Monthly Archives: September 2015

Watson Bra + Black Lace Kit

I often get asked if our lace bra kits are suitable to use for the ever popular Watson bra. I am here to say – yes, absolutely! The result is actually really lovely.

I decided to give it a try myself with our black lace bra kit. Here are some photos, if you’d like to see…Black Lace Watson 1Black Lace Watson 2

I went with the longline version of the Watson bra using the 3-row hook & eye kit. I followed Amy’s instructions for cutting a scalloped lace cup.

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My favourite part of this bra is the pretty insides! I overlocked the cup seams and side seams which gives it such a clean finish. The kit provides clear elastic to stabilize the scalloped lace edge. To ensure the cradle would lay flat and smooth, I hand basted the lace and sheer lining together. I highly recommend this step (you will remove the basting stitches later). In my experience machine basting or simply pinning just does not work as well, the layers always shift for me unless I hand baste.

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Even though the kit is designed for a bra only, I had plenty of lace leftover. I decided to experiment with incorporating lace into the bikini pattern. I paired the lace with some black knit from my stash, and black lingerie elastics. For the first pair, I used lace for the bum. For the second pair, as an accent at the front side seams.

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I love the way this set turned out! If you want to sew your own lingerie, using a kit makes sourcing the materials easy. We still have some lace, mesh, and milliskin knit kits left in the shop!

Zeena in Watercolour Crepe

This dress is extra special to me, because I made it to wear to my sister’s wedding last month.

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I teetered back and forth between a few patterns for this special dress. It’s so difficult to decide on something to wear when you know the photos are going to be passed around your family forever, no? I considered a full length By Hand London Anna Dress (would have been gorgeous too), or a Victory Patterns Satsuki Dress (love this version from Sophie so much). When the girls at By Hand London released the Zeena Dress, I decided it was the perfect mix of simple and stylish I was looking for. Those ladies know their dresses.

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I think we can all agree that the fabric is the star of this dress. I went to my favourite supplier looking for the perfect fabric, and when I saw this one, I just knew. It’s a soft watercolour style print on a polyester crepe base.

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Back when I was in design school, there was this stigma around polyester. We avoided it like the plague! But after working for a textile wholesaler for many years, I learned that not all poly is created equally. A nice quality polyester will give you a lovely silky drape without the high maintenance. I am partial to polyester crepe because I find it easy to sew and care for. Plus the good stuff looks and feels almost like silk, and often presses much more easily than you think. I still probably wouldn’t want to wear polyester pants – but for a blouse or dress that is not skin tight, it’s a really great textile. The bonus is the low price point.

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I pulled out all the stops on this make. Instead of the invisible zipper that the pattern calls for, I opted for a hand picked zipper. This is my favourite zipper finish thanks to Tasia’s tutorial. I also added a waist stay to keep the zipper from gaping at the waistline – I highly recommend Tasia’s tutorial for that too (not just because she’s my friend!).

I hemmed the skirt and sleeves with a catch stitch, which is virtually invisible from the right side. Here’s my trick to get the edges nice and crisp: fusible web tape! I folded my hem up, and then sandwiched web tape along the edge. This also helped to keep the hem in place before I did my hand sewing.

Watercolour-Zeena-9Watercolour-Zeena-4The Zeena dress can go really casual, but this fabric dressed it up just enough for me. I love the full skirt and the way the fabric falls softly around the pleats. The only thing I would change for my next version is to lengthen the bodice about an inch – it didn’t occur to me until I saw these photos.

If you love this fabric you’re in luck! I have some left, it’s now available in the shop here.