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?!
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There are three new kits in total. So far my favorite has to be the lace in the Marlborough and Berkeley bra kits. The subtle pink outline with the rich navy and black lace looks great – with both navy silk and black findings in the Marlborough kit (pictured above), and with pink findings in the Berkeley kit (pictured below).
Of course there is also this gorgeous burgundy silk which is just so perfect for Fall!
The pre-sale for the new kits starts today and goes through October 5th. Tailor Made Shop will be shipping orders between October 8 – 12. As always, there are only limited quantities of each kit so grab your favorites while you can!
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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!
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.
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!
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’!
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.
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 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!
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!
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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!If 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
There are so many great options for transforming the Esplanade bra, which one do you want to try first?
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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.
STYLE 1: SHORT BUSTIER / WITH OR WITHOUT STRAPS / BLEACHED OR TIE & DYE DENIM
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
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.
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
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
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.
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