I have a fear of sewing lace. Sewing lace that’s lined – no problem. I could do it with my eyes closed. Okay, not really. Sewing lace that’s unlined, however, that’s a horse of a different color. Have you seen the movie, A League of Their Own? There’s a great scene, one of my favorites, where Mae, played by Madonna, says, “What if at a key moment in the game, my uniform bursts open, and, oops, my bosom comes flying out…”
It’s an unrealistic scenario that most likely won’t happen, but I get what she’s saying. I’d say that 95% of the bras I make are lined (tricot, stretch mesh or powernet) and this is because I have that same unrealistic fear. My thoughts, slightly exaggerated for effect:
- The sewing machine might suck the lace into the feed dogs and ruin my next favorite bra.
- Since boobs are a whopping A cup, which is pretty close to ginormous, they’ll rip through the delicate lace, maybe even my shirt, exposing onlookers to my (voluminous) tatas 😳
- How will the needle sew through all those holes? That’s like punching air and that’s not very effective, now is it?
The direction I want to head with my lingerie is delicate, meaning I’ll have to grow some boobs… errr balls? and sew unlined lingerie. Oi vey!
So this is my newest bra, Lana. I’ll spare you the construction and the pattern details since I’ve posted so many me-made halter bras. I even realized a free halter bra pattern earlier this week. Just know that it was the fourth one. There definitely was a learning curve, but I’m happy to report that I started to get the hang of sewing unlined lace with this one. Booyah!
So I’ll leave you with this – have you ever had a sewing fear? I have a feeling some of you will comment with knits or fly zippers. Ugh to fly zippers.
Also, what are your tips for sewing unlined lace? Do you used a particular kind of needle, thread and/or tension?
bottom band galloon lace and trims from Tailor Made Shop