Three Things about Three Lingerie Projects

Three lingerie sets to share today!

Over the last year I noticed I was completing lingerie projects more than any other personal project because I was setting aside specific time for them. I’d plan to come in on a weekend weeks in advance, and gather supplies in preparation for a day of bra sewing. When the time came, I’d been looking forward to it for a while, I had everything I needed, and I could just sew! Groundbreaking eh? Back to the post about balancing creative pursuits: if you block off the time to do the things you want and stick to it, you’re more likely to get them done.

To make it quick I’ve decided to only write three things about each set, the three most useful points or things I’ve learned.

Royal Blue Watson Bra Set

Pattern: Watson Bra, Watson Panties. Fabric: Kit from Blackbird Fabrics.

watson bra set royal blue and black

Three Things:

  1. This fabric is way nicer than the fabric I used for my last Watson Bra set. It looks  similar to the peach fabric, but it’s firmer and more resilient. Also, I cut one long-line bra and three pairs of panties from one kit! The joys of being a small bra size.
  2. I fused interfacing to the cradle again. On version 1, I used interfacing, version 2 I used cup lining instead. The interfacing avoids the bubbles that occur when the lining slips during basting, or even if you’ve basted it perfectly, when you sew in the cups and apply the band elastic things can shift. That’s my preferred method from now on.
  3. I have enough Watson Bras now. It’s easy to make the same thing over and over again, like playing your favourite song on repeat. ‘That was fun, let’s do it again!’ Time to branch out and try something new.

Turquoise Lace Set

Pattern: Pin-up Girls Classic Bra, my own lace thong design. Fabric: Lace from Merckwaerdigh ebay store (now on Etsy), elastics from Bra-Makers Supply.

turquoise lace classic bra 1

Three Things:

  1. I like black straps on colourful lingerie. If your strap shows it’s a basic black strap, and if you can’t find a perfect match, it looks intentional if you choose deliberately contrasting trims. With the black accent you can mix in black pieces, even if they aren’t exactly the same colour black. Your top and bottom aren’t close enough to tell!
  2. I lowered the neckline of the Classic Bra pattern to a demi-cup; this is more comfortable to me than wires that circle up high on the chest. Where I went wrong is moving the straps too far away from the centre of the cup. The top edge of the cup doesn’t sit nicely, and it would look a lot better if I’d positioned the strap closer to the center of the cup so it pulls up the fabric evenly.
  3. Every lace fabric has to be evaluated for stretch and recovery. I wanted the delicate look of an all-lace band, but it is a lot less supportive than a powermesh back. It’s really pretty, but it’s much looser than other bras. I chose fashion over function, which is not really a good choice for undergarments. Not ones you want for everyday use, that is!

turquoise lace classic bra 4

Floral MakeBra Set

Pattern: MakeBra DL01 Foam Cup Bra, MakeBra free hipster pattern. Fabric: Kit from Merckwaerdigh ebay store (now on Etsy).

floral makebra free hipster pattern and dl01 bra

Three Things:

  1. This bra is sewn with foam cups. You construct the foam cup, then cover it with fabric. The neckline edge is finished with FOE (fold over elastic) and I like that you don’t have to turn the foam cup seam allowance under, that would be bulky. I didn’t really enjoy sewing on the elastic and it took me a few tries to get a nice application around the curves, through foam and fabric. Practice will help!
  2. I do love the fit and shape of this bra! It’s the most rounded and most shapely bra I’ve made. It gives me a round, curvy shape under clothing, which I prefer over pointy shapes.
  3. I did take inspiration from Anne the Clothing Engineer for this set, in fact I did the same thing she did here and added 1″ to the rise of the hipsters. Turns out I would prefer them to sit back in the original spot on the waist, or instead, higher like a true high-rise bottom. My learning from this is not to assume someone else’s modifications will be what you want, even if you are the same size and general proportions. Everyone is different.

floral makebra dl01 bra closeup of cups

Next on the lingerie list: possibly another MakeBra pattern. I’m intrigued by the fabric-covered foam construction and like the shape of the cups.

