Our favorite makes from #BRAugust #braugust2018 #bramaking

Our Favorite Makes from #BRAugust

With the second annual #BRAugust Instagram photo challenge hosted by Tailor Made Shop, August has become one of my favorite months. I am so blown away with all of your great Orange Lingerie makes that you posted as part of #BRAugust that I wanted to highlight some of my favorites. For each image we provide the Instagram user name, so you can get a closer look at the garment as well as each person’s other lingerie sewing. We also link to the sewing patterns that were used so you can make your own!

SWIMWEAR

Because the season is just about over in the Western Hemisphere, I have to start by showing these amazing swim top versions made from our bra sewing patterns.

Our favorite makes from #BRAugust #braugust2018 #bramaking

To get the swim top on the left, @workspacefads modified the Esplanade bra and on the right, @nelliejoans modified the Boylston bra. These bright colors really make me want to hold on to what is left of the summer weather and spend it poolside.

BRIGHT COLORS

As with these swimwear examples, one of the joys of making your own lingerie is the ability to use whatever colors you want. Let us now bask in the glow of the bright colors!

Our favorite makes from #BRAugust #braugust2018 #bramaking

Starting in the upper left hand corner is a super bright neon Boylston bra made by @lauren.leigh. It actually glows! The tropical Marlborough bra was made by @justsews. I love a good print and this one is great to keep summer close to you all year long.

Moving to the bottom row, I love the pink trim that @keri_sews used on the neon and black Marlborough bra! Such a great way to add a shot of color! The second bra on the bottom row, sewn by @madepael, is one of the earliest makes I have seen of our newest pattern, the Lansdowne bra! This all lace version is so pretty – and it is authentic French ‘dentelle de Calais’!

JEWEL TONES

Our favorite makes from #BRAugust #braugust2018 #bramaking

There were also some gorgeous rich jewel tones that I could not stop staring at and that had me thinking about fall color palettes.

On the upper left we is a gorgeously rich navy Berkeley bra from @imogenpruthi. The color is also incredible on the burgundy lace Marlborough bra that follows, sewn by @justsews. On the lower left, the print on the Marlborough bra by @2bees is stunning. I love that she made this bra using the remnants of another project. Finally, the trio of Marlborough bras sewn by @katiemakesadress! Her Instagram grid is filled with her beautiful lingerie makes.

LOVELY NEUTRALS

Our favorite makes from #BRAugust #braugust2018 #bramaking

We all need some neutrals in our bra drawer and these delicate beauties caught my eye!

From left to right starting at the upper left:

The upper left is one of my favorite Berkeley bras, this one sewn by @agentthimble. That lace! Then the beautiful light beige foam cup Boylston bra sewn by @sohinisarkar9.  I love the effect of using of tulle for the frame and bridge for a lovely effect! I totally want to try this.

In the next row, @cha_mallow made such a beautiful split cup Marlborough bra. That lace is such a great choice! I love that it was used throughout the garment. Next is another great lace example in this Berkeley bra sewn by @du_fil_a_retors.

In the final row, this mixed lace Marlborough bra sewn by @rehgeschwister is just beautiful! White never needs to be boring. Then we have another of the beautiful bras sewn by @gabriella_kaikaina_handmade. I love the Fenway bra with pink lace and white tulle. So pretty!

DELUXE

Our favorite makes from #BRAugust #braugust2018 #bramaking

Of course, there were also some amazing luxe sets! Both are great examples of what is possible when you make your own bras!

Appropriately named @all.the.lace made this beautiful Marlborough bra and Kingston thong set shown on the left using a raspberry lace over gold fabric. Just a reminder of the dramatic effect you can get when you layer fabric. On the right, @sophiesmakes made this stunning Marlborough bra and matching underwear for her mother!

These represent just a small sample of the many beautiful bras posted for #BRAugust! I hope you enjoyed August as much as I did!

Our favorite makes from #BRAugust #braugust2018 #bramaking
Get the Denim Look from the Orange Lingerie Blog

How to make a Denim Look Bra

Front View of the Lansdowne Bra by Orange LingerieWhen I launched the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern, I showed a sample bra that looks like it is made of denim and lace. I got SO many questions about this fabric! Everyone thought I used actual denim! I want to make sure that everyone gets a response from me about how I got this look. So, in this blog post, I am going to show you exactly how I did it.

