Monday, 12 September 2016

Review of Sewing Lingerie: Essential Techniques


Well, I’m the first stop on this amazing blog tour with my review of the Craftsy Class - Sewing Lingerie: Essential Techniques by instructor Alison Smith. I come to you all the way from Edmonton Alberta. So I guess I’m the western representative (or according to Our Fairy Bra Mother, the left cup). Valérie from  Élégantine has also reviewed this class and is also posting today

You might be amazed to hear this is my VERY FIRST CRAFTSY CLASS! It won’t be my last though because I have already bought Beverly’s Sewing Bra’s Construction and Fit and her newest Sewing Panties classes. Maybe those will keep me warm through the cold winter ahead? I’ve also become a Craftsy affiliate so any Craftsy links you see on my blog or on my posts are affiliate links. I love that you can come back to these videos at any time and how many different things you can learn. Here I am sporting my awesome Craftsy Swag that arrived in the mail a few weeks ago. Craftsy sent one to all 12 tour participants, how cool is that?!


I was excited to learn more about what craftsy classes are and how detailed they are. Many people live in smaller places and would have to travel great distances in order to take classes from expert instructors. Craftsy opens up the opportunity for everyone to benefit from the modern world of the internet and have equal access to their classes. The Sewing Lingerie Class is broken up into 7 lessons. You can also jump to specific points within the lessons which is extremely helpful when you are going back to re-watch parts of the video class during your sewing project. There is also the opportunity to ask questions directly to Alison, the same as you would if you were sitting in a classroom. I've always wanted to learn further techniques for sewing with different types of delicate fabrics such as silk, woven polyester, georgette, satin, cotton lawn, as well as lace and lace trim. She also explains what types of stitches are best for sewing with the lace trims and even how to pick the best lace trims. There is an entire lesson about sewing straps which is extremely useful because it is such a different technique from anything I've ever sewn before. All in all this was a very useful class that I am sure I will reference back to again and again.
Although there is a Vogue paper pattern included with this class, I elected to purchase two PDF patterns rather than learn how to follow a paper pattern (yes that’s right I’ve only ever sewn PDF Patterns!) A perfect fit for this Canadian Blog tour was to use patterns from the Canadian Pattern Designer Ohhh Lulu. She exclusively designs patterns for Bras, Underwear, and Lingerie and also sells some of her handmade intimates online. I purchased these two patterns from her Etsy Pattern shop and all opinions about the patterns are my own. I also kind of cheated because I love knits and am extremely comfortable sewing with them. I probably should have used some of the new techniques I learned in my craftsy class to make some gorgeous woven lingerie but i'm built for comfort and I know I will wear the lingerie I made often.




















My first outfit was made using the Clara Camisole from Ohhh Lulu and the Uptown Undies from Peekaboo Pattern Shop (Peekaboo Patterns aren't Canadian but I already had the pattern and wanted to try it out with the Clara Camisole). I used an amazing deer antler custom knit strikeoff from Blackrabbit Fabrics. I actually don't fit into the sizing for the Clara Camisole. The lowest bust size is 34/35 and mine is 33". I made the pattern as is for the first one to see how big it turned out. It is slightly too big but nothing crazy as you can see in the pictures. The other thing I did for both camisoles is to use removable bra straps that I salvaged from an old bra I no longer use. The straps are in great shape and the light cream matched perfectly.


For my second take on the  Clara Camisole I ended up taking off approx 1/4 inch off both sides of the cup pieces before cutting my fabric. The fit is much better on the second version. The only other change I made was to do knit binding around the cups/back rather than fold over elastic. I have been doing a lot of binding lately and like working with it a lot better than FOE. I also used the removable straps on this one. I paired up this camisole with the Eloise Shorts also by Ohhh Lulu. I made a size small as it was recommended for 35/36 hips and mine are a 36. I used another wonderfully soft and stretchy cotton/lycra knit strikeoff from Blackrabbit Fabrics that is currently on pre-order. I find the shorts to be a little big but I think that is because of the stretchy knit. I will likely size down next time I make them in knits but keep the same size if I use wovens.

Thank you so much for reading to the end of this post! I had so much fun sewing these up. Check out my instagram account for more photos and be sure to check out all the posts during the tour. I'll be back on Saturday with my interview with Wendy from custombras.ca

As for the Sew Straight and Gather Pattern Giveaway from Yesterday, Sakina is the winner using Random.org.


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47 comments:

  1. Great job. The sets look so cozy. Love the idea of using knit binding rather than FOE. Thanks

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  2. Great job. The sets look so cozy. Love the idea of using knit binding rather than FOE. Thanks

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  3. I love how you customized for a perfect fit and your fabric choices are absolutely gorgeous! You should also give a try to V8888, you won't be dissapointed. Bias cut garments (if cut properly on the bias grain) are really stretchy and comfortable.

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  4. This is a great kick off to the Canadian tour! Your two sets look great!

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  5. Those are lovely and looks so comfortable, so great when you make something but you know you actually will wear!

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  6. Michelle, I'm just amazed at how good you make those patterns look. But more importantly, no matter how much I think I know, I just learned a whole lot more from you. Thanks!

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  7. I love these so much! You did a beautiful job.

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  8. Lovely job! I love both fabric choices.

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  9. Lovely. I'd go with the blue as it is my favorite color.

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  10. Your sets are delightful! I'd likely choose the blue, but am so very charmed by the pink print!

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  11. They are both lovely, but I like the blue best.

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  12. I really like the blue set. The set looks so comfortable.

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  13. The blue set is my favorite. 😆

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  14. The blue set is my favorite!

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  15. Super cute! I think the pink is my fav though:)

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  16. Great post. I would choose blue.

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  17. Great post. I would choose blue.

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  18. I absolutely love the blue fabric.

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  19. I too like the blue set that you made.

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  20. Both sets are so gorgeous! I think I'd go with the pink though ;)

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  21. Both look great on you! Blue is my fav

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  22. Love both. The fit of the blue top is better but I like the cut of pink bottoms more. I can't pick a favourite set.

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  23. Love both. The fit of the blue top is better but I like the cut of pink bottoms more. I can't pick a favourite set.

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  24. I also like both, but slightly prefer the blue

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  25. Both sets are really cute! I prefer the blue one though :)

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  26. Both are beautiful, I love the blue especially!

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  27. I love both but I'm more drawn to the blue pattern

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  28. I'm partial to blue, but I just love the design on that pink fabric!

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  29. Both sets are gorgeous but blue is my favorite!

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  30. A lot of the outerwear I wear is blue, so I'd choose the pink. It's fun to be able to wear other colors that aren't really "me" in underwear.

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  31. I love your blue set! Knit is a fabulous idea!

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  32. They're adorable, Michelle! Really good work! I'd pick the pink one because it looks so delicate, but the blue is also lovely! :)

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