As the pattern business grows I often think about what I’m doing and how to spend my time. What’s the most productive thing I could do next, and what’s the most fun and fulfilling? Where does blogging fall on that scale?

Well, after being away for a month, I’ve realized that I love blogging about sewing, both personal projects and Sewaholic Patterns projects. I’ve always loved writing and detailing what I did, what worked and what didn’t. I like explaining things and knowing perhaps I’m helping someone with the same project or same problem. I like the storytelling aspect of blogging, going through the planning part of a project, problem-solving during the process, and evaluating the final result. That part is interesting to me and I think interesting to read about as well.

I hope you agree, because I’m planning to schedule myself a Sewing Day each week to fit more personal sewing into my life. I want to stay inspired, keep improving skills and make things just because I feel like it, no strategy or motive! Sewing may be part of my day job but it’s also a creative outlet that I love and I want to keep the passion alive. And talk about it here, of course!

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58 Responses to Three Things about Three Lingerie Projects

  1. Heather L June 11, 2015 at 6:17 am #

    Love the bras! I have a bra making book on its way to me and I’m hoping this summer to start playing. Your inspiration has certainly been a factor! I’m so glad you love blogging about your sewing because I love your blogging! (And I’m soo close to finishing my long awaited minoru…maybe another week or so. Will share pics when done.)

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      Oh good! It’s a fun type of sewing, different than clothing but not incredibly hard. Just different. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! And thanks for the thoughts about blogging. It’s sort of related to the last post about time – how do we fit it all in? what’s important to us? and sharing and connecting with people is important as much as the regular, necessary work.

  2. Katie June 11, 2015 at 6:23 am #

    I love the bras… especially the last one! I’ve been wanting to start to really get into bra making after making a Watson and Florence from the Seamwork magazine and that certainly seems like a great pattern for me.

    I also love the idea of schedule sewing days especially as I’m done school for the summer. I’m working four days a week retail (at a fabric store, at that!) and I should plan to have at least one of my days off for sewing. I just started a blog, as well, so I definitely need to catch up on the sewing!

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 9:51 am #

      The foam-cup bra is a different kind of construction, but very cool! You can see how it goes together in detail here:
      Four days of work and a day to sew sounds like an excellent way to divide your workweek. Plus, fabric store! You can get ideas and pick up supplies after the fourth day and sew on the fifth.

  3. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) June 11, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    I was so glad to read those last paragraphs, that you enjoy sewing and then also like blogging about it. I love reading blogs and I think a lot of people I follow are writing less and using other media (Instagram) to document their sewing. But the idea of writing a few paragraphs and having several photos is so appealing to me, and I like to read what people have to say about their projects. so yes to blogging :)

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      Thanks Beth! Great to hear that from you, as another long-time blogger. :) I agree, people seem to be writing less and commenting less as well. It’s easier to double-click and ‘heart’ a photo than type out a comment, especially as more people use phones and tablets. When I started blogging, I had a non-smart-phone and tablets didn’t exist yet. Things happen quickly and attention shifts from platform to platform. I like blogging because I have control over the format and I can type lots, good for my detail oriented side. Thanks for the comment! Feels good to hear people still enjoy reading blogs instead of the quicker, easier social media platforms like Instagram – although I think both are great in different ways!

  4. Sonia June 11, 2015 at 7:23 am #

    Yay! Glad you still love blogging, and personal sewing projects, because I love reading about them. On the planning projects to ensure success in terms of time, I do as you do above, only I split all aspects of projects down into one hour slots. That way I stay motivated, without getting frustrated by being interrupted. That said with any luck I may get two or three one hour chunks of project done in one day, you never know!

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      I like that idea too – one hour chunks sound so much more manageable. I feel like that would help me waste less time because I’d want to make the most of that hour. Glad to hear you enjoy hearing about my projects!

