Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Lingerie knit kit

No, this time I won't show you my butt! Some time ago when I was searching for some interesting knitting projects, I came across Danish Knit Design and their Charlotte lingerie kit. And I was smitten.

Charlotte lingerie kit
Danish Knit Design is a small family business run by a mother and daughter living in Denmark and the US who share a love for the tradition of Scandinavian knitting design.When I think that in the past (way before the Internet era and the beginning of mass production), most businesses were family-run and nurtured tradition, I wish I could travel back in time and see what it was like.

Luise lingerie kit
It took me several days to pick a pattern: both Charlotte and Louise were screaming from the screen "Pick me!". But since the winter's almost gone, Charlotte seemed a more appropriate choice. At the moment, I am not sure whether I'd wear it as pajamas or actual underwear, but I am pretty much excited to start knitting! And Louise can wait for later.

The yarn that came with the pattern is made of wool and silk. I picked the smoky gray yarn out of the four colors suggested by the designers. The soft thread reminded me of touching a fluffy puppy; oh, can't I just knit all day instead of going to the office tomorrow?!

I also wanted to share with you my favorite activity since the end of last year: Coursera! From the statement on their website, they are a "social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free". They offer a wide range of courses from Maths to Humanities to Philosophy to Computer Science. If you, like me, are thirsty for knowledge and curious to learn new things, Coursera is for you! Of course, not all of the courses are great (I've dropped out from two) but since it's free, everyone can explore find the right combination of topic and teacher suitable for the. The great thing is that some of the courses can be perfectly combined with crafting!

Do you have experience knitting underwear? Have you taken any interesting courses online, craft-related or otherwise?

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Bordeaux & beige "wild" lingerie set

This my first blog post in a couple of weeks, most of which I spent with my mom. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of last year, she recently successfully underwent surgery where the doctor removed her left breast and replaced it with a silicon boob. Luckily, she's doing great after the surgery but a year of chemo is still ahead. Since learning about her illness, I have felt very motivated to improve my lingerie-sewing skills hoping to sew some cute custom-made bras for her one day.

I made this lingerie set from Merckwaerdigh supplies. Both the lingerie kit and the pattern MIX30I were purchased from their eBay shop. They also sell supplies and patterns on Etsy with slightly different offers.

Speaking of lingerie, I am a big fun of cotton sporty type underwear and never wear lace. This time, the choice of fabric for the set was a bit extreme but intentional - I decided to sex up my underwear!

In the past, I already made a bra using Pin-up Gils Classic Bra #1230 and I would have continued wearing it had my breast cage not widened because of yoga. For the new bra, I cut a longer band so that if my breast cage becomes narrower in the future it'll be easy to alter. Regarding the size, my previous bra was a 34A, but the new bra was cut as a 32B.

A few other modifications were applied for this set:

  • Since my left breast is smaller, I reduced the left cup - an easy modification due to the princess seam
  • I added 1.5 cm to the bridge because, as you can see from the picture below, the distance between my breasts is quite significant
  • The bra is wired and it feels quite comfortable
  • I added less lace to the panties because I am just only converting into a lace-gal

Following the suggestions from the pattern, I cut the panties in a M, but it should clearly have been a L. Luckily, there's still some fabric for one or even two more pairs!

As the next step in my lingerie-making journey, I'll try to draft my own underwear patterns. I am currently working with Patternmaking for Underwear Design by Kristina Shin and I hope to be able to show you some results in April.

P.S. I've never posted pictures of myself in my underwear before, but wanted to show how it sits on a real person! *Embarrassed*

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Danni Dolman Dress revisited

This time, the Danni Dolman dress from Style Arc is made from a gorgeous panel knit jersey from Tesutti Fabric.  I decided to cut the fabric so that the bodice remains less print heavy. Needless to say, the girl in the picture is pretty happy with the end result!

Last week, I made a muslin out of another piece of knit jersey. A couple of modifications that I carried over to the dress: I added 10cm to both the skirt and the sleeves. 

Being slightly heavier than the muslin fabric, the Tesutti fabric drapes much better and has a better stretch. 

The little flowers on the top create such a gentle touch! I put on several necklaces to see how it'd look, but none of them went really well with the dress. 

This fabric was sitting in my stash for several months waiting for the perfect project: the Danni dress. I would put it on for work/party/after-party! I would wear it all year long with different tights, bangles, scarves and earrings. I intentionally avoided the back seam featured in the pattern. If it were closer-fitting, I would not like it as much. But maybe with your critical eye you think otherwise?

Quick-project-therapy did its job and I am ready to go back to my UFO! *SIGH*