Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater #1, Named Clothing Helmi Tunic Dress, Sew Over It Molly Top, Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges Dress, Sophie Hines Euler Bralette, Named Clothing shirt dress for Kotiliesi Käsityö magazine, Deer and Doe Melilot blouse. Hallå Patterns Lounge pants , Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style Esme top.
So far, I've made a maxi Darling Ranges dress in a dark chambray, and a Molly Top in Alison Glass jersey, so far so good. Until I attempted the Euler bralette. A simple shape, suitable for a smaller bust and comfort wear. As usual, materials are always a little tricky with any bra making and couldn't source wide plush elastic for the lower band so I went with the pattern alternative suggestion for a fabric band with narrower elastic inside. I'm not sure exactly what drove me a little crazy with this pattern but the band was impossible to turn through without stretching everything beyond what was acceptable and I found the apparently straightforward instructions very difficult to get to grips with. This pattern has been largely used through workshops so maybe that was why it just didn't work for me and it was the final straw with bra making.
Sewing bras takes time and concentration. Many sewists who sew the best bras concentrate on lingerie above all other sewing. I don't think I can do that, I want to quilt and dress make so each time I return to bra making, I need to get my thought process and materials ready and find my bra making groove again and it takes time that I don't have. I've had some success with bra making - a couple of Watson's for myself and the daughter, plus Maddie's Simplicity 8229 pattern in workshop and at home but I haven't grown in confidence with fit and construction and I find the process stressful. I don't have to sew everything, so I cut myself some slack and sold my books and supplies. Many of my kits, fabrics and notions were bought at a very low point in my life, a sort of escape with plans of what I would and will make - I'm sure that is a familiar activity to many of you. I often do it with quilting and dressmaking but those supplies have more flexibility and are more likely to get used. No regrets and an empty drawer offering storage to all my other projects. I'll continue to struggle to find fit in ready-to-wear but it was just as difficult sewing my own. I've seen many sewists make pretty bras which although beautifully constructed, don't fit. It's a complex business that I'll leave to others! I'll keep sewing knickers, they do work for me, but my dreams of matching sets of nicely fitting undies are on hold, at least for the moment.
Many of these patterns are ones I've made before so I don't plan to blog them all but some new ones will pop up as they are made . Meanwhile, I'll be working my way through the rest of my #2017makenine...