  5. Evie June 11, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    I love the color combination on the second set! Just beautiful. The third set I really love, too. Such fun fabric!

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 9:57 am #

      Thanks! It’s fun eh? Doesn’t go well under light colours though so it’ll be better for fall and winter.

  6. Tailor Made June 11, 2015 at 8:29 am #

    All three sets came out extremely lovely! I am really curious about the adjustment you made to the Pin-up Girls Classic Bra–can you show how the pattern pieces look after you’ve lowered the neckline? I prefer the look of the demi cups as well.

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      I’m not sure where they are at the moment, but I lowered the centre front by 1″. You can see the adjustment on Caroline’s project post here –
      The key is to draw a straight line from centre front to the strap point, no rounding or it’ll look weird. Mine’s too round here and it looks a bit weird.

  7. Michelle June 11, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    Tasia, I love your three sets. Just gorgeous – all of them. I love how varied this post is, even though it’s all lingerie, they are such completely different sets. Thanks for sharing both what you like and what you’d change next time.

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Glad it’s useful! I tend to be wordy so I thought a quick summary of wins and misses would be more interesting to read.

  8. Denise June 11, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    I LOVE those. I’m inspired to make my own now. I’ve never done it before, but it actually looks like a fun project.

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      It’s super fun. If you’ve never made one the Pin-up Girls Classic pattern has detailed instructions, and there’s also a Craftsy class on bra-making, and plenty of posts on the Cloth Habit blog

  9. Amy June 11, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    What fun sets! Every time I see someone make a set like these, I always want to throw everything aside and go for it myself. One of these days I probably will! That third set with its floral fabric is especially fun! And, I’m excited to hear that you plan to continue blogging. It would’ve been hard to hear that you decided after a month off that you wanted to blog less. I missed your posts the month you were gone!

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      I know eh? I was super inspired after visiting Kantje Boord and seeing the walls of lace. So pretty! Must sew lingerie!
      Glad you enjoy reading the blog. Sometimes taking a break from something is the best way to know if you love it and miss it, or feel ambivalent about it. I’m back!

  10. Kayte June 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    As a 40 H I’m looking forward to making my own bras; I’ve been working with Beverly Johnson through the Craftsy class and she has been guiding me through every step of the way. I can’t wait to have pretty underthings like these since I’ve been limited to simply beige or black because of my freakish proportions! :)
    I’m in the midst of the Shelly bra right now.

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:06 am #

      Oh good! I’ve heard only good things about the class. Makes sense if you are an uncommon size or just like the idea of making your own sets. I love the Shelley bra and my mom loves it as well, it’s a crowd-pleaser!

  11. Leigh June 11, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    I’m so glad you enjoy blogging about your sewing as much as I like reading about it. Your sewing inspires me, and I like your idea of scheduling time. It makes perfect sense, it just didn’t occur to me. Glad you’re back and re-energized.

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      Thanks Leigh! I’m so glad you enjoy reading the blog. Scheduling time – yes! I like structure especially if it’s by choice, if that makes sense. I’m feeling pumped and ready to sew! (Just a few more comments to reply to, then it’s sewing time!)

  12. Sheryl June 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    I am busty, so I would like to try my hand at the foam bra, but don’t want to be bigger. Is there such thing as a super thin foam for cups?
    Thank you,

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:09 am #

      You’re in luck! The foam doesn’t actually add volume or pump things up. It simply creates more shaping and holds the cups into their rounded form. It’s not very thick and it compresses as you wear it. So it won’t make you bigger, but it will round out the shape and when you take off the bra the cups will still be cup-shaped. (unlike if they were simply fabric, then they’d flatten like a shirt or pants.)

