Thursday, May 8, 2014

Been away, sewing Merckwaerdigh BHS10

This pattern is among my favorite patterns to use. It’s in my collection since before I started doing reviews on PatternReview and started my blog. Which means that’s over 7 years, since I started my blog in April 2007! I had my bloversary last week. It passed by unnoticed, even by me, because I was on holiday with my family in beautiful Tuscany.
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No fabric shopping this time, I saw one fabric shop but it looked so expensive that I walked out quickly. My Italian is non-existent too, which is even more difficult.
So this time it’s only a picture of this shop window display.
On my return I made this bra for my daughter, who requested I make her some new ones. She likes padded bras and made her a bra with bought padded cups before which she likes very much. Little problem: I had only bought one pair at the time to try them and no cups in my stash. Being a Sunday there was no way to buy them at that moment. Pattern BHS10 to the rescue, which uses padding but not the preformed cups in view E. All notions for that I had in my stash.

I made size 75B based on the measurements on the Merckwaerdigh charts, in rtw she usually wears a C cup. The fit of the cups is good, but I shortened the band considerably, based on the band of her favorite bras, while the pattern instructions don’t call for shortening for the B cup line.
The lace is not firm, therefor I used an extra layer of interfacing to get a more firm band. The edge of the band is the scallop edge of the lace and then I use the picot elastic with the picot on the inside.

My daughter likes this version and I’m already making a second one in pink. I’m missing a few notions, so finishing that will have to wait till after a visit to my favorite store for lingerie notions next week.


  1. I've only been to Florence but I LOVED it. LOVED it. Your photos are beautiful. I love the idea of living in Europe and being able to visit different countries easily.

  2. Looks like a gorgeous vacation! Your daughter is the very lucky recipient of your bra making skills.

  3. seeing you making more bras makes me think I really need to make some more myself - lets hope I can remember how. Your pictures of Italy look fabulous.

  4. I loved Tuscany when I was there last year too, though if I had seen that roman print fabric I would have to have bought some! You really are the queen of making lingerie, beautiful work as always, one of these days I am going to try it.

  5. What a beautiful bra. What a lucky daughter. What a great Mom!

  6. If you are ever going near Milan, give me a shout! I was wondering if you could share any european online stores for bra making supplies


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