Saturday, February 19, 2011


I, like much of the sewing blogosphere it seems, have been very much preoccupied with the thought of hand-sewn lingerie. I've been dwelling on the idea a bit because, hello, honeymoon. But what really did it for me was the tutorial series on the Colette blog (along with the lovely Valentines shoot). And so, I came up with this little number: a vintage lace bralette.

Normally, the prospect of a bralette, a garment with little to no support structure, would not have crossed my mind (holla, sizeably-chested ladies). But since I've been working a lot on bust fit with my wedding dress and its many mockups, I decided to go for it.

The pattern didn't take long to draft. Just using measurements for bust, underbust, and bp to bp, plus a some well-placed curved seams and darts, I came up with a pretty fantastic fit.

I'm pretty happy with it (and I'm not the only one). I just wish I had enough fabric to make some bottoms. Some cute little tap pants, perhaps. I pretty much just threw this together with scraps of vintage rayon, with just that tiny piece of old lace.

I'm also pretty happy with the back closure. The loops came out nicely, I just wish I hadn't made the prick-stitching on the placket so tight.

I wish I could say that there is more lingerie-sewing in my immediate future, but sadly, there is not. For now, I'll be working on finishing bridesmaid dresses and hopefully starting THE Dress. Wish me luck!

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