Hello my dear readers. In our last Sewing #610 post I mentioned that I was waiting for some silk to arrive in the mail so I could finish my bra lining. I'm still waiting. So I got fed up, threw a small hissy fit, and then had an idea. I drove on down to my favorite little thrift shop in Monterey and bought a silk blouse for $1.
It's black like I wanted and 3 times the silk I need to sew a bra. Jackpot! I may or may not have purchased half a dozen silk blouses to add to my bra-making stash.
Now, since it's not the right configuration of fabric for me to cut my bra on a fold, instead, I'll have to cut the bra on a seam, like below.
Just imagine, instead of a trip to a fabric store (the nearest for me is an hour away!) you can pop on down to a thrift shop and get some fabric from a clothing rack. What an environmentally friendly way to make your lingerie!
(I apologize for the quality of these pictures - black silk is really hard to photograph!).
|Recycling a silk blouse for bra-making.|
Also, make sure that your blouse hasn't been cut on the bias!
I also decided to make a small embellishment to the front of the black bra piece once it was cut out.
|If you do this, be sure to take into account your seam allowance at the top edge and avoid marking too close to it.|
I marked some evenly spaced dots down the center front and then, before joining my bra and lining together, I embroidered three French knots in the same color of blue as my outer piece.
|My blue French knots look almost like tiny buttons from a distance.|
Now my bra outer and lining are nearly ready to be joined together.
Up next? Bra straps and back closures!