Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Sheer Genius Set

One of the great things about sewing lingerie is that it only uses small pieces of fabric, so it can be a great way of using up scraps (as long as the fabric is suitable for said lingerie!). When I finished up the Late Bloomer Dress I had a few large scraps left over of the floral knit. While it doesn't have great stretch or recovery, I thought it would work well as the "non-stretch" contrast for the Bambi and Grace set, which is designed to combine a stretch fabric with a non-stretch fabric. I decided to pair it with some stretch mesh, to make up this little set. I love the contrast between the cozy floral knit and the sexy sheer mesh!

The details:
Fabric: A black floral knit scored from an op-shop (left over from the Late Bloomer Dress) and stretch mesh from Booby Traps
Notions: Elastics and strapping from Booby Traps, rings and sliders from sewingcraftnotions on Etsy
Pattern: Bambi bralette and Grace briefs by Ohhh Lulu
Size: S in the Bambi, M in the Grace
Special touches and alterations: None

I made my usual size for Ohhh Lulu, being an S in the Bambi and an M in the Grace. The fit was fine, but I would make the cups a little higher/taller next time if I were to make the Bambi again, as they are quite short. I also found that with the poor recovery my fabric had, I get a bit of droopy bottom syndrome at the back of the Grace. While the instructions say you can use a non-stretch fabric for this part, I would make sure the fabric isn't prone to stretching out, and has enough drape to contour to your body in this region.
The set came together easily. Another great pattern from Ohhh Lulu! As usual, I used gold rings and sliders on the bra straps, as I order them in bulk from sewingcraftnotions on Etsy. I think the gold hardware really elevates the look, and it goes with everything, no need to hunt for matching rings and sliders or to dye them! I bought around 100 of each and intend to use them for the rest of my bra-making days.
Now I can feel like a super sneaky matchy-matcher by wearing my Late Bloomer Dress with this set! Hehehe.... I wish I had matching underwear sets for ALL of my outfits!


  1. Super cute set! I am built like you (but with a shorter torso) and when I tried making the Grace undies, they kept riding up because of my shelf-butt. Do you also find that to be an issue with some of your other pairs? If I remember correctly, the instructions do not call for elastic around the leg openings - do you add elastic or sew them according to the instructions? I haven't done enough lingerie sewing to have worked all of this out through trial-and-error, so I figured I'd ask someone who has a lot more experience.

    And good call on the gold findings as a universal color choice - definitely more classy than standard black, white, or clear. ;)

    1. Hi DatPixieGirl!

      You are right - I did actually use elastic in the leg openings, I forgot to mention that in the post! I would try it with the elastic and see how you go :)

      The only pair I have had a problem with riding up is the Lola by Ohhh Lulu (unblogged), which did not have elastic around the leg opening, but I think that was also partly a fabric choice issue (I used a lace with not enough stretch I think).