Added Nov 3, 2011
London, United K...
Nothing spells “quick” and “fun” like lingerie! Seriously, if you’ve never sewn lingerie, you won’t really understand the appeal, but playing with tiny bits of lace and trim is just so creative and rewarding, especially for ladies like me who really aren’t into embellishment elsewhere in their wardrobes.
Since it fit so well before, I used the same modified bra pattern from my purple hearts bra, though this time I used black, pushup foam cups and the black/brown Alice lingerie kit from The Sewing Chest.
The first step was to cover the cups with the rigid lace. The lace in the kit was 50cm long, with two scalloped edges, so I aligned a scalloped edge along the top of the cup, then pinned and smoothed and made a few needed pleats in order to get it looking nice. If the lace or covering material is stretchy, then you don’t need any pleats in it, but as mine was rigid, a few small pleats were necessary towards the bottom.
So for £2.50 for the cups, £1.25 for the underwires, and £6.74 for the bra kit (bought on sale), that means this bra cost me about a tenner. Except that I didn’t even use the dotty tulle included in the kit, and I had enough lace and power net left to make a pair of matching panties, too (I did have to add some picot edge lingerie elastic from my stash to make the panties, though)!
I used my TNT KnipMode thong pattern with the leftover black power mesh in the central portion of the pants, but I used the lace over the hips, with the scalloped edge on the leg edge. This means there’s no side seam over the hips, and no elastic where there’s the scalloped edge. I usually use knits for this panty pattern, but you can use rigid fabrics like this lace, too, so long as there’s enough stretch to make up for it. I’d say that the amount of rigid I used here is about 50% of the total circumference at the waist/hips, and I’m probably at about the max of non-stretch fabric you’d want to use, as these are a bit more snug than usual.
Foam cups, underwires, and a lingerie kit from The Sewing Chest
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