By now, it’s no secret that I’m obsessed with making lingerie. I’m still struggling with the fit on my marlborough bra (3 muslins later) and have tried out a LOT of different patterns recently. Seriously, it’s like a mini underwear sweatshop up in here.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
- Woven undies are not for me. I’ve made 4 different patterns and at best I feel ehhhh about them. At worst, my butt just won’t fit.
- Comfort is king. I’m not going to wear something again and again if it doesn’t just melt away with layers.
- Different clothes = different underwear. Soft bras are king when lounging around the house, but they’re not leaving the house with me if I’m doing more than walking the dog.
- I wear foam bras all the time. I know that there is a way to make a soft bra that is supportive for larger cup sizes, but I haven’t found one I’ve liked yet. I prefer the feel and look of foam-lined bras and have a drawer full of very expensive ones that I reach for again and again.
- Examine what you already own and buy lots of, if you don’t have something in your drawer, maybe there’s a reason. Lingerie is heavily influenced by style, just like the rest of your wardrobe.
- Lace wins. Every time. Picot-edge elastic is a close second, but you can’t beat the comfort of a stretch lace finish on undies. Plus, if you do it right, there aren’t lines under most clothes.
- Organization, organization, organization. All those little pieces are not easy to keep track of!
Patterns: Pretty as a Picnic and Skirted Thong from The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie
Size: 10 // 12