Florence Bra

I have officially joined the world of bra making! This weekend I made my first bra, the Florence from seamwork magazine. I’ve got some thoughts on this bra, good and not-so-good. I’ll start out with the bad so that I can better explain my I’m still excited about how it turned out. 


So the bad… This might be the most impractical bra I have ever worn. I know it’s meant to be a lounge bra, but there is absolutely no support whatsoever. Now I’m a DD, but this is like “might as well not wear a bra” kind of support. And at that rate, I’m just not gonna wear a bra then. I’m not sure if A and B cup ladies have the same problem, but I don’t think I’ll be making this in its current form again. It’s a bit of a bummer but I’m still very glad I made this and think the pattern can still be of used in different way. 


I’m still glad I made this because it was a good introduction to the techniques of bra making. I have never really sewn elastics in this way before. The materials are also quite different to work with. Practice makes perfect, and I’m glad I was able to try it out for the first time on an easier pattern than something more complicated like the Marlborough or pin up girls classic bra


Also it was super quick to make! I sewed this up in a few hours, so it definitely had an instant gratification factor. I also liked some of the construction techniques. What I liked the most was how the outer cut was made up of a double layer so that the seam was enclosed between the two layers, i.e. no need to bind the seams! Since this was my first time making a bra I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, technique wise.  I made a few little mistakes but I think it’ll be much better the second time around. It’s much easier than I expected and can’t wait to try out one with underwire and a back hook! 


My biggest mistake was accidentally touching the iron to the lace on the one cup. It made a sizeable hole that I need to darn shut. Of course, this was after it was sewn up and I didn’t have any extra to fix it. Oops!
I think the only way I’ll use this pattern again is if I turn it into a slip/night gown. Colette has a hack for this on their blog, so I’ll keep it on my list. 


Finally the fabrics! I used a kit from tailor made shop and was pretty pleased. The kit came with everything I needed and the materials were a good quality for the price. My only complaint is that the fabrics may have contributed to the lack of support, but I wouldn’t say that was a fault of the supplier. It’s tough to find supportive fabrics for a larger bust!


My overall experience with this pattern is a little mixed and I don’t know that I’ll make it again. But, I’m really glad I made one to learn some new skills. 


Has anybody else made a Florence bra? Have you had similar issues? 

P.S I have a pinup girls classic bra kit on the way so there will be more bras in the future! 

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Sewing Entertainment

Sewing is such an enjoyable activity, but I find it hard to sit in silence for the long periods of time that I usually spend in my sewing space. My favorite way to fill the quiet void is to listen to podcasts. Podcasts,  and audiobooks, are a great way to keep your mind busy while working on something. Growing up, my parents listened to talk radio pretty frequently (definitely every time we were in the car!). I think this has been a big influence on my love of podcasts.

Today I want to share with you a few of my favorite podcasts to listen to.

Serial

I feel adding Serial to the list is fairly cliché, but it seriously awakened my love of listening to stories! Before Serial, I was a fair weather fan of podcasts. I would listen to them here and there but never consistently. Then, I heard all the buzz about Serial and decided to give it a try. I’m a big true crime/mystery fan so I figured it would be right up my alley. Sarah Keonig is a WONDERFUL story teller. The story of the Murder of Hae Min Lee and conviction of Adnan Syed leaves so much room for speculation and deep discussion, it’s no wonder it became so popular. One of the other benefits of serial is that there are so many podcasts about this podcasts that you could probably listen for a few weeks straight.

This American Life

This American Life is the parent podcast of Serial, so it makes sense that I would enjoy this one as well. Each week they feature groups of stories of real life around a certain theme. TAL has been around for many years, so on their website you will find LOTS of old episodes to listen to. The quality and story telling in each episode is great. It is a very diverse podcast with many different topics. With the variety they bring, there’s an episode for everybody!

Seamwork Radio

Naturally, I have a sewing related podcast on my list. Seamwork is run by the team at Colette Patterns. They only release one episode a month, but are very much work the wait. In each episode they interview someone about their journey with sewing. It’s a very thoughtful approach to the act of sewing. I am normally very action oriented with my sewing, usually concerned with getting on to the next step and finishing a project. This podcast though reminds me to step back and think about the bigger picture of what I’m doing and why I love to sew.

The Black Tapes

My last podcast for today is The Black Tapes. Normally I like to listen to non-fiction work, but this fictional podcast is a great story. It’s a little dark, delving into the world of paranormal experiences. Along with my love of true crime, I also enjoy a little dark entertainment. There have been a few nights where I have been listening to this and got a few chills. It’s amazing how listening to a story can make your imagination run wild!

Do you like to listen to Podcasts? What are your favorites?

My First Moneta Dress

Hello everybody! As promised last time I am back with something other than pants! 


This is my first attempt at the Moneta Dress from Colette patterns. I made view 1 (minus the collar). Overall I’m pleased with how it turned out, but as always I’ve got a few adjustments for next time. 


To avoid having to a full bust adjustment, I cut out a large in the shoulders and bodice back (my high bust measurement) and graded to an extra large (my full bust measurement). I started the grading at the base of the armsyce and ended at the bottom of the bodice. From there I cut an extra large in the skirt. 

The biggest change I would like to make is a sway back adjustment to take away the excess fabric that is pooling around the waistline. 


As far as the construction of this dress, I approached the bodice differently than the instructions because I didn’t include the collar. I didn’t want to have any top stitching, so I made up my own little system. 


First I stitched the main fabric to the lining around the neck line and armholes. Next I placed the straps right side together (flipping the bodice back inside out and overtop of the bodice front) and stitched around the “tube” that was formed. Finally I stitched up the side seams, completing the bodice. I love how this worked out, and I didn’t have to top stitch anything!


And now the fabric! I love the pattern on this and it’s super soft! I got this cotton spandex knit on sale at Girl Charles (and it’s still available here). My only complaint is how the pattern stretches across my bust, I think I’ll try a solid fabric next time. 


I love this pattern and think it’s going to become and tried and true piece I’ll make again  and again. Is Moneta one of your go to patterns? Do you have another fun TNT? 

Another pair of palazzo pants

Not to be too redundant, but I made another pair of wide leg pants with my simplicity 2369 pattern.  I’ve been in need of more pants in my wardrobe and this pattern (mixed with the right fabric) is great for keeping cool in the summer heat. 


This time I used a rayon blend that is light, airy, and super soft! I seriously need some pjs from this stuff, but alas, I bought this at the final Hancock sale… Fortunately there are many other places to by fabric that have soft cozy rayon fabrics. 


Besides the soft hand of this fabric I also love the print! I haven’t had pattern pants in my wardrobe in a while, so this was a welcome addition. Plus the black and white means they’ll match quite a few shirts I own. 

As I mentioned in my last post I’ve made a few additional changes to create a better fit. First I added 1/2″ to the outter and inner leg seams. This was key to getting he perfect, flowy fit. 

I also did a 1/2″ full seat adjustment. This was my first time doing this adjustment and I am very please with the results. I think this is going to become one of my standard adjustments for pants. I also decrease my fully funny adjustment from 1″ to 1/2″. 

Now that I’ve mastered this pattern, I think it’s time to move away from pants. I need more sewing variety in my life!