  13. Annette June 11, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    Phew, I was glad when I saw that you liked to write and blog! That is a relief! For me, anyway! And your sets, gorgeous! Really, they are beautiful. I have a lot of bra-making supplies, and still cannot quite bring myself to make one. Hmmm, maybe now is the time. TFS, Annette

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Thanks! I’m glad to hear it. It’s one of the reasons I got into doing what I do and many of the great things that have happened are a result of blogging.
      Try it! Use your least-favourite supplies for your first try, as it’s a learning experience. With each bra you’ll get better and better, both with fit and construction. Don’t be afraid, what’s the worst thing that will happen, you’ll use up your supplies? Good news, you have lots! :) Let me know if there’s anything I can help with or explain, too.

  14. Nane June 11, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    So happy to read that you’re not considering stopping your blogging. I simply love reading all your posts ! :-)

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Thank you! I do consider it from time to time, like is the best use of time? Sometimes it’s not about logic and efficiency though, it’s about what’s fun and enjoyable.

  15. Abbey June 11, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    All three of these are pretty amazing. I love how your three points about each one gave insight into the construction process.

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:12 am #

      Thanks! Let me know if there is anything else you’d like to know about the construction process.

  16. Dianne June 11, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    I’m glad too that you are going to continue….

    “I like the storytelling aspect of blogging, going through the planning part of a project, problem-solving during the process, and evaluating the final result. That part is interesting to me and I think interesting to read about as well”

    I agree with you 100%. I love reading your blog!

  17. Kaoru Marie June 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    i really enjoy reading about what you’ve sewn and knit. I just cut out my fabric for the Watson and am amazed at how little fabric it requires. What type of interfacing did you use?

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:13 am #

      I used a meshy knit fusible. It’s soft and fabric-like with a little bit of stretch. Here it’s called Sewers Dream, but it might be called other things! (I am 99% sure that’s what I used but I’m not near my bra drawer at the moment..)

      • Kaoru Marie June 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

        Thanks! I see that Caroline stocks some in her shop :) There are so many types of interfacing I never know which to use so it’s always nice to know what works for other people.

        • Tasia June 15, 2015 at 10:27 am #

          I know, and they all have different names depending on the store or brand. Once you find something you like, write it down! Try to look at the bolt too and copy the brand name and content. (I’ll sometimes take a photo of the bolt label so I know what I’m buying.)

  18. Anna June 12, 2015 at 2:11 am #

    I love your blog, Tasia! You are a very good writer, if I may say so… :) Also you are really inspiring to me. I’m excited about your patterns, the clothes I sew from them are my favourite ones. I’m sooo waiting for your next pattern being released. I wonder what will it be!?

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks so much! I really enjoy writing, I always have and it’s nice to have a reason to write regularly.
      New pattern is coming soon, two of them in fact! We’ve got them out to print and depending on when it’s finished, it could be less than a month!

  19. Emma- Crafty Clyde June 12, 2015 at 2:38 am #

    These are wonderful! What a talent to be able to make lingerie

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:15 am #

      I took a class last year, it’s a different sort of sewing but nothing incredibly complex. If you can set in a sleeve you could sew a bra!

  20. Becky June 12, 2015 at 6:08 am #

    They’re all lovely! I especially like the last one, because that looks like the sort of bra I’d be most likely to actually wear on an everyday basis. I’m glad to hear that you’ll be taking weekly time to do some sewing that’s just for you/for fun, and that you still enjoy blogging! Even when I don’t always comment, I do always enjoy reading your posts!

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:17 am #

      I agree. I’m going to try more makebra patterns and get good at the annoying foldover elastic application. :) The cup shaping is nice and it looks good under clothes. Yes, it’s important to have enjoyable sewing time that isn’t for work, just to keep things interesting and fun. Got to keep the passion for sewing alive and not let it be work all the time.

  21. Sue June 12, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    Keep blogging! You are inspiring me and lots of other people to sew, and sew some more, and many people don’t add comments but they are out there sewing!! I do love the bras, they look so professional, I hope to have a go at making one soon!

