Sewcialists Tribute Month

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In case you are new to them as they’ve had a break the sewcialists are a group of friendly stitching bloggers who set readers month long challenges of fun things to make. This month is the sewcialists tribute month, where anyone can join in and try out something that they’ve seen someone else make, or produce something in their style. Great if you follow other bloggers and have been eyeing up some of their creations and need an excuse to perhaps step out your comfort zone and try something new. As I have been in hospital for most of this month, hence a severe lack of sewing, I have had the opportunity to put a good deal of thought into who has inspired me and what of their’s do I really wish I’d made myself.

Here is the short list:

  1. Lauren from Ladybird

OK I’ll be honest I actually have a list of things that she’s made that are on my list, some I even have patterns for, such as the Ginger jeans, which I’ve been eyeing up for years, she’s made so many great well fitting pairs. However in this instance she is on my list because of the Pneuma tank from Paper cut patterns which she blogged as recently as the 12th July.

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It comes as either just a sports bra or there is a optional over top. Lauren has just made the sports bra top to go under something else she has made but the colours are fab, just so bring and have a holiday feel.

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When I get back to full strength and have maybe had an operation on my back I was hoping to pick back up on some light yoga to strengthen my core and I have to be honest my t-shirt seems to slip all over the place so having a keep-it-all-in but pretty sports bra to keep my modesty would be ideal to stop me flashing people.

I haven’t sewn much with sports fabrics so I’ll be back to Lauren to re-read and see what tips I can pick up.

2 & 3 Featherred1 and Alexandra Anissa

The next two ladies I have picked for the same reason. Most people would imagine handmade underwear to be comfortable, well covered maybe a little frumpy, I love that a lot of their designs and photography are downright sexy. I began sewing as I found it difficult and expensive to buy bras that fit, to buy sexy underwear that fits is doubly hard. These gals breaks the mould and if some of my makes were a little more sexy and a little more cover-all safe, well, that would be a nice thing.

       2. featherred1 on instagram

This talented lady designs and sells hand made lingerie in Texas. She also has an Etsy shop which is lovely to peruse called Feather Red.

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A little more neutral than some of her other sets this is Strawberry Lolita Strappy Bralette, Panty, and Harness Set, Custom Sized Made to Order.

     3. Alexandra Anissa

Alexandra Anissa is owned by Vanessa Villarreal. She designs lingerie and hand makes it to sell. She has also started selling a few patterns on which are high on my hit list. Her photography is always fabulous and sexy, and without using stick insect models. In fact Villarreal’s goal in her own words is to, “above all, is to help women feel beautiful, sexy, daring, strong and confident”. Her blog contains a number of tutorials which can help with her patterns.

I can’t wait to try these new patterns out and feel inspired by her sewing to improve mine and try more lace only and sheer designs.

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     4. Oonaballoona

Oonaballoona looks stunning in the Bombshell swimsuit, so much so that she has inspired me to make my own. I love the bum coverage to stop that ‘getting out the pool is it covered’ moment and the flattering way the tummy is covered. I was thinking it needs red and white poker dots, thoughts?

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Oonaballoona totally rates this swimsuit, as do several other reviews. Plus great news there is a sew along, for people like me who haven’t sewn with any swimwear materials so far. More information about the Closetcase Patterns Bombshell swimsuit is here.

5. Amy from Cloth Habit

As mentioned above I have spent quite a large portion of the last month in hospital and laid up in bed due to a slipped disk in my back, and I have come to the conclusion that wearing an underwired bra in bed all day is extremely painful by mid afternoon. I desperately need some soft bras that can provide a little support and stop me exposing myself in the oh-so-flattering hospital gowns.

Sewing it, well anything, will be a slow process as I can’t get up for much time a day but as it is relatively small in size isn’t too heavy to work with. I also love that it comes with matching brief and a tutorial to help you assemble it.

These have been so popular I am just tripping over the number of hits on my pinterest wall. At the moment I am favouring these beautiful bright versions who have been made by these other talented bloggers.

 

So these are some patterns and bloggers I am really excited about, I am looking forward to show you some makes soon inspired by this lot.

Pink and black Maya bra

I’m excited to make the Maya bra for the first time, the pattern for which was very kindly given away for free. Lots of people are raving about it and it’s time I gave it a try.

Whilst I will be using some scraps to make up a toil I have a pretty pink and black pattern new kit to use from The Bra Shop on Etsy and am having trouble deciding how best to use the fabrics and lace. Now I have to say about the bra shop that they have sent me different lace than advertised in this picture and the replacement lace is not as nice and smelt a little of damp thus I am currently trying to rectify the situation. I will update you on the outcome, for the price I paid I am not so happy.

I’ve been searching the internet for some inspiration on how to use the kit,  here are some pink and black bras that I am considering stealing ideas from and I’d like to know what you guys think.

First I found this bra from Bravissimo,  pretty much the only high street store where I can still buy bras that fit.

One of the things I liked about this bra is having a plain pink stripe across the top if the bra and knickers, as opposed to most bras where the lace is across the top of the cut. I felt it gave the bra a bit of a fresh feel to it.

Next this one from Linda’s Online.

Now this bra made me wonder why you would choose to sew black stripes half way up your bra cup like that, obviously it covers a dart but it looks very weird and in my opinion is a bad idea. However I do have some really nice velvet feel ribbon that I could use between sections like they have done on the knickers that I quite like. I would do this on the bra too, not how they have.

I really love this bra by Freya

So I nearly accidentally bought this one as it was on sale and in my size and Freya bras usually fit me and are very good quality.

I still might.

Hmm, what I especially like here is how the frame and top of the cup are all back so it really does frame the cup nicely.  It shows off the print on the cups.

And then I could go for something like this more standard option from H&M.

Where the lace is across the top of the cup.

And this is what happens if you try to buy underwear from Ebay.

Not really an option, I just felt I needed to share this. I know some of you will be disappointed to learn that this item is currently out of stock….

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Anyway.

Any thoughts on how the kit should be used?