Valentines Day Handmade Lingerie


figure since Valentines Day is so close I can justify sharing my handmade underthings on the blog today! Amy at Cloth Habit rolled out her first pattern inspired by 70's lingerie. I have to admit that I had completely written off the idea of sewing underwear and bras. I figured it was too hard, and a bit too personal. Why would someone sew something that they can't show off? Well my tune has completely 180ed.
First off she does such a great job of walking you through, especially with the sew a long, Thank God for her tutorial on sewing in elastic. Second there is something special about making a piece only you know about. I mean come on, who doesn't feel like a sexy beast in a matching lace set?
Also it is surprisingly cheap to make. you need 1/8th of a yard to make a bra! The notions can be a bit pricy, but if you buy neutral and in bulk it's not too bad. You just dye it as you see fit. My straps, closure and elastic were originally white, I bought black rite dye and they turned out the most perfectly matching blue I can't even believe it. Especially since I was going for black!
But my absolute favorite part is I'm able to make something that fits me perfectly. It may take a couple trial and errors but that's okay, because once you find that right size you're set! No more $40 Victoria Secret bras! No more having to awkwardly get measured by random people!  So I have to ask, what are your feelings on this sewing movement of handmade lingerie?


  1. I am very eager to try sewing my own bras. I feel like it's practically impossible to find bras that fit correctly. I usually wear bras with a thin foam padding (none of that crazy push-up stuff though), but the idea of trying the Watson is growing on me.
    On the other hand, I might look into one of those kits that include everything, so I don't have to run to the fabric story three times to get notions I forgot about the time before...
    I really like your blue lace set, it's very chic! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I know what you mean. I like this bra as a starter to sewing bras, but I feel more comfortable with underwire & at least a little padding, no nipping out. I did order some channeling and the seamwork bra to try out and learn how to do underwire. Etsy is a great place to buy all you need. You might even find everything in one store. My local fabric store had nothing to offer when it came to notions so it was the easiest to me.

  3. I love the idea of making lingerie and have wanted to for decades. I HATE trying on bras to find one that fits. The one time I went to a specialty store and got fitted, the bra I bought felt like a headache around my chest. I will see what notions are available at my local shop and give it a try.

  4. that's right I forgot that Collette just came out with a bra, thanks for reminding me! I was looking up merckwaerdigh on etsy and they seem to have quite a good selection of kits with interesting fabric, I may go for one of those...