Spring flowers set

Spring flowers set

Spring flowers set

Instead of packing like what I was supposed to do, I made a new set of bra and panties yesterday.

I was packing in the sewing room when my eyes rested upon this wonderful lycra fabric in my stash. The flowers pattern looks like a blooming garden in spring, and suddenly I felt that I need to make something with it right that very moment! Actually sewing calmed down my nerves, so it was my way of refreshing between packing.

The fabric was bought sometime ago in Okadaya, Shinjuku. The elastic and notions are from Merckwaerdigh at ebay. The bra pattern is my usual one, Pin-up Girls Classic Bra #1230, size 30C, a classic full band bra that can be made with or without underwires. I made mine with underwires.

The panties are high-waisted, made with PDF pattern, The Betty High Waist Panties from Ohhh Lulu. This is the first time I used this pattern, it came to my attention after reading this post by Madalynne. The pattern is for classic, princess-seam high waist knickers, it is designed for knits, but  can accommodate stretch-wovens, or loose-weaves cut on the bias.

I used serger to sew princess seams on the panties, then finished the elastic with sewing machine. I made size S but next time I will go with XS for a better fit. The instructions were very clear and straight-forward. I really had a good time making the panties, too bad my fabric is only enough for one pair.

The thing about high-waist panties is they look rather strange on hanger, maybe not as cute as the ordinary cheeky panties. But they are actually very flattering on the body. Worn together with the bra, they look like a retro swimwear set!

Spring flowers set

Spring flowers set Spring flowers set

Bra pattern is Pin-up Girls Classic Bra #1230 from eLingeria, size 30C.
Panties pattern is Ohhh Lulu The Betty High Waist Panties, size S (PDF pattern).

Peach and grey lingerie set

Peach and grey set

Peach and grey lingerie set

Making bra and panties is a sort of instant gratification for me. They only need little fabrics and don’t need much space for cutting the pattern. And with each lingerie project that I’ve finished, I gained more knowledge on what way is the best for attaching things.

This new set was made with bra and lingerie notions set from Merckwaerdigh. The set has peach lycra fabric with textured swirl pattern, stretch lace in peach and grey, and grey elastics. I especially love the pretty shoulder straps!

Pin-Up Girls Classic Bra #1230 Merkcwaerdigh Mix25

The bra pattern is Pin-up Girls Classic Bra #1230, a classic full band bra that can be made with or without underwires. I made mine size 30C with underwires. The panties pattern is Merckwaerdigh Mix25, a new addition in my pattern collection. The panties has lace addition on each front leg.

Peach and grey set Peach and grey set

They would be my last sewing project this year. We’re going out of town for a short getaway next week. Can’t wait to see some snow! Wishing you all a happy holiday!

Bra pattern is Pin-up Girls Classic Bra #1230 from ElingerieA size 30C
Panties pattern is Merckwaerdigh Mix25 (bra, pantie, bodysuit) size S

Bra and lingerie notions set are from Merckwaerdigh at ebay.

Cotton knit lingerie set

Cotton knit lingerie set

Pattern

Pin-up Girls Classic Bra #1230 and Merckwaerdigh Mix30

Another new set of bra and panties that I made yesterday. Nothing really special, no frills nor lace as I wanted something simple this time. The fabric is cotton knit by Liberty of London. I need about half yard to make the whole set.

The bra pattern is Pin-up Girls Classic Bra #1230, size 30C. This is a classic full band bra that can be made with or without underwires. I made mine with underwires for better support.

I used to think that I don’t like underwired bra because I’ve never felt comfortable in underwired store-bought bras. It turned out that they are not comfortable because the fit was not right. I never found my size and always bought bra in size 32A or 32B. But since I started to make my own bra, I found out that underwired bras (in the right size) are comfortable!

The panties pattern is based on Merckwaerdigh Mix30 that I’ve used so often. The original pattern has lace inset, I removed it to make a very simple pattern with only two pieces.

I really love how simple they look!

Cotton knit lingerie set Cotton knit lingerie set

Cotton knit lingerie set

Bra pattern is Pin-up Girls Classic Bra #1230 from ElingerieA
Panties pattern is Merckwaerdigh Mix30 (bra, pantie, knickers)
Bra and lingerie notions set are from Merckwaerdigh at ebay.

Baby blue bodysuit

Baby blue bodysuit

Merckwaerdigh PBH30

Merckwaerdigh PBH30

I sewed something today! No, not a dress, but a lingerie bodysuit. I was always curious with this type of lingerie, but couldn’t bring myself to buy something so expensive that I wouldn’t wear often.

