Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Finally sewing again

Yes, I’ve finally been sewing again. A bra was just the right thing to start with after returning home (with jetlag) from a fantastic trip with my family to New York!

When planning the trip I claimed one day on my own for going to the garment district and of course, a highlight for me, meeting my friend Nancy. Mostly we were talking and shopping fabric too much to think of photos, but here’s one during a lovely Korean lunch.

Nancy brought me the interfacing I had ordered with Pam of Fashion Sewing Supply. The best interfacing you can get in my opinion and in this way I could stock a bit and not pay the high shipping cost.

And where did we go and what did I buy? B & J fabrics and Mood were the larger stores we visited. I felt like being in a candy store: so much to choose from it’s difficult to decide.

The first fabric I bought was this wool/lace one. I also bought zippers for it and plan to make a jacket of it.

Beautiful Swiss cotton for next spring/summer in an original weave.

A few silks.

And last but not least: wool jersey and an Oscar the la Renta boucle. At least, that was the name on the tag. Whether or not he actually used it I can’t find on the internet. It’s of minor importance, I loved the colors as they are very much “me”. Don’t expect all this fabric to be sewn up in the next weeks. My fabric buying obviously exceeds my production, especially in the past months. It’s time for “stop buying fabric and start sewing”. I’m trying to plan 15-30 minutes each day, which should mean more time than I used for sewing recently.

I started with this bra. It’s the download pattern DL01 from MakeBra. I made it before and while wearing it I was not completely happy with the fit, the cups felt a bit too small after all. I now used a size 75F which is the right size I think. Most examples on their site and the gallery are for bra’s in which the cup is covered with lycra. For a long time I had the idea of using lace and that’s what I’ve done here. I made photos of the construction phase and plan to do a review and instruction post later. The color is a bit bold for me, out of my comfort zone.




  1. love the bra which is up to your normal fab standard. Looks like you had a ball in NYC and how wonderful to meet up with Nancy and do some great shopping.

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip and so nice to meet up with a sewing friend. I'll look forward to seeing future posts with your new fabric. Beautiful bra! Maybe one day, I'll take the leap.

  3. Looks like you had a great trip to NY! Your fabric choices are beautiful, especially that lace/wool -- can't wait to see the jacket you make!

  4. Glad you have a good time in NY. It's always nice to see a friend and fabric shop! Love the bra, can't wait to see your review. I'm glad you are sewing again, I love your garments and your instruction - both are always so great.

  5. Thanks for showing us your haul, Sigrid! It looks like it was a wonderful trip!!

  6. So glad that your trip to NY was so pleasurable, including meeting with your friend and buy fabric, so much fun! I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful projects you sew with these fabrics ... Love your bra!

  7. So beautiful! Love the views, beautiful pictures.
    that blue wool lace is stunning! That tweed is so fun too.

  8. Welcome back home :) What a beautiful haul, and gorgeous bra (as always!)!