1930s | Embroidery | Lingerie | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

A Completely Reversible 1930’s Silk Brassiere

By on August 25, 2014

Sewing #610
Recently I’ve been on a complete lingerie sewing bender! I made a silk crepe de chine bra and was so delighted with the comfort and luxury of it that I decided to host a sew-along and make a few more.

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I started with the fabric from an old pair of silk charmeuse pajama pants that hadn’t survived my restless sleeping for long, and then found a lovely black silk blouse at a thrift shop for the lining (can you tell my fabric order was woefully late in arriving?).

For the pattern, I used my 1930’s French Brassiere reproduction pattern and I couldn’t be happier with how well this bra fits!

I’m a huge fan of using historically accurate sewing and embellishment techniques so I included a few tutorials on adding spiderweb silk roses and French knots, covered truing darts, adding straps and closure options, and voila! A completely reversible silk bra!

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Depending on the top I’m wearing, I can wear the bra in blue or black to suit my fashion needs and if I wear a really low-cut top (not that I have so many of those) the rosettes and French knots are a lovely little accent to peak out of my neckline.

If you would like to join in (it’s never to late and I’m always happy to answer questions!) or if you would just like to learn a few bra sewing techniques, you can find every step of the sew-along here, on my blog A Few Threads Loose.

Happy Sewing!

Anna Signature

 

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Lingerie

Pin-Up Girls: Vintage Inspired Bra

By on May 5, 2014

Hi All!

You may remember back in March when I showed you all my retro-inspired swimsuit I made at my course with Beverly Johnson.- Well I’m back with more! I’m currently taking her Boobcamp– and this time I brought my mom along! And just like the swim course I’m doing daily blogs to document all the fun I get up to!

But I thought I would share with you the bra that I made today in class- I felt it had a really retro vibe!

I’ve been so inspired by vintage lingerie, I made sure to make a pin board and get some good inspiration for the class- I have a feeling all my lingerie will have a very vintage feel to it!

The course is nothing short of what I expected- amazing- and it is even that much better because I got to bring my mom with me this time! Our progress through the day!

For this first bra I used her Pin-Up Girls ‘Classic Bra’ pattern, and I decided that I would do all this lace applique, because really who can resist this lace! – I did some on the band, and the ‘butterfly’ on the front of the cups (which is when you put lace on the center fronts of the cups and it looks like butterfly wings)

I chose this gorgeous blue fabric to go with the lace, and Beverly has little kits with all the matching findings to go with it- so happy that I don’t have to put  white/black/beige elastics and findings on everything!

I am so closed to being finished this bra! I will finish it tomorrow and put pictures of myself in it on my blog- it will also probably be my me-made item for MMMay14 too! (if I finish it by 11am and wear it- it counts!)

I’m so excited for the rest of the week- my week of sewing vintage style lingerie with mom! Alas if life could always be this sweet!

If you want to check out more pictures/ more info about this bra and my course then you can check out my blog!

xo erin

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Lingerie | Pattern Drafting

Pink Bullet Bra

By on December 13, 2013

I’ve recently picked up some bra making skills (as documented on my blog) and am so excited that I can now experiment with different vintage bra shapes.

I also discovered a great site for retro lovers, called Foundations Revealed, which has various articles on how to draft and make retro bra styles (although the majority of the site is dedicated to corsetry). Most articles are only available for paying members, so I decided to become a paying memeber for a while and devoured all the articles on retro bra drafting and construction. I ended up drafting and sewing my own bullet bra. Yeah!

I practised both fitting and construction on a trial bra and then made this much more successful second one. Still not a perfect fit but very much improved. This was so much fun that I’m planning to make many more vintage-inspired bras in the new year.

Happy sewing!

And for more on this bullet bra, you can read my blog post here.

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1940s | 1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

Bullet Bra Sew Along

By on November 1, 2013

I recently completed the Va-Voom Vintage bullet bra sew-along! This was my first sew along and I loved it.  A bra was a great thing to start off with and Brittany’s pattern and instructions were great. I was really inspired by her collection of vintage bullet bras as well.

My first sew-along.

I added some faggoting stitch, a keyhole opening in the bridge, and some modern lingerie elastics and closure. Be aware, this girl is pointy!

 

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1930s | 1940s | Lingerie

40s style French Knickers and a Top

By on June 26, 2013

As part of the Show Off Your Skivvies Challenge, I made a pair of French knickers and a matching pajama top. I got both patterns from Vera Venus, but I mixed genres somewhat. The knickers are based on 1940s patterns and the top is from the 1930s.

I love the patterns but I cut them a bit too small and had to improvise with the lace to make inserts and also make it a bit stretchier. The top is still a bit too tight, but the knickers are perfect!

Also, I had no idea that knickers were once considered a form of undies – I thought they were mostly lounge clothes!

If you’re interested, you can read more on my blog.

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