Category: What I’ve Made

What I Made: Lylia

I’m kicking off 2016 with the sexiest set I have ever made. Ow ow! Maybe it’s because the temperature is averaging 20 degrees right now and I need some excitement to help a bad case of the January blues. Or maybe it’s because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I’m in a romantic mood. Whether single, in a relationship, or in one of those “it’s complicated” situations, some gals hate the holiday. Think it was made up by Hallmark. Not me. I love seeing pink, red, chocolate and jelly beans everywhere. Give me more! Whatever you’re current status might be, celebrate February 14. Get your hair done, get your nails did. Me? I made myself some lingerie. Garter belt included. Because why not? YOLO!

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What I Made: Veda

I’m still on a bodysuit kick and I don’t know why. It could be the weather. I want something to wear under my sweaters and dresses that is warm(er). I’m one of those people who is cold all the time. Or maybe it’s because bodysuits are elusive to a lot of people, and I want to show that they aren’t. Miley Cyrus’ bear themed bodysuit and Iggy Azalea’s futuristic one-piece are not everyday pieces (hopefully), but there are plenty of wearable options.

The purpose of this bodysuit was for it to be both innerwear and outerwear. I don’t think I achieved that completely. In theory, I could wear this out at night – definitely not to work – but I wouldn’t because I’d be too damn afraid that there would be some visible boobage at some point. Thanks but no thanks – I’m not about that kind of cleavage.

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Exciting News Coming Next Week

I hinted at some projects I have been working on behind the scenes in September, and I’m excited to tell you that they are finally coming to fruition. Like next week! There are still more in the works, which I won’t be able to reveal until next year, but the first two I can tell you about in a couple of days. Eek! So excited! I won’t squeal too much, but one is a partnership with a heritaged retailer who just came out with a sewing machine that will knock your socks off with its capabilities, and the other will allow non-sewists to wear my lingerie designs. Okay, that’s enough! My lips are now sealed until Monday! So as I put the finishing touches on both this weekend, get excited and don’t forget to tune back in to this blog next week to find out.

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What I Made: Holly

By now, you probably think that I don’t wear clothing, that I prance around in my skivvies all day long. Grocery shop wearing Allegra, attend work meeting wearing Sierra. Well, I’m here today to break that assumption, if that was your assumption. I do wear clothes! Multi-colored trumpet skirts! Sequins.every.damn.day…

Although this skirt is an occasion piece, I think it is not super trendy and that I’ll be able to wear it for many holidays/seasons to come. Sequins and sparkles are timeless – just my two cents. Also, because of the color, I can wear it year round. Maybe a spring wedding?

And a trumpet skirt ain’t a trumpet skirt unless you can bust a move in it. I’ll be cuttin’ some rug y’all this New Year’s Eve.

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What I’ve Learned From Sewing Lingerie

It’s a fun exercise to look back and reflect on where you once were and where you are now. Embarrassing too. I am one to constantly feel like I’m moving at a snail’s pace, which causes my inner mover and shaker to kick my tush into high gear and learn more, get stronger, be more efficient. I started sewing lingerie three years ago – I think, who’s counting? – and boy, has it been one hell of a learning curve. I made my first pair of underwear on a whim after I saw Amy made a Pepto Bismol pink bra and thought, sheesh, that’s pretty damn cool. My first piece wasn’t a bra, it was a pair of high waisted undies. Hideous – that’s what they were. But we’re all bad when we first start something. Unlucky for me, I shared my bad-ness on this blog. At the time, I didn’t think those panties were that awful, I actually thought they were good, and if I had a flux capacitor, I wouldn’t tell my former self that either. I’ve learned a lot since, and my style has definitely changed. I think it’s ironic that my eye is first drawn towards the frilly, La Perla type. But what I make and wear isn’t like that. Not at all. It is paired down, refined and modern. Not trying to toot my own horn, it’s just a matter a fact statement. I put together the gallery below. I started out with a lot of color and pattern, blue taking the lead. Then I made Nicole using a metallic lycra. The shape, the color and everything about it, I loved. This was around the same time I discovered Negative Underwear, a lingerie company with the same modern, simple, refined vibe. I continued this trend and for the…

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What I Made: Theodora

Who could forget Bo Derek’s famous beach scene in the movie 10? Pre Baywatch and Pam Anderson, her slo-mo beach jog instantly made her a sex symbol. I want to braid my hair into cornrows after watching her. Okay, maybe not. Drop dead gorgeous both then and now, she achieved her status wearing a one-piece. A flesh toned one piece. Sure, she’s got some cleavage going on, but she’s not overly provocative. A little come-hither… yes. Slightly suggestive… absolutely. Very hot… you got that right.

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What I Made: Allegra

This is not the first bodysuit I’ve sewn. It was a year and a half ago that I made Heather Lou’s The Nettie. Like Allegra, it was backless and was made with white and cream lace. With long sleeves, it could be worn as innerwear, but I saw most other sewists make outerwear versions. I wore mine with boyfriend jeans. My girl Lola rocked an ombre Nettie and my bra making muse, Amy, channeled her inner Marilyn with a simple black Nettie. Even after Nettie and Allegra, I’m still on the fence about bodysuits, which I will get to below. First, the deets. Fabric + Trims Front and back (body): cream, textured lycra from Fleishman Fabrics underlined with power net from Bra Makers Supply. I used temporary spray adhesive to spray baste fabrics together prior to cutting. I treated the layers as one going forward. Cups: 6.75″ metallic stretch galloon lace from Tailor Made Shop underlined with power net (same as for body) from Bra Makers Supply Crotch Lining: white cotton jersey from Fleishman Fabrics 3/8” white plush/picot elastic for underarm and center back edges from Bra Making Supplies by Arte Crafts 1/8” white elastic for front neck edges (clean finished with underlining – see photos) from Bra Makers Supply 1/4” cream stretch grosgrain strap elastic from Pacific Trimming 3/8” gold rings and sliders from Bra Makers Supply (ran out of 1/4”) I’ve been getting a heck of a lot better at dyeing. It’s easy to achieve a dark color – you just add a ton of dye. You can’t really add too much because your fabric and trims will only take a certain amount, and at that point, it’s exactly what you want – opaque. Achieving a lighter color, however, is difficult. Getting the hang of dyeing light colors is like getting the hang of sewing elastic. At first, you want to stretch the heck of out elastic. It’s takes many tries to…

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