It’s been a while since I wrote one of these posts so let me put that right today and see if I can set your imagination going with some inspiration. I know it’s been a difficult time for many of us to feel motivated during these Covid times, so if I can give you just a glimmer of something to interest you then that makes me happy too. So without further ado let’s get cracking with 5 things inspiring me now…
Oh and just in case you want to see the other posts in this series so far here they are:
In all the years that I’ve sewn for myself I’ve never once made any type of lingerie. I’ve always steadfastly said “there’s no way I’m ever making a bra!”
…Until…Two weeks ago I realised that my shoddy dog-eared bra collection needed renewing. I ordered a load of new ones online to try and when they arrived none of them fitted…ugh! I felt so disillusioned and was starting to prepare myself for ordering yet more from a different company when suddenly, something switched on in my head and I thought…”I’m bloomin’ well going to learn to make my own!” So I now find myself eating my own words and devouring as much information as I can about bra making.
The first place I started was my pal Sarah’s blog. Sarah (Sew Sarah Smith) recently made her first two bras and I read her posts with interest. She made the Black Beauty bra by Emerald Erin and of course that lead me to Erin’s website where I read all of her tutorials. From there I moved over to Orange Lingerie and read all of their blog posts. They have a big range of patterns too. I started to feel very inspired by all of the possibilities of learning new skills but most of all after reading about bra sizes and wire sizes, etc I now realise just how utterly badly fitting my RTW bras are!
More inspiration for lovely bras is also to be found on the IG account of online sewist Bird (@birdy_sew_obsessed). I really hadn’t studied her lingerie projects in such detail before but remembered how she had saved a lot of her makes to Highlights so I also watched all of those too. She’s all self-taught and her makes are beautiful. Go and check her account out.
Sourcing all of the different materials needed for bra making is a bit tricky. You have to buy from several websites in the UK (it’s easier in the US I believe). So far I’ve found Sewing Chest, Fit2Sew, VenaCava, BWear, The Bra Shop (eBay), The Lace Co.,
Anyway, suffice to say that I’ve ordered a few supplies and hope to be making my first bras soon so stay tuned. Have you made bras or lingerie before? Let me know in comments of your experience.
These beautiful bras are so inspiring:
Yes, you read that right. Hehe…I’m well known for wearing very little print. In fact, I’m a bit print averse, however, I’ve found my self wondering about trying a bit more here and there in very small doses. My types of prints? No ditsy florals, no novelty prints(sweets, cartoon characters etc.) I’m not really a floral fan either… I’ve got just two floral pieces (here and here). “So what the heck does that leave?” I hear you ask. Well, I think I like unusual shapes, slightly larger scale designs maybe, clear contrasting shades. I like vertical stripes, checks and some animal print. So maybe I’ll try something new if the right fabric came along. In the meantime, I browsed Pinterest for a bit of inspiration and found a couple of images that appealed. How about you? What’s your print preference if any?
THREE: Russian Pattern Companies
I touched on this subject a couple of weeks back with my ivory tank top and I’ve found myself getting more and more interested in Vikisews patterns and I’ve also found out about Grasser.ru and Lekala. I’ve already tried a Vikisews basic design, but I’m keen to try more and have already bought the Britney pants PDF. I think they seem well-drafted and I like their modern styles. Grasser.ru take a lot of their inspiration from runway designs and they even have a Burberry trench design! For Lekala, I think you can even input your measurements to customise your fit.
The prices of the patterns are soooo reasonable too (dare I even say inexpensive). I think I paid about £2.50-£30 for my Vikisews patterns.
I’m definitely keen to make more in the future.
FOUR: Structured Sleeves With Volume
I’ve seen a few of these type of sleeves around lately and I like the structured shape a lot.
This McCalls pattern has darts above the cuff to create a lantern effect:
And I adore this Vogue top!
I think what I’m drawn to is that the volume is shifted off the actual shoulder line and either out or down toward the cuff. I may have to hack one of my blouse patterns and have a play and as soon as that Vogue design becomes available in the UK I might get it. What do you think? Tempted by big sleeves? I think the year of the sleeve has turned into the decade of the sleeve as it’s been a ‘thing’ for at least two years now 🙂
FIVE: Alex “Sewrendipity”
Following on from previous posts I’m featuring a sewing blogger/Instagrammer and this week it’s the turn of Alex from Sewrendipity blog. I’ve followed Alex for a few years now and I’ve always been a fan of her style. Based in London, she started sewing over 10 years ago. And the eagle-eyed amongst you may also recognise her from season 3 of Great British Sewing Bee.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Alex in person 2 or 3 times now. The first time was at the GBSB Live in London and I’m very happy to say that we hit it off immediately and have kept in touch ever since. Love her bubbly personality 🙂
Alex has long been interested in sustainability and also works within that area too. So it makes sense that this is what shapes her sewing practices and the subjects that she talks about on her blog.
I love that she remixes existing RTW wardrobe pieces with her self-made items and makes the process of creating capsules look like absolute child’s play…oh, and did I mention that she has killer style?
Here are a few of her fabulous outfits. You’ll see plenty of neutrals, mostly solids or stripes, pops of strong colour with bold dramatic silhouettes and all accessorised with self-made statement earrings. I hear that she’s a big Audrey Hepburn fan too which influences some of her outfits. Enjoy the photos (kindly given to me with her blessing to use in this post)
PS: You can also find her on Instagram here: @sewrendipity so why not give her a follow?
I hope you enjoyed all of this weeks inspiration and hopefully, you feel inspired too? Let me know in comments.
Thanks for dropping by and I’ll see you on Friday.
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