Wednesday, 1 February 2012

♥ It's all about Lingerie ♥


I seem to be stumbling -on and off line- upon a lot of projects related to sewing your own lingerie. I guess this has got something to do with Valentine's Day, but if you ask me, there is no special time of the year for great lingerie- I love it all year round!

I did try to sew some knickers once thanks to a DIY Style/ McCalls pattern. Unfortunately I was just beginning and didn't really know about the importance of choosing the right fabric. The pattern called for stretch knit and I used cotton, so I ended up with a lovely pair of knickers which were, sadly unwearable as they had no stretch whatsoever and I couldn't pull them past my knees!

Anyway here are some of my latest inspirations on all things Lingerie!!!

  • I got the following book for Christmas (or was it my birthday?)


Some of the patterns are good, others are not my kind of things at all. Most of the clothes in this book rely heavily on the use of stretchy lace or cotton- both are sadly lacking in my stash, so I might consider a planned trip to the fabric store. There are also some good up-cycling ideas with vintage nighties. What's good is that there are patterns for everyone, so whether you're into loungewear or more sassy lingerie you will find a project that will tickle your fancy.

I will definitely have a go at this very soon- I am thinking of pinpointing 1 or 2 particular projects, get all the fabric and notions needed and get going- and hopefully review the book in more details!!!

  • BurdaStyle's highlights this week feature a collection of very lovely retro looking lingerie patterns. Rather than downloading them I am considering hunting the magazine down- I believe it is available at WH Smiths?

  • The Guardian's Making Time section features a very easy tutorial on upcyling an old t-shirt or some of your fabric stash into a pair of knickers. It's much more basic- and a bit less glamourous- than the patterns mentioned above, but it looks like a fun project.

  • And finally, how more sophisticated can you get than this Maidenform shapewear collection?

Janie Bryant Maidenform Pretty Shapewear collection- (Source)

Yes, I know, shapewear. Most of it looks plain and boring (Bridget Jones's diary anyone?) but choose it plain black,  add a bit of lace et voilà!!! Shapewear becomes glamourous. I guess you could even have a go at embroidery and add a rose/ some roses, for a rockabilly style... What do you think?

Do you feel inspired by all this? Have you ever tried sewing lingerie and if so, what was your impression?



Noas' Libellule said...

I have been into lingerie in December... Don't know why? I think the burda you are talking about was in fact last issue, there is a new one out... I have it somewhere if you need something...

Popbabe7 said...

I think you're right! I bought the November issue when I was in France but at Christmas the newsagent didn't have the December issue which had lingerie patterns. I am shocked by my appalling memory!!!

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

I got a kick out of your Bridget Jones's diary comment. Good luck on sewing beautiful things for your little body! Me?...wearing granny panties!

Popbabe7 said...

The trailer made me want to watch the movie again!

I have nothing against granny panties- I'm quite partial to the myself! Sometimes all you want is comfort ;-)

Tors said...

Lingerie is on my list of things I'd love to sew but am too scared to. I saw the lingerie line Burdastyle have offered, it never occurred to me to just go buy the magazine!

Popbabe7 said...

I gave in and just bought the patterns I was interested in online today. A trip to the fabric shop is definitely planned tomorrow afternoon, but I've gone prepared for once and made a list of things I need.

If you ever go to Porthcawl, the fabric shop at the end of the main street sells bundle of cute lingerie elastic for 50p. I stocked up last time I went!


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