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*


  1. Thanks for the update on your mum. Since you posted about it last year I have often wondered how she is going. I am so impressed by your lingerie. It really is beautiful and thanks for posting it actually on your body as it really shows how well it fits. I really like the shape of those undies.

  2. Wish the power to your mother to win the battle!
    Your set is very nice, looks nice on you%)

  3. Good to hear your mom is doing ok, I love that set! I've bought a Merckwaerdigh pattern but never got around to finishing the set. Soon! x

  4. Maider from Masustak Eguzkitan24 February 2013 at 19:09

    Un beso enorme para tu madre y otro para ti! Mi madre tuvo cancer de ovarios, y fue duro, pero ahora esta muy bien. Qué animada al ensenarnos la lencería en tu cuerpo!!! Me ha encantado tu modelito te sienta de maravilla!

  5. Спасибо :)

  6. Too bad! You should definitely finish it :) I'd like to see!

  7. Gracias, cariño!

  8. So, so gorgeous. All the best for your mum too - chemo isn't a pleasant prospect, but it's better than the alternative I guess.
    I've been desperately wanting to start sewing underwear - I've got a couple of Merkwaerdigh's patterns and fabric kits, but work has been a relentless beast and I'm finding myself with a seriously lack of sewing time. Maybe in a few months time I'll be a bit more well balanced in the work/life combo! Until then... I'm looking forward to seeing what you post about in April :)

  9. I hear you! When I commute to the office in the morning I dream how I'd come back home and sew! *SIGH* If our hobbies paid as well as our day jobs!

  10. Gosh, I'll be thinking about you and your mom! Wishing her a speedy recovery. The lingerie is so beautiful-- nicely done! I bet your mom will really treasure some handmade lingerie from you. :)

  11. well you did a wonderful job , you should have a shop to sell these and more !

  12. i mean the bra and panty not the pattern .

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