - twice! so I made it to small and then too big. But I have a lot of fabric left, and bought other fabric and several books on the subject - we'll see if I become a professional bra-maker later on. *s*

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