In my last post I had a list of projects I was going to choose from. But that was before I got distracted by this fabric. (I had to use flash to take the pic otherwise it looked black, but it’s really a very dark blue black. It’s also much less shiny.)
Since it has a good amount of stiffness, similar to taffeta, I decided to use it for a maxi skirt. I’ve been working on it for the past few days so now I just need to finish the sash. I tried it on with a crisp white blouse (I was feeling very Carolina Herrera) and it looks fabulous if I do say so myself. It also looks great with my white peasant blouse I think I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this one.
Then I got sidetracked by this polka dot spandex that I bought at Spandex House. I’m using it to make the Classic Pinup Girl Full Band bra pattern from Bra-maker’s Supply. The rest of the supplies (elastic, straps, etc.) I bought from Merckwaerdigh on Etsy.
Confession: I’ve had everything to make this project for well over a year, but I kept pushing it back. When I came across this fabric again, I decided to just jump in without overthinking it.
Before I cut into my fabric, I made a muslin and it was an unmitigated disaster. I used non-stretch fabric for the cups (I read that somewhere on the interwebs) and it looked and felt terrible. For the second go-round, I used my spandex and it was much, much better. I still need to make some adjustments to the pattern, but I bought one yard of the fabric, so I should have enough to make a few more muslins and fine-tune the fit.
The biggest surprise was how quickly everything came together. I was pretty intimidated by what looked like an extremely complicated process, but like a lot of things, thinking about doing it was much more difficult than actually doing it. Now that I’m finally getting the bra done, I’m going to just go ahead and make some nice knickers to go along with it. Then I’m going to prance around my apartment in my new matching handmade undergarments. Or not.
Anyway, that’s what I was up to this week. Oh and I started a new job in my other life so I’m super excited about that too.