Hello lovely readers. In our last post we talked about my getting back to sewing as a bit of therapy. I have been working with my hands for the last 4 days now and it has helped enormously! I finished a UFO project from before my mother passed away and also got started on a beautiful embroidery project. I'm feeling just a little bit more myself today.
The bra pattern that was sitting unfinished was about half done and was waiting for a fitting so that I could put my closure at the back. The bra is made using my any size draft-at-home pattern, Depew #610 and I'm so happy with how it came out. (Keep in mind that it fits me perfectly, though it's a bit off on Lusty Lulu - she's a bit more symmetrical than I am).
I used silk crepe de chine for the main fabric, and I re-purposed a soft silk vintage scarf (cutting around a few pinholes) for the lining.
For the back closure, I used my absolute favorite, go-to French bra closure, and silk ribbon for the straps. The soft elastic is great because it adds a bit of stretch and comfort to a bra made with woven fabrics.
I wore it for 8 hours yesterday and had to keep checking that I was, in fact, still wearing a bra - it was so comfortable!
|My rosette stitches, that came out heart-shaped. Oh, happy accident!|
I really enjoyed making silk ribbon rosettes to embellish the bra with. I had never made them before this project and used this great video on Youtube to learn how.
|My practice spider web silk roses.|
I practiced a few times to make sure that my crepe de chine would survive the process, and then made my rosettes on a scrap and stitched them to the finished bra. If they hadn't been more of an afterthought, I would have made them directly on my bra front before sewing the lining in. As it was, tacking them on after was a good idea - no one wants ribbon tails tickling their cleavage all day long!
I took photos of the entire bra-making process so if anyone is interested in tutorials, just let me know and I will put some together.
How about you? Did any of you do any weekend sewing?
Have a happy week,