Are you excited to learn more about sewing lingerie? I promise, anyone can do it!
More than any other kind of sewing I’ve done, sewing bras has been a journey for me. (A short one so far, since I’ve only been doing it for 8 months!) At first, I was scared of all the new techniques and notions… and then realised it was nothing more complex that a lot of straight stitching and zigzags. My first bra was so exciting… and then after a few more, it became clear that pattern really didn’t fit me so well. I tried cloning a RTW bra and was thrilled with how easy it is… then one by one, stopped wearing those copied bras because the wires dug in to my sternum. Now I’m on to a custom-drafted pattern, which I’ll talk more about later in the month. The point is, enjoy the process, and don’t expect miracles from your first make!
I’d also recommend investing in quality materials. The wires, fabrics, and elastics you chose will all have a significant effect on the fit on any of bra. What’s the point of perfecting the fit with jersey, lycra or quilting cotton only to find out the fit is all wrong in your treasured “good” fabric? Instead, sew your first version of a new pattern in good fabric, then rip out just the cups and replace them as you adjust the pattern. Much faster and cheaper than sewing a whole new bra every time, and lets you work on the fit accurately. If you aren’t sure what size wires you are, try ordering a “fitting” kit that includes several sizes of wires to try, like this one from Emerald Erin. And don’t worry, we have a comprehensive post coming up soon on where to buy supplies online!
My final piece of advice is to get help from the online community! Ask your question in the comments section, or go to our new “Lingerie” board in the forum. The CSC also has a private Flickr group, where you can post pics without the whole world seeing them… or when in doubt, send a friend a pic and see what they suggest. There is a huge wealth of tutorials already online about sewing with certain materials, grading patterns, fitting, and patterns. Google is your friend, and we’re always here to help.
We’ve been really lucky here at the Curvy Sewing Collective to have two talented bloggers helping us organise this theme month: Megan and Andie! They’ve been active behind the scenes since December helping plan posts, approach contributors, and create content.
Megan and a few of her lingerie makes!
First up, Megan from The Green Violet! She says:
“Megan is a hydrogeologist by day, but spends an embarrassing amount of her free time in the sewing room trying to create a perfectly fitting bra. She grew up being inspired by the sewing of her foremothers, but didn’t start sewing in earnest until 2012, shortly after she moved to New Mexico and found her shopping options severely limited. She started sewing bras about a year ago, after she realized that they just didn’t make her size in RTW, and shortly thereafter threw all those ill-fitting monsters in the trash (ok, actually the donation bin). She wants everyone to know that bra making is easy (so jump right in!), but bra fitting is a journey that is best if attempted with the help of a few good internet sewing friends. When she isn’t sewing, she can be found skiing, rafting, and seeking out the best hot springs in the southwestern US. You can find her online at her neglected blogwww.thegreenviolet.blogspot.
Andie and her very first bra!
Secondly, Andie from Sew Pretty In Pink! She says:
“Andie blogs at Sew Pretty in Pink (sewprettyinpink.wordpress.com
In addition, we’ve got posts coming from a wide range of guests, and our own CSC editorial team. We’re all enthusiastic amateurs, and excited to get more people into lingerie sewing.
Happy sewing, everyone!