Saturday, November 16, 2013

Etherial squared

Since I was on a roll I made another bra from the remains of the blue stretch lace from Merckwaerdigh.  I had enough to cut the entire bra from lace, and even to match the motifs.  It's fully lined with the same light nude coloured fabric that has found its way into several bras here recently.





I promise not to clutter up these (virtual) pages too much with lingerie sewing, but here are some photos showing the inside, and how it's made.

Giant roll of
strap elastic
The straps are cut from my giant roll of silvery strap elastic.  I sewed them between the upper band elastic and the front of the bra to secure the ends at the top of the cups.

I let the scalloped edge of the lace be the lower edge of the bra band pieces, which meant I had to finish the band elastic a little differently.  First, I attached the lower band elastic to the lining only.  Then I basted the lace and lining (wrong sides together) at the top edge, folded the lower elastic to the inside, and finished the lower edge with triple stitch zig zag through all layers. The stitching is practically invisible on the face of the lace.

The top of the cups is finished similarly with very narrow but very snappy elastic from Merckwaerdigh since they supplied enough for two bras.  I'm pretty sure I've never seen similar elastic here so will have to give some thought to different ways to finish the cup top edge if I'm using lace again.  And I might; I'm pretty pleased with the look of this bra.

I attached the strap to the inside of the back band at both top and bottom for stability since the band is fairly narrow and the fabric fairly flimsy.

This is the end of the blue lace, but I still have quite a lot of the paisley mesh, and some blue elastic, and 1,000,000 metres (minus about 1) of strap elastic for some more bras.  And some more fabric from my ample stash.

I actually have another bra cut out, but think my blog audience might have had it up to here with the underwear by now.

I do promise to make something to wear on the outside soon.

14 comments:

  1. This is really pretty. Very skillful placement of the lace, too. You're not boring me!

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  2. Clutter away! Gorgeous pieces ... very inspirational and extremely well sewn. You know ... it IS your blog and I'm pretty sure you're allowed to post whatever you want. :-)

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  3. How gorgeous! And please keep posting about them ~ I also love seeing how you put them together ... J

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  4. YES! please keep posting your lovely and inspiring bra sewing results!

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  5. This is very pretty. I am happy to keep reading about lingerie sewing.

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  6. I enjoy all of your posts, but find the lingerie very interesting. Would be happy to see your next effort.

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  7. I've never had the patience/opportunity to make lingerie, but love to read on the details. Just for that moment when...

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  8. I really enjoy your post on lingerie!

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  9. The bra posts are very interesting and the bras are beautiful. Do you plan to make matching panties?

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  10. Not sure about the rest of your readers, but I love the bra posts! The treatment of the lace in the band is really pretty, and I love the way it mirrors the lace placement on the cups. Beautiful work!

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  11. All your work is of such high standard that I'm happy to read about any your sewing output. That bra is lovely.

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  12. Honestly, every one of your blog posts is fabulous! I look forward to them all. Love this color combination!

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  13. Your lace is spectacular and the colors are wonderful. I envy you the new lingerie but don't know if I'll ever take up the bra making challenge.

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