Lace Set or is it?
Sewing another bra and brief set has been on my sewing must do list for a few months now. It somehow got put to the back of the queue despite long since buying all of the notions I needed from Elle-Joan's. Time somehow managed to change my plans, well sort of! My mother gave me a top that my sister had put in a donate bag. It is a Lycra blend of some sort but looks like lace. I don't think it had seen much wear, if at all. It wasn't my style but certainly contained plenty of fabric worth salvaging.
I knew I wanted to have another go at making Makebra dl03 like my previous version, but this time I thought I would trial a c cup for size. The b I felt was a little skimpy despite being my rtw size and the size I measured myself at. I also wanted to have a go at making the Watson briefs by Cloth Habit despite being actually very happy with my usual McCall's 5400 briefs. It was a bit of an indulgence spending NZD22.00 on a pattern to use for briefs but I also knew if it was successful it will well and truly pay for itself over time because I no longer buy rtw briefs.
Yesterday morning, with an entire Saturday to myself, I set to work. For the briefs I measured at a medium but actually cut them a little larger just in case they were too snug a fit. In hindsight I think I could have made a straight medium. I also wasn't sure about the elastic as the instructions only say stretch as you sew and don't give any real measurements. I guessed based on my swimwear elastic lengths but for the next pairs I think I will make it slightly tighter. They are a good fit but as always there is room for improvement.
The only other change I will make to future pairs is to splice the crotch piece to the front and cut it in one piece as per my McCall's pattern. I didn't bother with these ones because of fabric constraints. The crotch lining was harvested from an unwanted but unused tee shirt.
The bra took the longest to make. I had to keep referring to the online tutorial because there are no written instructions for this pattern. I think I may need to copy and paste them from the website to speed the process up a bit in future. Because I have made this pattern before, I really only needed a refresher anyway.
I am really pleased I opted for quality findings this time because I have found the elastic on the band particularly stretched out on my trial bra and the cheap Lincraft foldover elastic did the same. The only thing I would change for next time is to use slightly wider foe because this narrow stuff wasn't easy to work with. I chose it for a sleeker look but in future I think I will use the wider stuff because I can get a neater finish and a more even stretch.