August 29, 2018

One of my goals for this year was to dive into sewing lingerie. It’s something I have wanted to master for awhile, but have been seriously intimidated by. I am a pretty confident sewist, but bras are one of those things that has felt like a new craft. It didn’t feel intuitive to me so the learning curve was steeper than I was use to. To get over my fears, I decided to take a class from Amy of Cloth Habit at Fancy Tiger Crafts.

It was such an amazing intensive where I was able to get over my mental hurdle and realize that bra making really isn’t that hard. In fact, start to finish, it’s just a few hours so you improve and get confident really quickly. The hardest part is fitting the bra since you really can’t check fit until you’ve sewn a whole bra. Luckily Amy gave us each a fitting during the class. The problem was that my body went through some changes right after the class and so my bra size changed. When Braugust (Bra August) was announced, I decided to use the month to really tackle the Harriet bra again.

During the month of August I made up three different versions of the Harriet bra. I made small tweaks to each one for fit, but all three are wearable. I can’t get over how pretty and delicate they look.

The light blue and black bras were my first two. The lace and findings for these bras both came from Tailormade. I love her kits. It makes it so much easier knowing that you have all of the small parts to make a bra.

The rust colored bra is probably my favorite and was the last bra I made. I had a bunch of white lace and elastics in my stash left over from other projects that I threw into a dye bath. All of the parts came out in different shades from light pink to dark orange. I am pretty obsessed with how ombre affect that this gives when you combine them all into one bra.

Now that I have a great fitting Harriet bra I want to take some of the scraps and try to make some matching undies. I am also interested in trying out a foam version of the Harriet. I see lots more lingerie sewing in my future as it seems to be the perfect palette cleansers between working on my own patterns and larger projects.

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  • Reply Lindseymadeit August 29, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    These are beautiful!

  • Reply Ryan August 29, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    All three of these are beautiful and tipping me back to thinking I want to try the Harriet for my first bra sewing pattern. How did you find the sizing compared to RTW? I’m afraid to use one of the tailor made kits for my first attempt because what if it doesn’t fit! But I also don’t want to buy a bunch of bra fabrics that I don’t love. I’ve been saving the underwires and rings from my old stretched out RTW bras in the hope that I can reuse some of them in sewing my own.

    • Reply True Bias September 5, 2018 at 1:53 PM

      I think the sizing is pretty close to rtw. my band is a bit smaller and my cup a bit bigger in the harriet – probably because it actually fits correctly.

  • Reply Whitney August 30, 2018 at 5:22 AM

    These are so gorgeous!! What kind of dye did you use for your ombré Harriet? I’m toying with the idea of doing some dying on my lingerie findings as well.

    • Reply True Bias September 5, 2018 at 1:54 PM

      I just used some RIT dye that I was using to dye some denim. I love how the different fabrics reacted so differently.

  • Reply nalani September 1, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    You’re giving me some confidence to even think about trying…Thanks for sharing your beautiful bras!

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