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! 😛
The blog has been a bit dead this week! I had TONS of university stuff to do, but now I’m nearly done, so… It’s sewing time!! 😉
During the past few months (when my head wasn’t stuck on books) I’ve been spotting a trend on lingerie design: soft bras with a triangle shaped cut out at the center band. I’ve lots of them in my Pinterest boards, but my favourites are this one, by Playful Promises, and this one, by Kiss Me Deadly (and I love the photo, btw!).
So, I decided to draft and sew my own, inspired by those great designs! Mine, as you can see, features soft satin cups (lined with cotton jersey) with vertical darts, and pale pink powermesh at the wings. I’ve used a black elastic trim for the top of the wings and a wider elastic (about 1/2″) at the bottom band. Also, I’ve reinforced the side seams with casing, and the bra closes at the back with a metallic clasp.
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: