In winter 2017, my lingerie drawer was beige. So beige.
I love color. I am not afraid of a bold red lip or bright pink skirt. Growing up in Florida, I learned to embrace a colorful wardrobe and I still gravitate towards bold colors and prints. My lingerie did not reflect my personal style. It was sooo boring! I decided I needed to liven up my underthings.
As a devout sewist, I thought, “I can sew fabulous lingerie, right?” I searched online for resources, but they were limited and difficult to locate. When I did find sites that offered resources, I felt intimidated by images of impossibly delicate makes and was confused by some of the verbage. Power mesh? FOE? It was another language… I didn’t know where to start.
Luckily, one of my local sewing shops offered a weekend workshop with Norma, the bra-making genius behind Orange Lingerie, and I signed up right away. The workshop opened my eyes to lingerie making. Sure, it took a little practice, but it wasn’t any harder than trying to fit a tailored dress. With Norma’s support, I sewed a decent bra muslin and gained the tools I needed to perfect its fit. My third bra fit like a glove and I was officially addicted to lingerie sewing.
This website is my attempt to demystify the lingerie sewing process for other home sewists. There are many wonderful bra and panty patterns available, but getting started is scary. Fear no more! I figured it out and will help you become a lingerie sewing addict… err… expert, too!