Last year I had the opportunity to be part of an epic tour, all about Canadian designers and suppliers of all things bras. After months of researching and practicing, I sewed this teal and black sequined bra and panty set that are still in heavy rotation in my closet.
This year the organizers are up back, this time with the theme ‘unwired’, focusing on lingerie that doesn’t include wires.
I chose to sew up the Empire Camisole and Nightie by Jan Bones. The printed pattern arrived very quickly and I set to work sewing up a sample. The pattern instructed the sewist to choose their ‘normal’ cup size, which should have set off warning signs since over 80% of American women are wearing the wrong bra size, and sizes can vary greatly between manufacturers! However, I decided to trace a C cup, which I wear from one of the biggest ready to wear lingerie retailers. It was much too big. For my second go, I cut the A/B (which I haven’t worn since I was 12). It fit much better, but there was still too much fabric right below the bust. I ended up adding some elastic to the bust line to pull it in so that it would be wearable, but you can see in the photographs there is excess fabric pulled in under the bustline.
The rest of the slip fits very well! The bias cut design glides over my hips and this longer length is perfect for wearing as night time lingerie or under a flowy dress. The instructions for adding the straps were a bit confusing, and I think if I did this pattern again I would do a rouleau type strap instead. While this pattern has potential, the formatting is a bit dated with hand drawn pattern pieces and illustrations. The designer has also authored a book on lingerie called ‘Lingerie Secrets’. While it is out of print, I was able to find it at my local library and a DVD version is available via Jan’s website.
Since the sheer fabric and plunging neckline mean I didn’t want to pose for modelled photographs, I pulled out a tried and true pattern, Jalie 3131, the bra and nursing tank top, and sewed up a knit camisole for underneath. I’ve sewn the nursing variation before, but this is the first time doing the regular version. I like the shelf bra option of this pattern; it keeps everything in place but is still comfortable!
The fabric for this tour was sponsored by Club Tissus. It usually is difficult to purchase apparel type woven fabrics online (most Canadian online retailers that I know are either knits or quilting cotton) but Club Tissus has anything you could possibly need to sew a garment! The selection as great and the fabric arrived quickly. I used a printed sheer chiffon for the slip and a bamboo knit for the cami.
Don’t forget to enter to win (raffle begins on Friday) the great prizes from our sponsors! There are also some generous discounts, so take a careful read through this list:
*A bra kit from Atelier Fiber Arts and Abrakdabra
*A bralette kit or scuba print from Bra-Makers Supply
*A 10% discount from Central Sewing Machines
*A pattern from Chelsea C Designs
*A Sophie swimsuit pattern from Closet Case Patterns
*1 yard of in-stock fabric from Crookshanks Custom Textiles (winner splits shipping costs)
*A $25 Store voucher & Discount code from Fabric Please (CANADACUPS for 20% off storewide during your tour)
*A pattern from Favorite Things
*A discount code from Libelle Sewing
*A bralette kit from Braphoria
*A pattern from Ohhh Lulu Sews
*A pattern from Lingerie Secrets Patterns by Jan Bones
*A $30 coupon code to Midnight Mountain Fabrics
store good for pre-order and retail items, and 10% discount CANADACUPS10 is the code
*A discount code from Funky Monkey -code: CC10 for 10% off store wide for the length of the tour. active until Oct 22. Not valid on already discounted full bolts.
* Club Tissus will offer free shipping on all order of $100 and more. The code is: livraison100
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- Tour Wrap Party and Giveaway on Michelle’s Creations
Monday, October 23
- Giveaway winners announced on all the blogs:
Little Heart Threads, Glitter in my Coffee, Michelle’s Creations, Mrs. Weaver’s Finest Unmentionables, Gracious Threads, Élégantine!, That’s Sew Venice, Sprouting Jubejube, Flying by the Seam of my Pants, Filles à Maman