Sewing your own bras can be intimidating, but there are so many reasons to do it. Not only does it call for such little fabric — making it a great way to use up fabric scraps or splurge on something fancy — but it's also a good way to save money. After all, store-bought bras are expensive!
Elastic is one of the great inventions of the modern era. Think about it: We no longer need suspenders to hold up our pants, or garters to hold up our socks and stockings. Getting squirmy babies dressed is way less of a struggle. And the stretch of elastic makes clothing easier to wear — not to mention way more comfortable — whether you're sewing underwear, building bathing suits or constructing workout clothes.
Fact: your most comfy undies could very well be the ones you sew yourself. It's all about how you decide to finish your edges. (After all, nobody wants a pair that digs in!)
One of the things I love most about sewing lingerie is all of the beautiful and delicate fabrics I have the opportunity to work with. But, pretty laces and delicate knits can pose a challenge come laundry day.
Step up your packing game by sewing your own DIY lingerie bag (or three!). This durable mesh bag separates your “unmentionables” from the rest of your clothing, keeping your suitcase or travel bag organized. When you get home, throw the bag directly into the washing machine to clean your delicates safely and easily.
If you want to jump into the realm of lingerie-making, a pair of knickers is a great place to start! If you're familiar with most basic sewing techniques, sewing panties can be a breeze. The trickiest part can be choosing the materials to make your project successful.
I love bralettes for the light support they offer. They're comfortable, quick to sew, and a staple in any lingerie-lovers wardrobe. However, sometimes you want a bra with a little more body without the hassle of sewing and fitting an underwire bra. Adding padding to your bralette gives an extra layer of protection between you and the outside world as well as added fullness and a small amount of structure to an otherwise unstructured bra.
Adjustable straps are a key feature of any bra, but can also be found on a number of different lingerie projects. Creating fully adjustable straps is easy once you learn the basic assembly methods.