I finally got a chance to learn to sew a bra to add one more women’s garment I can sew in my quest to be able to design and sew some version of all the main garments in a woman’s wardrobe. This was from Beverly Johnson’s Sewing Bras: Construction and Fit class on Craftsy, using one of her bra kits on her Bra Makers Supply site. I had the luxury of having one of my sewing guild’s bra makers near me during a sewing retreat to ask questions, but I think I could have done it on my own. I had held off because of how hard some made made it seem to sew bras. It was probably for proper fit more than sewing techniques that those comments were about. That I can see but techniques, I’ve got some pretty basic skills, even if I’ve done a lot with them. I’m not advanced sewist to be able to do this bra with reasonable ease. Just pay attention to the details cause undoing most of anything is a pain! Lots of short stitches, lightning stitches and/or more than one stitch for strength and/or durability! Trust me, I learned this the hard way many times in doing this, but it was for lack of attention in group social sewing, rather than anything being too hard to understand.
I can’t believe it’s been 4.5 years since I made this jacket but it’s about time I got some decent pictures of me in it! I call it my vampire hunting jacket because it was made soon after the movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and it had lots of silver on it. It also has loops on the sides of my waist for silver sais, which I happen to have!
You can read more about the jacket in the original post in this link. Pics of me in it are below.
These are some fun pictures I recently got taken of me in some rather unconventional looking, and engineered tennis shorts I made almost a few years back, with posts writing about them linked in the headers except for the Warhol shorts, which are new to this blog.
I’ve been making double fleece toque and mittens winter sets to revamp some of my winter wardrobe. I have a horrible collection of mismatched toques, gloves and mittens that don’t often even fit well, so I was in desperate need of some of these garments. I’ve decided I would make 5 sets with different feel and impressions for various times and events, as well as variety and fun. This is the first set I’m showing.
Recently, I taught myself how to create a simple glove pattern that could turned into a double layered glove easily. I’ll blog more on that when I have the process documented better. The double layer glove means you can do a few things with it:
- Use the two layers together for warmth, excess warmth if you use two warming layers like both of fleece.
- Use the outer layer for design for whatever you have that you can use on the outside, like crazy spandex or stretch material (non-stretch possible but not recommended for excess stress on seams).
Here, I used some silver snake / lizard / crocodile / alligator skin spandex I had purchased in Manhattan some years ago and the result is pretty cool, in my opinion. Under a coat sleeve, it looks like I have silver lizard skin! Combined with the GATORSNAKE running tights made a few years ago from the same spandex, and a tuque to come, I might well be a vampire hunting, silver skinned lizard of a runner this winter!