Friday, March 2, 2012

Making Your Own Lingerie?

Over the past few months, I've been re-evaluating my bras.  **cue the collective groaning**  You've been there.  You know how torturous it is to finally admit that your old style just doesn't cut it any more, and it's time to hit the stores for a new brand.  You spend hours in the dressing room, hooking, adjusting, tightening, loosening and walking out with nothing.

Well, shortly after my determination to find a new fit, I came across a sew-along hosted by 'A Few Threads Loose' to make a corset garter belt and (coming soon) a bra.  As Anna points out, lingerie is small.  Fabric requirements are virtually nil.  Notions include a few hooks, shoulder straps, a garter clip (or six) and a scrap of lace if you really want to get crazy about it.  Back in college I made a halter-style bra out of my boyfriend's flannel shirt.  I copied an old Victoria's Secret cotton bra and used the underwires.  It wasn't that hard.  So maybe I should revisit this idea?

Meanwhile back in the sewing room (while rummaging for patterns and garter clips), I came across several pairs of vintage shoulder straps that I had picked up at the thrift store.  How many do you need to be a bona fide collection?  I found four tucked in and around my sewing projects!

GemCo ~ Washable and Rustproof!
Primstyle ~ Made for Woolworth's
Vanity Fair
You should have seen the look on the clerk's face when I took this empty card to the checkout!
So I guess I've got a good start here.  When I first started collecting patterns and resolved to have a home sewn vintage wardrobe, I never thought it would include my unmentionables!  Should I actually take this step, I'll be sure to mention it.


  1. I want to do this as well since my last trip to the store had me seeing nothing but neon pink, orange, and yellow! I don't have any silks in my collection so I may be purchasing some. I like your strap collection.

  2. I have thought of doing this myself but also have not taken the plunge since I completely lack the time to sew at all right now. I look foward to seeing your results.

  3. I nomined Hometown Victory Girls for a Liebster Award. Keep up the great posts!

  4. Dicky Bird! Haven't heard from you in awhile, I was begining to worry. Thanks for the Liebster nomination!

  5. You're brave to sew those. I'm sure they will be great. Just think, they will be the perfect fit.