Thursday, July 28

Blue Lace Lingerie Set..another happy ending.

 Bra making is quickly becoming my new love.  Its quick and satisfying all at the same time.  Especially when you are certain to come out of it with a perfectly fitting bra.
One might wonder, why it would be ok to publically talk about, let alone disclose the interworkings of your foundation garments.  Of couse, any woman would admit "albeit" in private, that she has always wanted to be open and discuss the problems she has with the undergarments.  We all look for the perfect fit in clothing, whether it be pants, blouses, t-shirts, dresses, and the like.  Who doesn't want their boobs to fit "inside" the bra cups.  Tara Banks was candid enough to have a show about the "bra".  Oprah Windfrey discussed it and women listened.  There spawned the bra fitting craze so to speak.  Even pattern companies increased their offerings.  What is so illusive about fitting a bra or underwear?
 Tara knows how to make us feel comfortable about the requirements of the body.

Moving forward...I remember last month spending 3 hours in the Dillards lingerie department getting fit for bras.  It was horrible, I was tired, my hair was a mess, and nothing fit.  You say, I'm small in comparison to the average woman with bra problems... Yes, I have a small chest area, 1/2 inch is all it takes to cause a bra to sag, and I hate saging.  I want my bra to hug my chest, not sit away creating a ridge under my clothing.  "It does matter." 

After taking my bra class in Atlanta last year, I have only made two additional bras, but during this time, I have been complaining about the ill fitting bras.  I just don't want to get rid of so many bras. However, when inventorying my stock, and I do have a large supply, I found that I am wearing only a select few the most, including the ones I made, which are my favorite.

  So, I look over all these bras and clean house.....

After all that I still saw that I need more of the nice ones.  The ones I learned how to make that just fit me, and me alone.  In comes my trusty pattern drafted especially for me...Intimately Yours, Bras That Fit, by Anne St. Claire. Needlenook fabrics 

I like the kit idea, because I can just work on any item I want anytime because I know all the pieces are there for me.

I made the matching panties from the panty kit provided by Needlenook Fabrics using Kwik Sew 2908, view B- bikini.  The fabric is a wonderfully satiny nylon.  The size may seem off, but trust me, when you really have the correct fitting bikini panty they may appear big.  I was shocked, however, I did not want to change the size until I was completely finished so as to get a true "fitting" of the final garment.  They really fit, with full bottom coverage and a low ride.  No panty lines.  Yee Pee!  The crotch will be narrowed an inch in the next pair, but really these are some great fitting panties.  So if you have buns that cup under a little, these have a nice curved bottom that catches all that rump. 

 Compared to the first pair I made, in which I used vanity sizing, I cut a small, because I figured the pattern has to be wrong.  I got a really good pair of panties that I had to give away....

I used some of the blue panty fabric to line the lace area of the bra for a little more coverage.  Although, the bra kit came with a lightweight nude tricot lining. Anne told me I could have dyed it brown using some strong coffee.  duh  I didn't think of that. More about the bra...  When I first learned to make these bras, my first complaint was that I donot want a "line" to show through my clothes.  But as you can see, the line isn't really that prominent.  I found that the slight curve in the sewn cup actually causes it to sit just a little off and properly fitting clothes just hang past the line.  Aaannnd...the bra isn't pointy, like it might appear.

I especially the way the band covers the side of the body...

...and how the back has the 3 hook/eye combination.  This is much more comfortable and supportive.  Anna has a reason and really good explanations for the structure of the bra.  The whys and why nots are important for someone like me.

Of course, you are not seeing the pesky little rings in these bras.  Thats because you don't need adjustible straps if they were made just for you.  Why do you need to adjust anything? Right? 
For my straps on this one, I tried one of her variations talked about in the book.  I made a 1/2 version.  Although, I really do like the suggested 3/4" or 1" versions.  I will not be making the narrow strap again...it hurts.

You should probably get used to the idea of making your own bras.  My Mom already told me she absolutely loves hers and that I should make some more right away.  "Mom, I will, I am on it for sure." Love you...

Thanks everyone for reading my blog...I really enjoy sharing.
Andrea

3 comments :

  1. Thank you for sharing. You have inspired me to learn more about Anne's products. I have a terrible time with fit and have to spend a lot on my bra's.
    Great pictures!

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  2. Andrea,
    I just read your review on Pattern Review and think your bras are outstanding. And now I see that you are in Houston, too, as am I! I would love to learn more about bra making...something I have never considered but would really like to learn. Would you consider consulting with me about the best way to go about it? If so, I would love it. Please let me know your best advice on this...thanks! Dorcas

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  3. Hello Andrea,

    This bra set looks really lovely. It is fun making your own lingerie, isn't it?

    "The Bra-makers Manual", which you asked about, does have lots of good information on fitting and making style changes. It does not include any patterns. I think they now sell a smaller book on fitting and construction. I think they sell this book on CD as well.

    I have enjoyed reading this book, but I am a bit of a sewing and pattern making geek, so I love reading this sort of stuff. I hesitate to recommend it because it is expensive. It has given me the confidence to play around with my patterns to get something I want though.

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