Like so many successful sewing projects, this one started with a fortuitous fabric find. Several years ago I was shopping for fabric at Tokyu Hands store in Tokyo and I came across a fabric that was suitable for bra making that looked like denim. It met my primary bra making fabric criteria and it happened to have a little stretch. At the same time, I found a power mesh that had a denim print.

I realized that I could get a realistic denim look by layering the mesh on top of the fabric. You can see from the below image that it really takes the combination of the two fabrics to get the most realistic denim look.

How to Get a Denim Look for Your Bra by Orange Lingerie

As I was preparing to release the Lansdowne bra I thought that denim would go well with a black lace, especially for a plunging bra, and I knew I already had the perfect solution in my stash!

To remove the stretch from the fabric to use for the cups, bridge and side band, I fused the fabric with tricot interfacing just like I outlined in this blog post. The stretch of the fabric was just enough to work for the band so I was able to continue the denim look around to the back of the bra and I just love the effect!

Back View of the Lansdowne Bra by Orange Lingerie

I have always wanted to make a Boylston bra and an Esplanade bra using these fabrics along with gold contrast stitching. I still have yet to make time for either of those projects, but seeing how this Lansdowne bra turned out, they are both quickly rising in the project queue!

Cup View of the Lansdowne Bra by Orange Lingerie

Denim or no denim, I am loving our newest style! Have you made a Lansdowne bra yet?

Get the Denim Look from the Orange Lingerie Blog
You can make bras like these using the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

Inspiration for Sewing the Lansdowne Bra

You can make bras like these using the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

 

Thank you all so much for the enthusiastic response to our new Lansdowne bra sewing pattern! There are so many beautiful bras that you can make with this new style and I wanted to share some of my favorite looks that you can create using this pattern.

 

STYLE 1: FLORAL CUPS WITH MATCHING LACE
You can make bras like these using the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojectsMonni Plunge Push-Up by Etam (photo credit: unknown)

This look is so fresh and fun! Match your favorite boldly patterned fabric with a solid colored lace which echoes at least one of the colors of the fabric (in this case white, but there are many possibilities). Florals are a classic, but I can also see this with tropical and animal prints. You can also try matching the power net of the band with the lace color for a visually harmonious look.

 

STYLE 2: BRIGHT COLORED TONE-ON-TONE LACE
You can make bras like these using the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojectsCosmos Lace Plunge Push-Up by Etam (photo credit:  unknown)

I love a bright and sunny bra, and this style will work with your favorite color as well. Simply use a lace that is exactly or just slightly off the color of your base fabric. Overlapping the two will create depth to the color thanks to the texture of the lace, and even more so if your base fabric is just slightly darker. For a more daring look, you can even try a neon colored lace over a brightly colored fabric of the same tone.

 

STYLE 3: POWDERED COLOR LACE OVER PALE FABRIC

You can make bras like these using the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

Anais Plunge by Journelle (photo credit:  unknown)

This time the base fabric has a lighter color than the lace, which highlights the lace pattern itself. Here the delicate floral lace motif seems to be delicately climbing over the fabric. Any pastel color will work as a base, as long as it is very light, and this is a great opportunity to use a subtly multicolored lace on top.

 

STYLE 4: ART DECO BLACK & GOLD WITH SATIN UPPER CUP

You can make bras like these using the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

Pure Moon Push-Up by Etam (photo credit:  unknown)

Geometric patterns can also make for sexy bras! Think 1920s style, with refined dark prints highlighted with a touch of warm gold or copper. I like how making a simple upper cup in a solid dark satin makes the print of the lower cup stand out – you could even say that the print gives the illusion of being lace! The very clean lines make for a coherent and slick Art Deco inspired bra.

Of course we also have some beautiful looks we made using the bra making kits that we created with Tailor Made shop! Today is the last day to pre-order your favorites!

As always, I cannot wait to see what each of you will make with the new Lansdowne bra pattern! Do not forget to tag #orangelingerie on social media if you would like to share your version.

You can make bras like these using the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras like these using the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras like these using the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras like these using the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
Lansdowne Bra Sewing Pattern by Orange Lingerie

Introducing the Lansdowne Bra Sewing Pattern and Kits!

