Jumpsuits..a sign of the times, who’s copying who?

I wasn’t much of a fashionista when I made this 25 years ago.  But, I tell you I was a pretty good sewist by anyone’s standards.  
And I did know fashion, also by  the looks of it, I also had a good handle on the moonwalk.  Life was so much fun back then. 
Erica B.  on her blog, says she wants this cutie. Of course the up-to-date version…Kwik Sew 3898
 I just know, from past experience, she will rock this jumpsuit. 
As comfortable for the tom-boy as it is stylish for the fashionista. This jumpsuit, suits all styles.  Dress it up or down, and you have a tough little outfit to do anything in.  I made mine back then, I think, out out a grey brushed cotton twill.  But you have to remember, if you are old enough, that back then there wasn’t much in the fabric department to choose from. So, I can’t wait to see this made up in the silk crepe de chine she is hoping to find.
I know I wouldn’t wear this again, my rump roast is way to big for this type of look.  Something, I just didn’t notice back then. But, oh yeah, people didn’t really worry so much about that, because just the fact that you sewed something yourself, brought on all the ooo’s and awwww’s.  It was a part of life to sew for yourself.  Now, it almost seems that you have to prove you can do better than the designers out there.  (Thats another ranting blog..) Cause, I believe what people are so call copying from today’s designers, they could just find in their mom’s closets and just be-dazzle the stuff a little and accessorize and you have a “look”.  
Not to step on anyone’s toes, but if you are not copying Carolina Herrera and the likes of her, you are just remaking the same old stuff from back when mommy taught us how to sew.  With that said, just make what you like, and trust, it has been made before.  Nothing is new, and trends are what you make of them.  Use the patterns provided by our lovely pattern designers as a springboard to do what YOU want and enjoy your creations as your own.  Not so you can say I copied a designer original…cause you didn’t.  What you DID do is save all that rediculous money they try to charge for the garments.  
OooooK…sorry, I just had to get that out.  No offense to any of my lovely friends in sewing blog land.
Sew til later.. luv ya! 

Blue Lace Lingerie Set..another happy ending.

 Bra making is quickly becoming my new love.  Its quick and satisfying all at the same time.  Especially when you are certain to come out of it with a perfectly fitting bra.

One might wonder, why it would be ok to publically talk about, let alone disclose the interworkings of your foundation garments.  Of couse, any woman would admit “albeit” in private, that she has always wanted to be open and discuss the problems she has with the undergarments.  We all look for the perfect fit in clothing, whether it be pants, blouses, t-shirts, dresses, and the like.  Who doesn’t want their boobs to fit “inside” the bra cups.  Tara Banks was candid enough to have a show about the “bra”.  Oprah Windfrey discussed it and women listened.  There spawned the bra fitting craze so to speak.  Even pattern companies increased their offerings.  What is so illusive about fitting a bra or underwear?

 Tara knows how to make us feel comfortable about the requirements of the body.

Moving forward…I remember last month spending 3 hours in the Dillards lingerie department getting fit for bras.  It was horrible, I was tired, my hair was a mess, and nothing fit.  You say, I’m small in comparison to the average woman with bra problems… Yes, I have a small chest area, 1/2 inch is all it takes to cause a bra to sag, and I hate saging.  I want my bra to hug my chest, not sit away creating a ridge under my clothing.  “It does matter.” 

After taking my bra class in Atlanta last year, I have only made two additional bras, but during this time, I have been complaining about the ill fitting bras.  I just don’t want to get rid of so many bras. However, when inventorying my stock, and I do have a large supply, I found that I am wearing only a select few the most, including the ones I made, which are my favorite.
  So, I look over all these bras and clean house…..
After all that I still saw that I need more of the nice ones.  The ones I learned how to make that just fit me, and me alone.  In comes my trusty pattern drafted especially for me…Intimately Yours, Bras That Fit, by Anne St. Claire. Needlenook fabrics 
I like the kit idea, because I can just work on any item I want anytime because I know all the pieces are there for me.
I made the matching panties from the panty kit provided by Needlenook Fabrics using Kwik Sew 2908, view B- bikini.  The fabric is a wonderfully satiny nylon.  The size may seem off, but trust me, when you really have the correct fitting bikini panty they may appear big.  I was shocked, however, I did not want to change the size until I was completely finished so as to get a true “fitting” of the final garment.  They really fit, with full bottom coverage and a low ride.  No panty lines.  Yee Pee!  The crotch will be narrowed an inch in the next pair, but really these are some great fitting panties.  So if you have buns that cup under a little, these have a nice curved bottom that catches all that rump. 
 Compared to the first pair I made, in which I used vanity sizing, I cut a small, because I figured the pattern has to be wrong.  I got a really good pair of panties that I had to give away….
I used some of the blue panty fabric to line the lace area of the bra for a little more coverage.  Although, the bra kit came with a lightweight nude tricot lining. Anne told me I could have dyed it brown using some strong coffee.  duh  I didn’t think of that. More about the bra…  When I first learned to make these bras, my first complaint was that I donot want a “line” to show through my clothes.  But as you can see, the line isn’t really that prominent.  I found that the slight curve in the sewn cup actually causes it to sit just a little off and properly fitting clothes just hang past the line.  Aaannnd…the bra isn’t pointy, like it might appear.
I especially the way the band covers the side of the body…
…and how the back has the 3 hook/eye combination.  This is much more comfortable and supportive.  Anna has a reason and really good explanations for the structure of the bra.  The whys and why nots are important for someone like me.
Of course, you are not seeing the pesky little rings in these bras.  Thats because you don’t need adjustible straps if they were made just for you.  Why do you need to adjust anything? Right? 
For my straps on this one, I tried one of her variations talked about in the book.  I made a 1/2 version.  Although, I really do like the suggested 3/4″ or 1″ versions.  I will not be making the narrow strap again…it hurts.
You should probably get used to the idea of making your own bras.  My Mom already told me she absolutely loves hers and that I should make some more right away.  “Mom, I will, I am on it for sure.” Love you…
Thanks everyone for reading my blog…I really enjoy sharing.
Andrea