The pattern is Merckwaerdigh PBH30 that I won sometime ago at Merckwaerdigh ebay auction. The pattern is for push-up underwired bra, bustier, bodysuit, and thong bodysuit. The fabric and notions are also from Merckwaerdigh, but the tiny bow and the hook and eye set is from Yuzawaya. I should have used white hook and eye set, but that was I had in hand at the moment.

Although I usually wear 30B, but from my previous experience, I found out that my cup size for Merckwaerdigh is 30C. The body is in size S. I can’t say that making this bodysuit is an easy thing, but it was sure a great experience! The bodice is still a little bit too long for me, maybe because I’m not tall. The fit is still great, but it can be better. Next time I will reduce the length of the bodice.

The bodysuit is quite comfortable to wear, although obviously not meant for summer wear. But I can imagine wearing this in colder weather and enjoying the advantage of having my stomach covered.

Baby blue bodysuit Baby blue bodysuit

Baby blue bodysuit Baby blue bodysuit

Bodysuit pattern is Merckwaerdigh PBH30 (bra, bustier, bodysuit, thing bodysuit)
Fabrics and notions set is from Merckwaerdigh at ebay.

 

Black and white lingerie set

I always get nervous before going on a trip, and sewing is a way to calm myself. It is sort of like meditation to me because I have to put other thoughts aside and concentrate on this particular task. Of course I should be packing instead of sewing, but…. *sigh*

Black and white set

Black and white set

Anyway, this is what I came up with last night, a lingerie set of one bra and two panties in black and white. The pattern is Merckwaerdigh Mix30 for both the bra and panties. This is a multisize pattern with the description as follows: Pattern MIX30 from Dutch design Merckwaerdigh with a good supporting underwired bra, lovely hipster pantie & all lace knickers. This pattern does requires some experience in home made lingerie.

I have used the panties pattern for my previous sets but this time I wanted to try the bra pattern as well. Before making this set, I made a muslin with leftover jersey for the cup only to test the fit. It turned out that my size for Merckwaerdigh pattern is 30C instead of 30B that I usually wear.

The pattern instruction is not as good as the Pin-Up Girls pattern that I usually use, but since I’ve made several bras before, I didn’t find any particular difficulties with this one.

The fit is great and they are really comfortable! I love how the shape of  the side cup gives good support. When attaching the elastic on the underbust band, I cut my elastic 20% shorter than the whole band to make sure that they fit snugly around my body.

The white lycra and tiny bows with red flowers were bought in Okadaya, Shinjuku. The black stretch lace and bra notions kit are from Merckwaerdigh store at ebay.

Black and white set Black and white set

Black and white set

Black and white set Black and white set

Bra and panties pattern is Merckwaerdigh Mix30 (bra, pantie, knickers), bra size 30C, panties size S.

Pretty lingerie set

Pretty pink lingerie Pretty pink lingerie

Another lingerie set! Nothing really new with them, I use my usual Pin-up girls pattern for the bra in size 30B and Merckwaerdich pattern for the panties. All notions are from Merckwaerdigh at ebay, which is enough to make one bra and two panties.

The lingerie set is made with lycra and stretch lace in very soft rose colour. The pattern is for bra with or without underwires, I use underwires this time and they do make the shape better.

The stretch lace actually has butterfly pattern on it. I use the lace on both upper and lower cup, so the whole cup is transparent. The lower cup is lined and the upper cup has thin elastic across the top so it will ‘grab’ better. I use the scalloped part of the lace on the upper cup and also on the middle of the front band. Here’s a tutorial by Sigrid that I used for attaching the elastic on that part.

Pretty pink lingerie

Lace with butterfly pattern

Pretty pink lingerie

Inside construction

Pretty pink lingerie

Underwire channel

Pretty pink lingerie

Pretty pink lingerie set

This is the set that I’m really satisfied so far. After making several bras, I think I finally got the rhythm and was able to make this one without making too many mistakes. When making bras, you can only see the fit when you’re all done, so it takes several times to find what works best for you. There are hundreds of little things that you can adjust. My first bra is fine and they are now part of my daily wear, but then I feel that I should have cut the elastic for the band a little bit shorter so they will be tighter.

I really love this new set, they look so pretty and delicate. Sorry for no blurry photo to show the fit on me. Since the cups are transparent, it is impossible to take even a blurry picture without looking indecent (-_-;) You just have to believe me that they fit really well!

Bra pattern is Pin-up Girls Classic Bra #1230 from ElingerieA
Panties pattern is Merckwaerdigh Mix30 (bra, pantie, knickers)
Fabrics and notions set is from Merckwaerdigh at ebay.


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