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!