How to add volume to a bra with foam filling

Yesterday I’ve added another download sewing pattern in my Etsy shop for the Pushup bra This one has an extra option to add a layer of soft fluffy and voluminous foam filling. Very different from the quite stiff padding used in most bras. Continue reading

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How to blind stitch crotch lining in a panty

The past months I’ve been working on a project preparing my sewing patterns for download versions. Quite a challenge but I’ll get back to that in another blog. To celebrate this new step it seemed a good idea to start with a FREE download pattern of a panty. And while sewing a test for this pattern it occured to me I could combine this with a tutorial how to blind stitch the crotch lining, sharing with you some tricks of my trade. Continue reading

Using lingerie sewing patterns for swimwear

Did you know sewing patterns for lingerie and swimwear are very simular? With exception of non-stretch underwear both use the same type of stretch in the fabrics. Although the fabric for swimwear usually is somewhat firmer both still need a good amount of 10 to 15% lycra (or spandex) yarns knitted along with the other yarns. The main difference is in the styling and way of trimming. Without any problem sewing patterns ment for lingerie can also be used to make swimwear. And of course the other way around as well.

To explane how to do this I’ve put together a PDF which is available for free download on the Merckwaerdigh Home page at free downloads Continue reading