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.
The long bra version of the plunge has been tested in a larger size now, it seems to be fine. This time with lace cups and a plain power bar. Continue reading
Well, time to make a real bra again! Just to be really sure I also made another single test cup after the adjustments were finished. Continue reading
Time for another quick fleece test with the pattern I worked out last time. I did fix the lacking measurements before sewing of course.
I always like to lay out all the parts I will have to use before sewing anything. Just to be sure it’s all there but also because it’s quite encouraging to see all the parts ready to start. Continue reading
The butterfly straps being rejected it’s time to try the double strap cup. Gracefully curved strap pieces at each side of the cup. Can’t wait … Continue reading
Not only some adjustments were needed in the cup itself, I was tempted to do some playing around with the midfront strap as well. Continue reading
Now the moment of truth has come; the cups have to be sewn and added to the fitting band. I always make the cups of remnants in a light colour, preferably white. This way I can write corrections on the fabric during the fitting. Continue reading
For test bras I always use a mix of remnants because it’s such a waste to just throw them out. Usually in a light colour so during fitting I can write on it what has to be adjusted. Continue reading