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:
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!
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! 😛
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!
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!
One of my favourites lingerie brands is For Love And Lemons, and if I were rich I’d buy half of my lingerie from them (the other half would be from Karolina Laskowska, but I’ll talk more about her another day). I’ve been in love with Love and Lemons all-lace bras for a while (well, to be fair I’m in love with everything they have on their shop) but I’m not rich (yet), so I decided to make my own version of those bras!
About 2 years ago, when I was finishing my Art History degree, I chose an elective course about contemporary Latin-American art, and I discovered a lot of really talented artists! I had heard some things before about the inimitable Frida Kahlo, but names like Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros were almost new to me (and many, many others!). I learned about the colorful world of the Mexican muralism, its striking imagery and its rich folklore. One of the folkloric elements that those artists used was the “Catrina“, a skull that symbolises the goddess Mictecacihuatl, “The Lady of Death”. (You can see a famous painting by Diego Rivera depicting the Catrina here)
So, the moment I saw this fabric all my student memories came back to me: I could do nothing but buy it! 😉 Isn’t it gorgeous? Now I’m doing the finishing touches to the skirt I’ve made with it (I’ll blog about it soon!) but the left over fabric was still too pretty to throw it away. What could I do? Yes, you’re right: a bra! 😛
Well, some time ago I talked about Kristina Shin’s patternmaking book and the first bra I made using her method. The bra was OK: it fit, it was more or less nice, but… it was missing something: it was missing glamour! French Rococo glamour! Marie Antoinette glamour! It was missing lace and flowers and bows! So I had to do something about it: I bought some white stretch lace paired it with pink powermesh and a black bow… and suddenly I discovered that minimalism is completely overrated. Longline Marie Antoinette-style bras are the best bras!