So I am dragging myself out of a sewing funk - kicking and screaming, but still coming out. AND I finally made myself take some pictures and some notes so I will know what I did and what to do differently next time.
This project was a combination of experiments. I used my Makebra DL01 pattern for the bra again. Still not entirely happy with it.
- The first one I made had a gap where the strap met the neckline edge, so this time I overlapped that area slightly - approximately 1/8" - effectively creating a small dart.
- I also used a thinner foam, 1/8" instead 1/4", which I do think I like better.
- I did not do a gothic arch on the bridge and I will do this next time. I really like this detail on my bras regardless of the pattern.
- I have gained some weight so the cup is a little small. I read somewhere that the down-n-dirty way to increase a cup size was to add 1/4" at the wireline. So will do this next time if I am at the same weight and size.
- The directions instruct you to sew a piece of twill tape or a thin ribbon to the outside edge of the strap. Next time I think I will also do on the neckline edge of the strap. It seemed to stretch out a little.
- Need to improve my skills in applying fold-over elastic.
Now comes the second part of the experiment - adding color. It's much easier to find everything in white so that's generally what I stock up on, but I really like a little color. Sometimes a lot of color, I think that's because my general public wardrobe is not very colorful. Anyway - I read on Beverly Johnson's blog years ago about using Kool-Aid as a dye. I couldn't find the blog entry again, but I have a set of white lingerie and I have black cherry Kool-Aid. Well all righty then lets give this a go!
I used hot tap water, enough to cover my material, and dumped the non-sweetened Kool-Aid in. Get the material wet and
So I give you raspberry lingerie.
It turned out with an almost tie-dyed look. The fiber reactive dyes give a more even look. But this was an experiment and I kinda like it. We'll see how the color holds up after a few washes. I wish I could tell you I hand wash all my lingerie, but I'd be lying.
Happy Sewing, Suzanne