Lansdowne Bra Sewing Pattern by Orange Lingerie

Introducing the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern!

The Lansdowne is our cleavage enhancing, plunging underwire bra. The outer cup works like a super power bar, moving the breasts toward the center of the body.

To complete the cleavage enhancing effect, the inner cup is cut straight down from the strap point to the low bridge at the center front.

Lansdowne Bra Sewing Pattern by Orange Lingerie

There are a lot of different ways you can sew up this bra, including creating a push up effect by adding bust boosting foam “cookie” to the outer cup or simply using cut-and-sew foam for the cups. You can be sure that I will be posting tutorials with all the details on the blog!

As with our recent bra sewing patterns, the Lansdowne bra will only be available for A to DD cups in size 30 to 40 bands. See our chart of sister sizes if you are looking for additional sizes.


To make it even easier to make your own Lansdowne bra, we worked with Tailor Made Shop to put together some special bra making kits for this pattern. I am really excited to be offering these new silk charmeuse kits in peach and black.

Lansdowne Bra Sewing Pattern by Orange Lingerie


We also brought back two popular floral charmeuse prints to make kits for this pattern release. Pre-orders for all kits starts today and continues until August 22. Kits will ship between August 27 and August 29. As always, only have a limited number of kits in each colorway so get your favorites while you can!

 

 

I hope you enjoy the Lansdowne bra pattern as much as I do! Be sure to tag your makes with #LansdowneBra and #OrangeLingerie so I can find them all. I love seeing everyone’s unique version of our sewing patterns!

Lansdowne Bra Sewing Pattern by Orange Lingerie
Lansdowne Bra Sewing Pattern by Orange Lingerie
Lansdowne Bra Sewing Pattern by Orange Lingerie
Lansdowne Bra Sewing Pattern by Orange Lingerie
You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

Get the look! Pattern Modifications for the Esplanade Bra

You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

In the last post I shared some of my favorite lingerie inspired looks that you can create starting with the Esplanade bra sewing pattern. In this post I will show you how to alter the pattern so you can get the look!

These looks are largely the result of shortening or lengthening the Esplanade bra and in the case of the bra on the bottom left, altering the cup shape.

Before you get started, remember, all pattern changes are made from the seam or trim line (the dashed line) on the pattern pieces.

 

How to Shorten the Bra

To shorten the height of the bra, simply draw a new seam line parallel to the bottom trim line of the bridge, frame, and band pattern pieces. Make sure the distance to the original line is consistent throughout the pieces. Do not forget to add the new cut line as well!#bustierpattern #bustier #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojectsIf you want to be absolutely sure of the way the alteration will look on your body before cutting into your final fabric, you can make a toile, and mark the exact location you would like the bra to end on the body and then transfer those changes to the pattern.

Note: Decreasing the height of the bra decreases the support of the bra and the ability of the bra to stay put on the body, so I would only consider this an option for A to C cup sizes.

 

How to Lengthen the Bra

While decreasing the height of the bra is relatively straightforward, lengthening it requires that you test out the modified pattern on a toile first to make sure that the garment conforms to your body shape the entire span of its new length. Remember, you should only be able to get two fingers underneath the back of a well fitting bra. This is especially important for strapless bras that really rely on support from the band.

#bustierpattern #bustier #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

The easiest way to lengthen the band is to start by creating new rough pattern pieces by extending the existing seam lines of the original bridge to frame seam line and squaring out and extending the frame to band lines. Extend the center back following the existing seam line.

This alteration will intentionally make the band too wide, so that it is possible to remove fabric AT THE SIDE SEAM to get to the perfect fit. Remember, it is always easier to subtract fabric rather than trying to add fabric that isn’t there in the first place!

#bustierpattern #bustier #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

For now, copy the shape of the bottom of the original pieces. All your extensions should come roughly to the same bottom line, (easy to check by putting them side by side as in the diagram below), but you will redraw the final bottom edge later. Also be sure to mark the original side seam line on the garment to act as your guide for achieving a nice angle on the side seam.

#bustierpattern #bustier #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

Once you have cut your fabric from the modified pattern and basted your toile together, try it on, pinching and pinning the fabric at the original seam mark to get a close fit. Remember to pinch symmetrically on your left and right, in order to remove the same amount of fabric on each side.

