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Embellishing your Handmade Bras (II): Ruffles

Hi guys! Today I bring you another post in the Embellishing series: this one is about adding ruffles to your bras and underwear (you can read the first part about echo stitching here!). Today I’ll show you how to draft and sew a ruffle to your bra, just like I did with my Ballerina Bra, and next time we’ll do a similar technique for adding flounces. You’ll be amazed at how this simple detail can completely change the look of a basic bra or a plain panty!

So, let’s dive in:

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Embellishing your handmade bras (I): Echo Stitching

Hi everyone! I’m here again, and with a new post as I promised! We’re starting February now and Saint Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so many of us are using it as an excuse to sew (even more) new lingerie… right? Tell me that I’m not the only one! 😉

Some of us are trying new patterns, while others already have their favourites, the faithful ones that they make again and again. I’m usually in this group: I have a self-drafted bra pattern that fits me really well and I tend to make small modifications around it. I’ve used it for my Marie Antoinette bra, for the Ballerina bra and for my power bar bras. But, as much as you love the shape of your favourite pattern, you could do with a little more variety without compromising the fit or changing the style lines.

 

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All About Power Bars (III): Drafting And Sewing The External Power Bar

Hi there! Here I go again with the power bar series! You can read the first part of this series here, where I explain what are power bars and what are they used for, and the second part is here, where you can learn to draft and sew an internal power bar! Today, let’s focus on the external power bar:

EXTERNAL POWER BAR

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The Ballerina Bra

Hi there! It’s been some time since I last posted a me-made bra, and I felt that I had to do something about it! 😉 But don’t worry, the next post in my Power Bar series will be up next Monday (here you can read Part I and Part II if you haven’t yet!).

So, on to my new bra! This one is called the Ballerina Bra for obvious reasons: all that gathered tulle makes me think about a ballerina’s tutu, don’t you agree? 😉 This time I decided to do something more special and fancier than my regular bras, maybe I’m inspired by Spring!

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Refashion: From Shirt to… Bra!

I’ve been seeing some gorgeous shirt refashions at Portia’s blog since August began. They’re all part of the project The Refashioners and, if you haven’t heard of it, I highly recommend you to go read all the posts about it and search for the hashtag #therefashioners2015 at Instagram. You’ll find lots of cool stuff! I love seeing original projects and feel inspired by all that creative people, don’t you?

So, I thought that it’d be nice if I could grab one of  my boyfriend’s old shirts and do something for me. I was thinking about a sleeveless peplum top like this one, or maybe a cool wrap top like this (one of my favourites!). But Mr. SilverLining’s shirt had long sleeves, and I had to cut them before I started. And then I looked at those sad sleeves that had no place in my shirt refashion and I felt sorry for them. What can you do with two poor pieces of fabric like them? Well, when you have a weird lingerie-making obsession like I have, the answer is easy: a bra! 😛

From shirt to bra
My bra supplies!

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Vertical Seam Bra: Fail or Success?

I’m getting more ‘experimental’ with my cup seams lately: on my last bra, I did a three part cup, and now I’ve tried a vertical seam bra. But I’ve also experimented with fabric: it’s all about satin!

I used grey stretch satin for the frame (lined, to stabilize it), white dotted powermesh for the back and a floral printed satin for the cups (lined with 15 denier). You may recall this printed satin for one of my Me Made May posts: it was the same satin I used for some of my first handmade garments ever, a skirt and a kimono!

AutumnBra

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Lace, Lace and more Lace!

The moment I came back from my holidays in Stockholm, I realised that… I’d missed my sewing machine so so much! I spent almost a whole week without sewing!! How crazy is that?! So I gave my machine a giant hug and started sewing non-stop until today 🙂 And the results for that impetuous sewing are… a skirt and a bra! I’ll bog about the skirt later, so today let’s focus on the bra!

I love bras with a 3-part cup, specially the ones which have a seam that connects the strap extension with the lower part of the cup, like this one. Isn’t it pretty? So I decided to play around a bit with the cup seams until I got a similar shape, but I modified the upper part a bit until I got a more pronounced sweetheart neckline. Ta-dah!

Lacy bra

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