It’s the first full week of lingerie month for #SewMyStyle2018, and boy do I have a month planned for you! Last week I shared some lingerie inspiration with you, plus the vocabulary of bra making and my favorite suppliers. Today I’ve got a list of my favorite lingerie making tips and tricks for you so you can be the best lingerie-maker out there!
Please note that you may find some of these articles NSFW, so click at your own risk in public spaces. There’s no naked breast photos, but plenty of illustrated ones and breasts in bras.
Lingerie Making Tips and Tricks
- Understanding underwire is easier with ArteCrafts/Bra Making Supply’s printable guide to fitting underwire, and their overview of the different types
- Some heavy bra making and underwire theory from this month’s prize sponsor Emerald Erin (actually, all of her bra theory posts are amazing — and her bras! Seriously girl, please release more of your designs as patterns!)
- Cloth Habit shares how to measure for fit before you begin, plus
- some bra anatomy
- Here are some details on sister sizing
- Videos from Lane Bryant covering “my bra looks like this… what do I need to change?” that could help with fitting!
- An article on identifying the best bra style for your breast shape
- And from the same author, an amazing post on what a well-fitting bra looks like
- An incredibly detailed guide to measuring yourself, with recommendations for AMAB folks (this one is good for friends with difficult-to-measure breasts, since you take measurements in several different ways and can average them if need be)
- Another measuring how-to, with an interesting drawing of different breast shapes
- A quick guide to sewing picot and band elastic
- Cloth Habit is back again with band and frame adjustments and cup adjustments
- I always forget how to sew adjustable straps! This video from Evie La Luve is my go-to refresher
- Sarah from Ohh Lulu shares how to sew a hook and eye into the back of your bra
- General tips for sewing lace
- A MaddieMadeThis tip – if your lace is getting sucked into your feed dogs, try putting a sheet of tissue paper underneath the lace. It’ll act as a barrier between the lace and the machine, and it’ll tear away easily afterwards!
- Evie La Luve also has great tips for sewing elastic lace to leg openings!
- Fold-over elastic tips from Silhouette Patterns
- Sarah (Ohh Lulu) also has two methods for sewing band elastic
- Sew elastic into your swimwear with help from IndieSew
- Madalynne shares how to care for your handmade lingerie