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Neon Underthings

July 5, 2014

full set

I’m all about sewing intimates right now. My day-to-day wardrobe is black, black, black, so any cravings I have for color show up in hidden pieces. I’m drawn to neons in particular and Spandex House has some rad lacy onesLike chartreuse. Most of the notions were from Sew Sassy. I used foldover elastic, 1/4″ bra straps and random lace trim from my stash.

bambi + ava

bambi top | ava bottoms

shirred bum

giselle undies

rosy unders

rosy ladyshorts

I didn’t make any alterations, but next time I’ll do an FBA on Bambi. It’s a little small in the cups, but fits well otherwise.

Initially I wanted to pair the chartreuse lace with something less intense than black, but all of my dyeing efforts resulted in colors that didn’t match! It was an interesting process though and I learned quite a bit about dyeing notions. More on that later.

dyeing

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Tons more to come! I’ve finished other intimates sets, some Hudson sweats AND I have a Foxglove in progress. Yay! It’s good to be back.

Stripey Underthings

September 17, 2013

I was discouraged after my last attempt at bra making. The sewing part isn’t necessarily difficult (minus the channels which I did not attempt), but I knew that it would take several muslins to get the fit right. And that’s for each pattern. I wanted a small win. When I saw this Jasmine soft bra on Shona Stitches blog, I immediately purchased and printed the pattern.

Jasmine consists of only three pattern pieces and contains so much potential.

ginger + jasmine

This set was initially a muslin. I just wanted to get a feel for the pattern and sewing elastic. As it came together I started to really like it! It’s funny because I’m so inspired by Ohh Lulu’s gorgeous, feminine sets (Sequins?!?! Are you kidding me?!?! SWOON.), but made such a boyish set myself.

ginger + jasmine / detail

After cutting out the cups I realized I would need to do an FBA to fit my, ahem, enhanced bustline. I kind of used tips from Amy at Cloth Habit’s sewalong and kind of winged it. I just slashed and spread. It worked because it’s a knit. A woven wouldn’t have been the right shape. Here’s my very non-technical result:

fba

I used a really old, poly blend stash knit. The black lining is organic cotton from Michael Levine found here. It’s the only plain cotton knit in my stash, so I’m going to grab a few colors to have on hand for linings. I especially love the wide, plush bra straps that I purchased from Sew Sassy. They are so soft and comfortable!

ginger + jasmine / back

ginger + jasmine / back detail

The bra is too loose around the band (even though I trimmed an inch from the back). I think it’s due to the stretchiness of my knit. I thought lining it with the black cotton would stabilize it a bit, but it’s still stretchy. That’s good though because as I said above, the cups wouldn’t have fit otherwise. It fits well enough and is so soft and comfortable that I’ll wear it at home. In the future I’ll grade the pattern down for a snugger fit.

And let’s not forget the undies! I paired my Jasmine bra with Ginger high-waisted bottoms. I think they are adorable and the fit is really flattering. I could actually add an 1” or so to the top since I’m tall. They were really easy to put together, but I need to work on my zig-zag topstitching. It doesn’t completely cover the elastic, so the elastic flares out and there are places where it bunched as I was sewing over bulky areas.

I’m officially hooked. There will be way more sewn underpants on this blog. Have you attempted them yet? How do you feel about sewing underwear? I’m looking forward to being good enough to cut into my gorgeous Merckwaerdigh sets and stashed silks.

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