I’ve made a second bra, and this time added a pair of underpants to make a matching set. I’m really happy with how they both turned out, and they are so so comfortable!
I used a midnight blue and black stretch lace, and some black silk satin. The stretch lace was actually salvaged from my rubbish bin at work! When I was cutting some samples last year I put the small scraps aside with a view to making some lingerie with them. I guess I’m lucky in that regard – but so is the lace as it would only have ended up as landfill! The black silk satin is crepe backed and heavier than a charmeuse, it has a gorgeous handle and is the same as I used to make my black Ruby Slip.
The pattern used was the Orange Lingerie Boylston Bra. This was the same pattern as the first bra I made, I had the fit perfected and thought the satin would look nice on the straps.
I wanted to utilise the 3-step zig-zag on these designs, and the straps were ideal for this. I also inserted a satin band in the side seam to squeeze even more zig-zags into the bra design. I’ve been deprived of zig-zag capability for so long I want ALL the zig-zags EVERYWHERE!
The cups were lined with non-stretch bra tulle, the bridge lined with sheer cup lining, and the frame and band were lined with stretch tulle. The Boylston frame is designed for low-stretch fabric, but some of my ready to wear bras are lined here with stretch tulle, and it seems to work.
For the trimmings I used 9mm plush backed picot elastic for the underarm and strap, 12mm plush backed underbust elastic, 12mm plush backed strap elastic, and a 2 row hook and eye set. All of these were sourced from Elle Joan’s Lingerie Findings, along with the non-stretch bra tulle and sheer cup lining.
Now the underpants – I continued with my 3-step zig-zag EVERYWHERE theme:
The pants are high waisted with princess seams and lace side panels, and I drafted the pattern from a swimwear block I made a very long time ago. They look rather huge but fit like a dream!
The satin isn’t stretchy, just the lace, which was cut with the scalloped border to the leg opening. More zig-zags – I even zig-zagged the back crotch seam! I cut up an old T-shirt for the crotch lining that was slightly too thick, so the zig-zag flattened the seam nicely.
It’s hard to make them look nice on a skirt mannequin! And I now have circle imprints on the back from my ironing board because I used steam – whoops!
Bow = finished!
So – overall I am so happy with this set. It is really comfortable, and flattering, and used up some old fabrics so they cost me practically nothing – a sewing win!
13 thoughts on “Midnight Lingerie Set”
Did you get a new machine? Lovely bra btw.
Beautiful lingerie set. More beautiful than any RTW that I have seen.
Awesome! A lovely set.
Sheryll these are just so lovely! I adore black and navy together!
That’s gorgeous! I’m planning to make the Boylston as my first bra. Just got to pluck up the courage to get started!
This is so gorgeous! Definitely inspiration for me to get back to sewing lingerie!!
Your lingerie set looks stunning, Sheryll. I like that inset and zig zag under the arm too.
What a gorgeous set!
Looks absolutely stunning!
Oh these are so lovely! That lace is gorgeous, and you can’t beat the price! 🙂
This set is gorgeous!
So pretty and great recycling!