When you are happy with the fit, transfer the new side seam to the pattern pieces and create a smooth line all around the base of the bra.

 

How to Change the Shape of the Bra Cups

When changing the upper cup shape be sure keep the height of the upper cup at the wire line. As a strapless bra, it is important for the Esplanade bra to use longer underwires. If you have read my Anatomy of a Bra article in Seamwork Magazine, you know that underwires are key to providing support.

Because the upper cup of the Esplanade bra is fairly narrow and nearly straight across, it is not possible to decrease its height. You can, however, increase the height of the upper cup or change its shape. Just mark your shape changes from the “fold over foam” line on the upper cup fabric pattern pieces and directly to the top of the foam pattern pieces.

I highly recommend making a toile to test the new shape to be sure it conforms to your body!

 

How to add Straps to the Bra

Another great and simple modification for the Esplanade bra is to add straps. For detachable straps, you can read my tutorial on how to add detachable bra straps to the Esplanade bra, Part 1 and Part 2.

If you want to make the straps permanent, simply bar tack the straps to the bra in the desired location once you have completed sewing the garment. If you prefer, with advance planning you can conceal the strap attachment under the band elastic as well as under the cup covering.

To conceal the strap attachment on the front of the bra, stitch the strap between the cup covering and foam cup attachment seam. Conceal the final strap attachment bar tack by sewing through the foam cup and the cup covering seam allowance, keeping the cup covering free. Once you flip the cup covering over the foam, the strap join is hidden.

To conceal the strap attachment on the back of the bra, follow the back strap instructions in Part 2 of the detachable straps tutorial post.

In terms of placement, as a rule of thumb start by placing the front straps at the external edge of the cup seam. This will read as a continuation of the underarm curve up along the shoulder, for a harmonious look.

If you feel the need to adjust strap placement, check out my blog post on How to move straps for a better fitting bra.

 

There are so many great options for transforming the Esplanade bra, which one do you want to try first?

 

You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bustierpattern #bustier #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

Inspiration for Sewing the Esplanade Bra

You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

The Orange Lingerie Esplanade bra sewing pattern is one of my favorites! I like to wear it not only as a strapless bra but also on its own as a top. There are so many ways you can use this pattern!

With summer season (a.k.a. Esplanade bra wearing season) in full swing, I thought I would share some of my favorite lingerie-inspired fashion styles which can easily be replicated starting with the Esplanade bra pattern. I selected a range of aesthetics to illustrate the versatility of this bustier base from day to night.

You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojectsSTYLE 1: SHORT BUSTIER / WITH OR WITHOUT STRAPS / BLEACHED OR TIE & DYE DENIM

You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

LEFT: singer songwriter & model Dua Lipa wearing an unknown designer (photo credit: Andrew Nelles)
RIGHT: Brielle Blue Tie Dye Denim Bustier by Pretty Little Thing (photo credit: unknown)

I love this choice of splotchy denim for a short bustier. It makes the look summery and fresh, easy to wear during the day, with a fun nod to the 80s and 90s (and what about these matching trousers?!).

I would recommend finding a thin, soft denim for maximum comfort, with maybe a tiny amount of stretch.

 

STYLE 2: LONG BUSTIER / NO STRAPS / ALL WHITE LOOK

You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

LEFT: model Victoria Kosenkova at the Olivier Theyskens fashion show (photo credit: Luca Tombolini)
RIGHT: Heart Shaped Bustier by Olivier Theyskens (photo credit: unknown)

This gorgeous long bustier is both sober and sexy, and pairs wonderfully with pants and blazers. The choice of white-on-white makes the corset effect very subtle. This particular piece is made of a silk blend fabric covered with tulle lace. The boning is accentuated by topstitched ribbon or casing of the same color as the base fabric.

 

STYLE 3: LONG BUSTIER / NO STRAPS / SEQUINS

You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

LEFT: model Merle Bergers wearing an unkown designer (photo credit: Leo Krumbacher)
RIGHT: Rose Gold Sequin Mock Corset Top by Charlotte Russe (photo credit: Torie Richter)

This fully sequined beauty will make you sparkle come nighttime. Glittery fabrics can look extremely elegant in solid muted colors such as beige, black, grey, rose gold, bronze, navy, etc. Some even have matte sequins.

