Bra-A-Week Challenge: Weeks 5 and 6

SAM_2737Hello once again. I’m so glad to be able to finally write about my recent makes. I have three different bras to present. One is a Watson Bra (sorry if sewing this bra is becoming boring but I truly enjoy making this one and love the bra!), another is Kwik Sew pattern 3300, and finally the Florence Bra from Seamwork Magazine.SAM_2707I will SAM_2721SAM_2735start off with the Watson bra since it’s one you are already familiar with. I really don’t have much new to add about this bra as far as the construction process except the only thing I added to it is another layer of fabric on one side of the cups (the armhole side) because I really wanted the cups to hide some exposure and lucky for me, it worked. I also took in about 1/4 inch dart from the armhole cup because I was getting a bit of a gap. It is much better but I still notice a small gap. For my next Watson I will take in maybe another 1/4 inch dart from the side of the cradle and hopefully that will do it. Overall, I’m very please with how this bra came out. I really love the bright pink with white. The fabric is from Spandex House (will not purchase from them again due to bad customer service) and notions from Etsy shops MarySupplies, Porcelynne Fabric Boutique, and Arte Crafts. 

Now for another favorite but this one acts and feels like a real RTW bra, KWIK SEW pattern 3300. It is an underwire bra which offers support and surprising it’s also comfortable. This is the first underwire bra I have ever owned that actually felt comfortable. The wire did not poke or sit wrong. This bra did take a bit longer to make because it is has a few different steps but surprisingly not difficult at all. I used white Denair 40 Tricot which I have in my stash for main fabric on the side cup and also for the straps. I used Aqua color stretch lace for the neckline side cups, which by the way is amazing. I purchased the lace from MaryNotMartha Etsy shop. The channeling from Procelynne Fabric Boutique and the underwires from CalaOssidiana Etsy Shop. The pattern instructions are a bit confusing but I followed most of the instructions. I have to admit though, that the Bra Making class on Craftsy by Beverly Johnson definitely helped. Overall, I really love the bra, it’s simple and pretty. I will be making this one again for sure. I made some mini bows for these first two bras on this post using a youtube tutorial from Handimania, Tiny Bow On The Fork if you are interested in making your own and do not know where to start like I did. They are fun, easy to make and make your finished bras look even cuter.

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Now for my disaster make, the Florence Bra. I really thought this bra would be really cute but after making it (and it could be completely my fault) I felt very discouraged. This bra definitely sewed quick, it is very easy and even similar to the Watson construction process but once I put it on, it did not fit at all which is the main reason it not looking right. I wanted to add the channeling and casing but I was skeptical. The bra was very stretchy so it did not sit correctly. I should also add that it might be completely my fault because I did not stabilize the cradle but the pattern instructions did not really specify or I missed it. I will be taking it apart and try again. One thing I did change is adding a back closure because this bra is meant to just slip over your head and I don’t really want to struggle trying to get it on. I used stretch charmeuse instead of stretch lace for the neckline side cup and powernet for the rest. I do like the color combinations but it has no support whatsoever. I will try to make this bra again and hopefully I won’t forget to add in the cradle support. I will write another post when I get a good fit on this Florence Bra and let’s hope the next one will be much better.

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Overall, this bramaking experience has been really amazing. I just received a new pattern from Merckwaerdigh, BHS10 and I can’t wait to give it a try so expect another post on this some time soon. As far as my BurdaStyle sewing, I’ve really been lagging for no good reason. I am super inspired by the patterns but I guess I don’t look forward to another disappointed finish. But for sure, I will sew something BurdaStyle soon. I need some professional looking pants and skirts since I just started a new part-time job as a Bookkeeper (wish me luck!) and nothing that I had before fits and I refuse to buy any new clothes (I’ve been trying to lose some weight, I need to drop at least five lbs within the next week). So I have to get it together and get started. I plan on making at least two skirts and three to four pants. Let’s hope I can get this done within two weeks starting today. I just gotta! Well, that’s it’s it for now and any encouragement from you part would be greatly appreciated!


New Year and Joining Bra-A-Week Challenge

December-26-yippee-cartoonIt’s so crazy how long it’s been since the last time I blogged. Christmas really messed me up. Just like the prior year, I decided to make handmade gifts for my closest family members. I was hoping to make simple things and have them all done within 1 week but yeah right. It took me up until Christmas day to finish so a couple of people did not receive their gift wrapped. I wanted to show case all of my gift makes but I didn’t get a chance to. I ended up making 6 knitted beanies and 4 girls ponchos. I did not expect exhaustion after they were all finally done. As every year, I regret not making these gifts ahead of time. I realized my planning really sucked. Well, I have a better plan for 2015 and I feel very good about making it happen. I will start early this year and I already have ideas of what to get started on but I will leave it at that because I need some time off from thinking of Christmas gifts.

brasI’ve been working on a few projects since the New Year started and I can’t wait to share them. I hope to have something by next week. Something else I am really excited about is bra making. Emerald Erin from The Sewing Life Adventures of Emerald Erin is starting a bra-a-week challenge and I am totally in. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to start sewing bras and I thought I would make 1 a month minimum but Emerald Erin’s bra-making challenge sounds even better. I hope to become a better sewer and an awesome bra maker too. Can’t wait to share my bra makes.

On another note, this month of January I plan to go back to work which means I’m job hunting. It’s been tough living on just one income and it is time to go back to the workforce and practice my accounting skills. I’m kinda excited about that too because for a long time, I wanted to work as an accountant or bookkeeper. I did have a bookkeeping job before I became pregnant but the hubby and I decided I would be a stay-at-home mom for two years after the baby was born and then go back to work. My baby turned two in October and so it’s time to make some money to help support us. I’m nervous and excited in finding that awesome job. I plan not only to be interviewed but I will also interview employers. I need to find the place that deserves me and they deserve. It would make it such a better world. I will have to manage my hobbies, family and work somehow but I know I can do it. I’ve always loved to multitask. I wish me luck!