I made bras this weekend...
I went through my old sad tired RTW bras and pulled notions, just sliders rings and closures and wires. The wires I might never use. Some of them are bent, and they are all too big for the bras I am making. A fair number of these old under garments are from days when I had bigger... cups.
sad, old, tired, ill fitting.
I never really thought about how much better I would feel with a well fitted bra! My posture changes, I am happy to wear it. Not anxious to get it off as soon as possible.
So, I did a few things this weekend, and this post has a lot of pictures. I will share my dyeing experience tomorrow, but there is a preview of eggplant goodness.
First up, 3 Marlborough's:
I made this muslin first to establish the size I needed. However, this is highly wearable. While the stitching leaves a lot to be desired, it is very comfortable. I did discover that on stretchy material I need the 34A and non stretch the 34B. This one is just Duroplex and power net. I wear a lot of light colored clothes. I realized this as I was planning all dark under garments... I wanted a nude color for those times when I don't want people to see my underwear.
Then I wanted to see about some mesh. I dyed all the materials first (more tomorrow), and ended up doing the whole thing out of the power net. The crushed tulle was just too whimpy. This one was a 34B (I had things all opposite) and I ended up shortening the band, so its more like a 32B due to the stretch all around.
I love 100% cotton material. I love jersey bras. So I wanted to see if I could make this work and still feel supported. I think it worked out pretty well! This one I did the 34A and shortened the band to make up for the stretchy material. This jersey isn't even that stretchy! It's at 25% in my opinion.
I also made another Watson. I did the less wide band this time. I also added a portion of neon lace. I would have modeled this one, but I didn't really feel comfortable showing you all my neeps. But, this is a super sexy one! It looks all warped off of me, but fits perfect. Love it.
whew. I sewed a few other things this weekend too, but I really needed to replace what I had torn apart in my bra wardrobe. I am out of underwires, so I have an order en route, and after I do some Casa Crafty sewing for the shop, I will get back to the sewing of pretty little things. I have a bikini in mind for a trip we are taking in a couple weeks. and I would like to make a racer back with a front closure some day.