Tuesday, February 05, 2019


And here is bra #14. With the numbers getting so high, it's probably good this one was a gift.

This is my first Darcey Bra, a pattern by Evie la Luve. After making several bras, this one was pretty straightforward to assemble. I did have to make the back wider as I only had a 3-row hook and eye instead of the prescribed 2-row, though this was an easy modification.

This was also the first time I used fold-over elastic. I like how it looks but need to be more careful when I apply it. I missed grabbing the lining with the outer fabric in one area and had to make a visible fix to sew the lining down. In the future, I'll probably hand-baste the fabric layers together before I apply this type of elastic to make sure everything stays in place.

Overall, I like this pattern. It's always nice when you can assemble a bra so that the seams are self-contained (something this shares in common with the Romy bra). The one downside is, as this was a gift, I have no idea about the fit. I guess I will just have to make one for myself and find out!

I hope this bra works well for its recipient and she enjoys a non-boring nursing bra.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mauve "Summer" Harriet

I finished bra #13 in January. This one is the summer twin of the mauve velvet Harriet I finished in December. It's probably my prettiest bra yet.

I'm getting pretty good at whipping out Harriet bras. The one thing I still need to work on is the tension on the clear elastic at the top of the cup in the lace version. The velvet version fits great through the cup but this lace version muffins a bit. Live and learn, I guess.

With so many Harriets (4), I'm ready to tackle a new bra pattern. I already have the pattern in mind and bras 14 and 15 in the queue.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

2018 in Review

2018 was definitely the year of the bra in my crafting life. I made 12 (!!!) bras, so roughly one bra per month. I started on my first bra ever in January:

By December, I had upped my skills to make this wonderfully fancy velvet underwire bra:

I feel pretty good about my bra-making skills and I look forward to making more lingerie in 2019. I already have one more Harriet bra almost complete.

I also sewed a few non-bras in 2018, including a toddler bucket hat2 Astoria sweaters, a Jenna skirt, and a Tacara top. My favorite of these is the Jenna skirt, which I am wearing a lot right now.

On the knitting front, I finished an Owl sweater for the toddler and made a pair of fun fingerless mitts from yarn I bought at this year's Wisconsin Sheep & Wool festival. Neither project made it onto the blog until now because that's just the type of year it was.

My biggest work-in-progress was finished in October:

This little lady is going to mean an interesting 2019. I'm hoping to find time to sneak away and craft this year, if only to finish that bra and a sewing project I made the husband for Christmas that just needs buttons and button holes. I'll keep you posted on any finished objects. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

And The Winning Nursing Bra Is...

Back in September, I did a comparison of all the bra patterns I've made and I wanted to update my analysis now that I've gotten a chance to regularly wear them all. I should note that I'm doing this comparison for the nursing bras I made and not the regular bras, which dramatically impacts fit.

Currently, my two favorite handmade nursing bras to wear are the pink Romy and the white Harriet. I'm not happy about the fit of my two nursing-bra Watsons (the sizing is not forgiving to bust fluctuations, especially in the short version) or my Barrett (it's not designed for a large bust, which I now have). I'll probably get some wear out of these less-favored bras, but in the meantime I'm using this all as an excuse to make more bras in the pattern I like best: Harriet.

Meet my "winter" nursing bra in mauve velvet. This is another Harriet bra that I made from a soft bra kit from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics (I supplied wire casing and wires from my stash to round out the kit). I simply adore it.

I learned a few things about velvet during this project: 1) it sheds like crazy while cutting and working with; 2) triple check the pile direction and I should probably cut everything as a single layer in the future instead of on the fold; and 3) it's not fun to unpick seams done in velvet -- it's a bit cleaner to do on the velvet side, though pile direction matters for seeing the stitches well. I had a slight mishap related to #3 which required recutting the pieces for one of the cups but did better when it came to unpicking the topstitching on the casing. Oof.

Stay tuned for this bra's "summer" sister, because why make one bra at a time when you can make two?

Monday, December 03, 2018

Tacara & Patternsy

Back when baby was sleeping most of the day, I was able to get some sewing time in to expand my post-partum wardrobe. Specifically, I made a Seamwork Tacara with the member-exclusive bonus variation. It's a relaxed-fit, split-back shirt which is great for maternity leave. Since I used my serger, the construction was straightforward (apart from me finding the neckline confusing to construct, though I love how it turned out).

The more interesting thing to note about this project is that I tried out a new resource which I heard about via Seamwork: Patternsy. Patternsy prints digital sewing patterns on lightweight tissue; you simply upload the copyshop version of the pattern .pdf file to their website and they send you the print outs in the mail. Upload to deliver time is 1-2 weeks, mostly because they are based in the UK and international shipping takes time.

I've found reassembling digital patterns from 8.5x11" print outs to be the worst part about using digital patterns -- it often takes the same amount of time to assemble the pattern as to sew the item -- so skipping that step is amazing. So to me, it's worth the delay and the price (it was less than $20 USD to print and ship 3 patterns, though costs vary by size of content printed) to get patterns on tissue. This is definitely a service that I will be using again.

Thursday, November 22, 2018


Just over a month ago, I gave birth to a little girl.

It's been kind of a crazy month of adjusting to having a newborn while also dealing with a hyper toddler. The extra challenge is finding clothing to wear -- a lot of my maternity clothing is now too big while my regular clothing is too small. I admit to buying 2 pairs of pants at Old Navy that I wear constantly, but I also have the clothing I made this fall in preparation of this eventuality:

I showed off my two Seamwork Astoria sweaters last month and also finished a Seamwork Jenna skirt not long after the baby was born. I made all three one size larger than normal and I'm happy to say that they all fit well (thanks to knit fabric in the Astorias and an elastic waistband in the Jenna). For not being able to try everything on when I made them, I'm very relieved it all fits.

Now that baby is awake a lot more, I'm not sure if I'll have any time to craft, but I at least have some nice handmade things to wear in the meantime!

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Two Sweaters

This year on the blog has really proved to be all bras all of the time. But I'm happy to report that I'm working on/finished several non-bra projects. I can't guarantee that I won't ever sew another bra again (I do still have 3 bra kits and a bunch of other supplies laying around, after all) but it's time to work on something else.

If you've been picking up hints I've been putting down, you'll know that I'm expecting at the moment. With plans to nurse the new little one, the clothing theme for the coming year is separates. The first step was churning out a pair of knit tops.

The pattern here is Seamwork Astoria and I made one from a sweater knit and the second from a lighter-weight synthetic black "cashmere" knit. These don't exactly fit over the belly at the moment, hence the dress form. Honestly, sizing was an issue overall. Normally, I'd sew a Medium, but [after a lot of waffling and a phone consult with Mom] I cut a Large for these and then still had to take in most of the seams. They'll fit my post-pregnancy body okay but I suspect that I'll want to take them in even more once my body returns to normal.

I'm pretty happy with the pattern and they serged up well, but we'll see in a few months how they actually wear. Until then, I'm happy to be breathing some new life into my post-pregnancy wardrobe.