As you remember, a few weeks ago I drafted my first underwired bra pattern, the Anita. It fitted well, but wasn’t perfect, so I’ve been modifying the pattern and… looking for an excuse to use this wonderful satin fabric!
During the last weeks I’ve been attending to a Lingerie Course at Rosascrafts, with Lola Mata as teacher. It’s been really fun and I’ve learned a lot of things, while filling my lingerie drawer with hundreds of new bras and panties! 😉
As a final exercise to this first part of the course, we had to reverse engineering a RTW bra. In my case the Chosen One was a H&M soft bra, with a pretty design but some peculiar colours… It was pale pink (like baby-bedroom-pink) trimmed with light BROWN lace. Seriously, brown. I like brown, but, I mean, NOT for lingerie. Not THAT brown paired with THAT pink. (Dear H&M designers, what the **** were you thinking??!)
Anyway, since I didn’t take any photos of “The Thing” (your eyes should thank me), you’ll only have my version of it:
Today is a especial day! Not only because this post was planned for Thursday and today is Tuesday (oh, time travel!), nor because it seems that spring has come at last (going out without a coat in April! How crazy is that?). No, today is special because… I’ve finished my first self drafted underwired bra! *applause*. And I’m so proud of it, so I’m going to fill this post with loooooots of pictures! 😉
Last week I joined the Bra-A-Week Challenge , organized by Erin. I participated with my Billie Bralette, but I didn’t say a thing here because… I was on holidays! 😀 I really liked the challenge experience: it’s a good way to improve your sewing by practicing week by week, but also a fantastic opportunity for watching other people’s work (and be so, so jealous of them!!) So, this week I’m going to participate with… the Lillian Bra Top!
Today I’ll introduce you to… Billie! *Applause* Billie is my second self-drafted bralette pattern (you can see the first here).
It features a two part cup (made of low stretch satin and lace), a slim band (black mesh) and metallic closure. I used fold over elastic for everything, but next time I’ll try a wider elastic for the band, to make it more supportive. In addition, I’ll line the lower cup in cotton jersey, to make it slightly sturdier and hide the cup seams!
Today we’re going to alter our Corinne pattern to get this version:
On the front side, it’s like the classic version, but… the surprise is on the back! It has two strips of elastic lace, joined together by a bow.
- Pattern modification + cutting
First, draw a line on the back piece and cut it. Then, add 1/6” seam allowance to the pieces:
Last Saturday I went on a city tour around Barcelona, organized by Raval Cultural. It was really interesting, as they explained to us the artisan origins of Barcelona, and the evolution of the textiles industry along the years. In addition, we visited some artisan shops and studios located on the Raval area. So, I’d like to share my discoveries with you!
EL LAVADERO (c/Sant Rafael, 14)
El Lavadero is a jewellery workshop created by Isabel Herrera, but there you can find other jewelers as well. They display their unique creations here, but this place is, above all things, a work space:
- Fabric and supplies
- Our Corinne pattern!
- Stretch fabric (cotton jersey, stretch mesh, lace…) = ¼ yd.
- Some cotton jersey for the crotch lining
- Fold over elastic = 2 yd.
The old part of Barcelona (the Gothic and the Born districts) has become into the Promised Land for anyone who is looking for handmade items. Today, we’re going to stop by three shops that not only sell handcrafted products, but they also share a similar philosophy: everything they offer is eco-friendly and ethically made.