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 10:19 am #

      Thank you Sue! I suppose you’re right, lots of people don’t comment especially if they’re on phones or devices. You never really know how many people are reading! Give it a try, it’s pretty cool to make something that looks so complicated and professional even though it’s not that hard. Just different!

  22. Eryn S. June 12, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    Oh gosh, the more I read, the more I squealed! These sets are beautiful! I’ve stuck to sewing garments, and a couple of bags here and there, but you’re really tempting me to venture into the lingerie world!

    • Tasia June 15, 2015 at 10:13 am #

      It’s really fun, and not much more complicated than sewing garments! You just might love it. :)

  23. Kate June 13, 2015 at 5:43 am #

    I am glad. I have always liked sewaholic patterns because they are flattering with interesting details, like the lonsdale or cambie or gabriola. You can’t come up with those things if you don’t keep yourself inspired.

  24. Stacey June 13, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    Just a note to say how much I love your blog. Unlike some other pattern designers, I like how you sew your own patterns but also other patterns. It is a good mix of your business and your personal sewing life, and I like that because I learn so much. Please keep on in this direction!

    Thanks for the many great contributions to the sewing community. I am in the midst of sewing 4 Renfrews: 2 for me, and 1 each for my mom and sister. I do love that pattern!

    • Tasia June 15, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      Thank you Stacey! I’m glad you enjoy when I sew things that aren’t Sewaholic Patterns. Sometimes I think: is it better to focus on only things I’ve designed? Would the blog tell a clearer story then? Would we sell more patterns if we only talked about the patterns we sell? But I love writing about sewing in general and I can’t design every single great pattern myself. And I like sewing, and I like talking about making stuff, and I think it’s more dimensional to show that I sew all kinds of things. It’s probably something I will debate with myself over the course of running this business, so I’m really glad to hear the feedback from you.
      Glad to hear you like the Renfrew pattern so much! :)

  25. Francesca June 15, 2015 at 5:11 am #

    Love your makes, and I am really glad you are going to keep blogging about them! I also hope that some point you issue underwear patterns:)

    • Tasia June 15, 2015 at 10:33 am #

      Thanks! One day I’d love to do underwear patterns. It’s something I’ve experimented with a bit so you never know!

  26. Amanda June 17, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Love these finished pieces! Your work is inspiring. Looks like I’m not alone, but I’m thrilled that you will be blogging more of your personal projects. Loved that you decided to turn your love of sewing into a successful business, but I sure did miss your insightful posts about your personal projects. I learn so much from them!

    • Tasia June 17, 2015 at 10:52 am #

      Thanks Amanda! :) I’m really happy to hear that. I think about it often, is this blog a personal sewing blog or a blog for Sewaholic Patterns? I think it’s a hybrid of both. It would be easy to say it’s just for the business and then I think it would start to be boring to read. (Possibly boring to write too. I like to talk about all kinds of sewing thigns, it seems.) It’s hard to balance the needs of the business with my own personal sewing desires, but I’m going to do my best to fit everything in!

  27. Jennifer Hill June 19, 2015 at 5:19 am #

    Thank you Tasia! Please keep blogging; I love your interesting, inspirational and informative posts and often pin them for future reference, even though I’m a beginner sew-er and not up to many of the things you discuss quite yet, but soon, I hope! Jen

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 9:59 am #

      Thanks Jennifer, that’s so nice to hear! I do really enjoy blogging so as long as I have the time and people seem interested, I’ll keep it up. :)

  28. Heather June 22, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    i just sewed my first make bra last week. It is my favorite so far. I repurposed some vintage lavender silk to cover the cups. I don’t sew much silk so that was a nice new thing. I have sewed several bras and they are so easy! I feel like a beginner could sew a bra. More sewers should give it a try. Maybe not in silk for the first try though.

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 9:30 am #

      That’s awesome! Which pattern did you use? Lavender silk sounds so beautiful and luxurious for a bra.


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