If you are working with non-flat sequins fabric, remember to cut your pieces with the sequins all facing the same direction, one layer at a time. You may also want to remove the sequins that fall on the seam line to ease the way for your machine. While sequins can make topstitching difficult, this look is totally worth the effort!

 

STYLE 4: LONG BUSTIER / NO STRAPS / PLAY WITH TRANSPARENCIES

You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

LEFT: singer songwriter, record producer, director and dancer FKA Twigs (photo credit: Sarai Mari)
RIGHT: Cabaret Peach Bustier by What Katie Did (photo credit: unknown)

This super feminine piece is fully embracing the lingerie / corsetry aspect of bustiers, through the use of sheer fabrics in some areas, and the highlighting of structure by means of topstitching ribbon or casing over the seams, underwires and boning channels.

For the translucent areas you could use sheer nylon, power net, and maybe even organdy and organza. You could also experiment with colors more or less close to your skin tone, and add lace trims and/or ornaments. I really like the tone-on-tone thing this one has going on.

 

STYLE 5: LONG OR SHORT BUSTIER / WITH OR WITHOUT STRAPS / SHINY SATIN

You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects

LEFT: singer songwriter, record producer, director and dancer FKA Twigs wearing an unknown designer (photo credit: unknown)
RIGHT: Blush Satin Bustier Set by Shop Luxe Life Boutique (photo credit: unknown)

This is the ultimate silky lingerie look. I don’t even mind the creases, as they emphasize the shine of the satin. This makes for an extremely soft and comfortable bra, on top of the incredible light play!

For this effect I recommend using silk or polyester satin weaves such as charmeuse.

Coming up in the next post I will show you how to alter the Esplanade bra sewing pattern to get these looks! In the meantime, if you want more Esplanade bra inspiration, I have more beautiful examples from ready-to-wear in this post plus I collected some great examples of what other people have made using this pattern. You can also check out my new and expanded Pinterest board!

You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
You can make bras and bustiers like these using the Esplanade bra sewing pattern from Orange Lingerie! #bramakingpattern #sewinginspiration #sewingpatterns #sewingprojects
New peach floral Marlborough bra making kit

New Marlborough Bra Making Kits!

New peach floral Marlborough bra making kitOnce again Orange Lingerie has teamed up with Tailor Made Shop to create bra making kits, this time for our classic Marlborough bra sewing pattern! We had a lot of fun putting together beautiful fabric and lace combinations for you to use to make your next Marlborough bra your favorite ever!

In all, there are five new kits. My favorite, the light peach floral kit is pictured at the top of the page. You know I love charmeuse bras. I even lined the bra with the same fabric for a little extra luxe!

I also love this black floral charmeuse. The pop of color from the butterflies really makes this work for me. I think this fabric would also pair well with an ivory lace.

New black floral Marlborough bra making kitNext are three kits that pair duoplex and lace. I use this fabric combination in my bra making workshops since they are so easy work with and create long lasting and supportive everyday bras. If you are just getting started with bra making, these kits are great choice!

New light pink and floral Marlborough bra making kit
New hot pink and black Marlborough bra making kit

New black and white Marlborough bra making kitAs always, there are only limited quantities of each kit so grab your favorites while you can!

PRE-ORDER YOUR KITS NOW! 

 

The Year in YOUR Orange Lingerie Makes: Berkeley Bra

The final bra pattern we released in 2017 was the Berkeley bra. This pattern has only been available for a little while so I am absolutely thrilled to see so many lovely Berkeley bras already making an appearance! Keep them coming!

I love seeing all of the different laces sewn up into this style! As always, below I link to the Instagram feed and/or blog of each maker so you can see more and read about their project.

Berkeley Bras Made by YOU on the Orange Lingerie Blog

Clockwise starting from the upper left-hand corner:

@liz_sews did such a great job with this lace! Check out that lace mirroring!

In the middle, @glintgoods made her version using cut-and-sew foam. What a fun idea for this bra! She has already made several Berkeley bras, and they are all so pretty!

In the upper right-hand corner is @sewingmonster’s festive red lace version.

