Bra Sewing, Swimsuit Sewing, Vacation Sewing

All the sewing in this post!

I still have a backlog of projects to share with you but I thought I would share some things that I recently sewed where I have used the pattern before or, in the case of bra sewing, am using an updated pattern.

Bra Sewing

I’m super pleased with my alterations on my bra pattern. This is definitely a better fit than the last bra I sewed. The last bra fit well but throughout the day my cup would spill over. This bra does that on the 3rd day of wear after washing.

After the last bra, I incorporated more volume in the lower center cup, split the bottom cup into three to better distribute the volume and give a nicer shape, shifted the straps in by 1/4 inch, and scooped out the underarm by about a half inch graded to a 1/4 inch at the top.

It’s really difficult to tell the difference between the two since the previous bra was in black, but the projection is shifted slightly more to the centre reducing the splaying from my pectus carinatam. Unfortunately, the above picture was also taken right before my period when I was swelling like crazy. I generally have a 2 -3 inch difference in my bust at that time. Hello hormones! It’s much better now and I can see how the volume in the cup is a much better fit.

Overall, the shape is great. I feel comfortable in the bra. There are tweaks, however, for next version.

  1. More volume in the lower cups
  2. Less length along the top edge of the upper cup
  3. Move in the strap another 1/4 inch since the strap is still flipping over
  4. Even out the horizontal line where the lower cup and upper cup meet (bring it down by about an inch and a half at the side grading to the height of the cup closest to the bridge)

I’m considering accounting for the differences in cup volume in my 2 breasts, but I think I will wait until after the next iteration to do it.

I’d like one more underwired bra in my rotation and then I want to make changes to my bralette pattern. I’m going to get myself a couple of pattern drafting books for lingerie soon and see if I can apply some of those techniques for a better fit.

Swimsuit Sewing

I recently made another Cashmerette Ipswich SwimsuitΒ and I love it.

The mermaid scales are both from Water Tower Textiles. I chose to make a full side panel with firm powernet for a scandalous see-through look. I love it.

I did not make a bra for this. I lined it with powernet instead. The fit is not bad. Definitely some drooping in the water, but not too bad. The straps with bra strap elastic really do wonders for that. This is a size 24 G/H on top. Bottoms are 24 graded to a size 26.

Why make a swimsuit when winter is about to hit Canada?

Vacation Sewing

My husband took me to Varadero, Cuba for my 38th birthday!!

It was such a perfect birthday!!

We drank…

We ate…

We went to Havana…

I could definitely spend all my birthdays in warm weather and on the beach from now on!

Of course, I couldn’t leave without some marathon vacation sewing…

Cashmerette Rivermont top

Nothing like a mirror selfie with fox pj pants!

Simplicity 8344 Bodysuit

I love it so much. I may take the straps off, though, since I find the elastic can cover my bra straps comfortably.

I also shortened some Misty Jeans into shorts to give them new life, but neglected to take a picture.

For my birthday, I made it a goal to raise $200 for the Ehlers-Danlos Society and I exceeded my goal by $127 for a total of $327!! I am so grateful for the generous support of my friends and family. It made for the best birthday gift. ❀

In my reflection on the past year, I am grateful that I am managing my chronic illness better. It’s through my own hard work and that of my respirologist that I have come so far. With my chronic cough under better management, I am able to do more and get a better grasp on my health rather than struggling with the day to day of just breathing. I know without the meds, my health is tenuous so I have to be super careful to not miss a dosage or else my breathing becomes difficult as well. The fact that there are meds that do help me is huge and I am incredibly grateful for that.

Of course, saying I am managing my chronic illness is not a cure or that I am no longer chronically ill. I know my limitations better now and I know when to rest versus when to push it. I am gradually incorporating more exercise into my life, but I will not do it at the destruction of my body. I have a better understanding of what is good versus what is bad. I am disabled. I cannot do a lot of things normally and often have obstacles that prevent access for me. It’s been quite a year for me of setbacks and realizations and lots of wins. 38 feels good. I have hope and that is an amazing thing to have.


14 thoughts on “Bra Sewing, Swimsuit Sewing, Vacation Sewing

  1. Happy belated birthday

    Well done on raising the money for the Ehlers-Danlos Society, Cuba looks so warm and glad you enjoyed the food and drink!

    The work you’ve put into the bra’s looks promising, I’m planning to self draft a bralette based on an ancient on I have held on to for that purpose so I shall be reading back on your posts when I get to it. Loved the mermaid scale swimsuit too, that really raised a smile.

    I’ve not been about as having a rotten time with fatigue in between all the stuff with my head and neck so short n sweet today. If I don’t get a chance near the time just want to wish you and hubby a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Big black and white hugs, T xxx

    1. Thank you, T! I hope your bralette sewing goes well. πŸ™‚ I’m sorry to hear you have been having a rotten time. I hope you get some relief or some healthcare that helps you. Many hugs to you and a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

  2. I’m glad you’re feeling better! What an amazing vacation! I love following your makes, especially your bras, because I despise underwires, & I’d like to try them eventually.
    Also, that bathing suit is fab πŸ’œ

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you love the bramaking adventures. πŸ™‚ I am keen to make more wireless bras, too. Sewing them is easier than fitting them. πŸ™‚

  3. Belated Happy Birthday Andie. Acceptance of where we are as opposed to where we’d like to be, with extreme illness is definitely a positive place to be. It’s not “giving up” it’s as you say having hope and being in a place to make realistic goals.
    Not around much, but you are often in my thoughts, take care ~ Lucy

    1. Thank you so much, Lucy. I completely agree. It’s a positive place to be for sure.

      Many hugs to you, Lucy. ❀ ❀

  4. Mermaid scales + scandalously see-through is so good. I love that you’re sharing your bra-fitting journey with us. I’m also loving what you say about managing your health, and I hope that continues to go well for you.

    1. Thanks, Andrea! I seriously love that swimsuit and am definitely making more with that see-through side now that I have a pattern piece for it.

      It was lovely seeing you a few weeks ago. I hope that I will be well enough to continue going to future events. ❀

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