Thank you all for your lovely response to our newest bra pattern, Lexington! I am so excited to be able to offer you this bold and unique style, and I can’t wait to see all your versions of it!
While very few bras on the market currently offer the same combination of supportive cups without a wire and a strong graphic look, I’ve put together a few images that offer jumping off points to spark your inspiration – and I am loving this all black & powdered pink line-up as we move toward Halloween!
1 – TRANSPARENCIES
While this Playtex Perfect Silhouette Bra has a different construction to our Lexington bra, it is visually comparable with the horizontal cup seam and strong upper cup trim statement. I love the idea of using a lightweight tulle or mesh for the upper cup. I think this works best with fabrics that are tonally similar but I could be convinced otherwise with the right mix of colors!
2 – COLOR BLOCKING
The beautiful Rasa bra, under Aritzia’s Community brand, is a great example of how you can play with color contrasts by using elastic of different shades. I love the width of the straps here – they give a contemporary feel to the bra, which, along with the simplicity of the lines & textures, make it very wearable on its own. You can check their different colors online by doing a quick search, so many ways to have fun making this bra!
3 – TEXTURES
I can’t wait to make a sweet version of the Lexington bra with lace cups, like this Playtex Non-Wired Bra. I love the swiss dot mesh bridge too! There are so many beautiful laces out there, I’m excited to play with the scale of the lace repeats. For larger sized cups, you’ll want to make sure your lace is wide enough.
4 – CUT-OUTS
This Dita Von Teese Madame X Bra has so many possibilities! I love the peek-a-boo bridge area and will definitely make one like this by cutting away the bridge fabric after the elastic is sewn on. You could also use a skin tone tulle in the bridge to get the same effect without disrupting the stability of the bra. I’m also itching to try the echo stitching on the cups. It’s purely decorative but I think it adds so much sophistication to this bra!
Have fun sewing this bra and don’t forget to hashtag with #LexingtonBra and #OrangeLingerie so I can find all your lovely makes!
Thank you for your enthusiastic response to our new Devonshire bra sewing pattern! I am thrilled with the reception and can’t wait to see all the Devonshire bras that you all make!
Today I wanted to share some of my favorite looks that you can create using the Devonshire pattern. There are so many beautiful options!
STYLE 1: THE SWEETHEART
Can you believe how cute this is!? The fabric is a printed and reembroidered English lace with a scallop edge, paired with a matching double dose of croquet braid along the straps. English lace is a fabric with eyelet cutouts, which makes it stronger than regular lace yet still extremely charming. And yes! you can have fun with the criss-crossing of the ribbons for your center bows, here giving the bra a romantic / summer-in-the-countryside look.
STYLE 2: THE SEXY SPORTY
To me, the ultimate balcony bra is lace through and through. I love the the tone-on-tone; red lace, red straps, red elastic, red bow. Bright solid colors (up to neons!) add a splash of fun, giving the lace a contemporary and versatile look and a colorful reveal of the straps and edges of the bra under strategically layered tops.
STYLE 3: THE EXECUTIVE
For the lovers of streamlined looks, there is always the option to go slick and smooth by using solid tulles (they open up possibilities to play with transparencies) – and ribbon. I am also liking the solid, contrasting frame and band, which really highlights the cups.
STYLE 4: THE BAROQUE
A criss-crossed satin ribbon in the center and a gorgeous, transparent lace conjures up visions of 18th century French fashions. I especially like the layering of differently colored laces, and also how the fabric is climbing along the straps at an angle, creating a beautiful neckline reminiscent of a baroque dress.
STYLE 5: THE MERMAID
You can go retro by making wider straps, choosing poppy colors and bold prints or embroideries! Love how the cups here almost look like seashells – thanks to the stark scallop edge and stitching pattern. And let’s not forget the fun addition of the three contrasting bows.
STYLE 6: THE FOLKLORIC
Yes! The sky is the limit when it comes to fabrics and lace choices! Here the frame and straps are made of colorful brocade, a pattern reminiscent of the ones found in traditional Eastern European costumes. The lace matches the main background color, the bow picks up on the embroidery, and we have yet again a really interesting take on the straps, adorned with lace only on one side, which creates a beautifully soft neckline.
I can’t wait to see your Devonshire bra! Hashtag with #devonshirebra and #orangelingerie so I can find all of your beautiful versions!
Thank you all so much for the enthusiastic response to our new Mystic bra sewing pattern! I hope you love making your own T-shirt bras as much as I do! To help spark your creativity, in this post I share some of my favorite styles that you can make with our new pattern.
In this bold print bra by Victoria’s Secret, the same stretch fabric is used throughout the entire bra. I always seem to find such great jersey prints but I was never able to use them for bra making — until now! The ability to use stretchy fabric for the entire bra is definitely one of the key advantages of the Mystic bra.
For this plaid bra by Adore Me, the fabric does not have enough stretch to seamlessly cover the cups and therefore you see a dart. Yes, you can make a Mystic bra by essentially draping the fabric over the cup and adding a dart to the cup cover. Yes, a tutorial is coming up!
I love the color of this lace bra by Princesse Tam Tam. Here again we see a cup material that does not have enough stretch to seamlessly cover the cups. With lace, the cup covering process is a bit different in order to keep that lovely lace scallop edge for the top of the cup. We will certainly be sharing a tutorial so you can replicate this look too!
While this acid red bra from Victoria’s Secret may look a bit plain in comparison to the other styles in this post, this is a reminder that when you make your own T-shirt bra, you can use any color you want 🙂 I totally want to make an orange one!
Ready to start creating your own unique t-shirt bras?!
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
Monni 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
Cosmos 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
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
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.