In the center row, the first bra was made by @sewingisrequired. That peach/pink lace is just perfect! She has some great in process pictures on her blog.

The center pink bra was made by @jojos_handmade_lingerie. She has another lovely Berkeley bra in her feed as well.

The Berkeley bra to the right of center was sewn by @tailormadeshop. If you like this one, there are still kits available to make this exact bra. I just love the black and white!

On the final row, starting on the left, is a Berkeley bra made by @bridget.abbas. It looks like she is now totally hooked on lingerie making! You can read her review of the pattern on her blog.

In the lower right-hand corner is a Berkeley bra in a gorgeous oxblood lace sewn by @gabriella_kaikaina_handmade. So much love for that color!

Feeling inspired?! Make your own version of the Berkeley bra!

Fenway Bras Made by YOU on the Orange Lingerie Blog

The Year in YOUR Orange Lingerie Makes: Fenway Bra

Continuing with our look back at YOUR 2017 makes, we continue with the Fenway bra which was released in April.

Throughout the year there have been so many great examples of the Fenway bra! Most makers opt to go with the sheer upper cup which I just love! As always, I link to the Instagram feed and/or blog of each maker so you can see more and read about their project.

Fenway Bras Made by YOU on the Orange Lingerie BlogStarting in the upper left-hand corner and moving from left to right:

@tanyo471 brings her fine sewing approach to bra making using this lovely emerald green with black overlay. Her blog is loaded with great sewing projects and lots of great detail on each make.

@lachesisandco has several great bra makes in her feed. I am of course partial to this black Fenway bra!

@a.malmin has made more than one Fenway bra and this red and black version is so well done!

 

In the center row, left and right-hand side are bras by @hennamakesthings. She has multiple bra making projects in her feed. Her fun Star Trek inspired layout for that blue Fenway made me laugh!

The bra in the center was made by @jdizzle238. The plaid is just perfect for fall and winter!

 

On the bottom row, starting in the left-hand corner, are two Fenway bras made by @fairfit. A red lace and a gold lace Fenway bra, just perfect for the holiday season!

In the middle of the bottom row is one of the great bras sewn by @christinehaynes. She has a great post about her adventures in bra making on her blog.

Last but not least, in the lower right hand corner is a Fenway sewn by @sewingisrequired. She has made so many beautiful bras and you can find them all in her Instagram feed.

If you are feeling inspired you can get the sewing pattern to make your own version of the Fenway bra!

 

 

Esplanade Dresses Orange Lingerie Blog

The Year in YOUR Orange Lingerie Makes: Esplanade Bra

This is the time of the year where I look back at the prior year and plan for the year ahead. One of my favorite parts of this process is looking back at all the great versions of our patterns that YOU made!

Over the last few weeks of the year, I am going to highlight your makes of 2017. For each garment I include a link to the Instagram account and/or blog of the maker so you can read more about their project and see more of their work.

Our first pattern release of the year back in January was the Esplanade bra. You all made some lovely long line strapless bras and DRESSES! Seeing dresses built around this pattern has been such an unexpected treat! What a great use of this pattern!

Esplanade Bra Dresses made by YOU on the Orange Lingerie Blog

From left to right:
@Sewrendipity made this amazing green dress and has an extensive blog post covering all the details so you can make this look too!

@jasikaistrycurious made this amazing outfit that I want to wear to all the holiday parties this year. You can read more about this look on her blog.

@caroline.jg made gorgeous prom dress for her daughter! That lace! She has the highlights of making this dress in her Instagram feed.

@achallengingsew went couture all the way with this lace pairing. Perfectly styled too! Her blog post about the project is here.

P.S. If you want to add straps to your Esplanade bra the tutorial starts here.

I loved seeing so many great print Esplanade bras too!

Espalande Bras Made by YOU on the Orange Lingerie Blog

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@katiemakesadress had fun with this print! You should see the insides, and the back is all orange 🙂 She has a whole section on her lingerie makes on her blog.

@arajane also used a fun print! I love the black and white.

@500_days_of_sewing not only made the Esplanade bra but she also made a custom closure using our Leverett sewing pattern! She has write ups on several of her lingerie makes on her blog.

Feeling inspired?! You can always get the sewing pattern to make your own version of the Esplanade bra!