Archive for the ‘lingerie’ category

Sew Your Own Bras!

June 12, 2015

I know we’re all knitters here, but I also know that many of us are bi and tri-craftual and have other nifty crafting skills in our bag of tricks.

If you know how to sew on at least an advanced beginner level and wear a difficult-to-fit bra size, then this review is for you!

Personally, I fit this profile in that I’ve sewn my own clothes since I was  teenager and I wear an odd 34H bra size. Clearly I cannot walk into a Walmart and pick up a few bras.

So I bite the bullet, go to my local specialty lingerie shop and spend between $60 and $80 each for bras that will last at the very most, two years.

Imagine my euphoria when I saw this Craftsy class, “Sewing Bras: Construction and Fit”!

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Instuctor Beverly Johnson is a fount of information who has written three books on bra fitting and construction and a retailer who runs Bra Maker’s Supply in Hamilton, Ontario.

She also has a line of patterns, Pin-Up Girls, which she uses in the class. All materials needed are available from her store (they do sell online) and she also gives alternate resources.

Here is just a sampling of the subjects covered in the class:

-Measuring the body and choosing the correct pattern size.

-Choosing an underwire.

-Which fabrics will and will not work.

-Assembly

-Two info-packed lessons on fitting the bra

-Finally, the fun part, embellishing.

And here is another plus: you don’t need any fancy equipment, not even a serger! All that is needed is a basic sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch.

Take a look below at some of the lovely, well-fitting bras that students have made and go check out this class!

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Lingerie/Outerwear Merger!

June 8, 2015

I’ve never kept my attraction to lingerie a secret. The soft colors, romantic shapes and lacy details have been a never ending source of fascination for me. Imagine my delight at finding Big Name Designers were of a like-mind for Summer 2015.

That said, you might be surprised to find that I believe a little goes a very long way with lingerie-inspired garments intended as street or office wear. There is a fine line between sexy-edgy-classy and inappropriate-desperate-slutty and this season some designers proved that they weren’t quite sure where that line lay.

Here are just two examples that illustrate the range:

In the first two photos below from designer Betsey Johnson, we see how not to work a lingerie-inspired outfit. (Don’t get me wrong, I love Betsey, it’s just that her taste level can get a bit questionable at times..)

Too much skin, too much sheer, too much cheap all in two little outfits. Nothing implied or left to be flirty. ‘Nuff said.

 

Lingerie Inspired do's and dont's

Lingerie Inspired dont’s and do’s

In the second two photos from designer Tracey Reese, we see lingerie-inspired done right. Note the restrained structure of the eyelet details balancing the soft shapes in the first outfit and the weight of the maxi skirt softened with sculpted lace in the second design.

They are pretty, soft, feminine and will not get you arrested in public or get too much of “that kind” of attention.

So when we want to add lingerie inspiration to our wardrobes we are really looking for a hint of a reference to undies rather than a literal interpretation.

Try these ideas for streetwear to imply lingerie style:

-Think of lace more as trim for a top or the hem of a skirt rather than an entire lace dress.

-Choose a color close to the pinky-peach shade of vintage nighties.

-Try a bias-cut maxi skirt similar to a 30’s nightgown and knit a bed jacket-style topper to wear with it.

-Knit a clingy sweater with style lines that suggest an old fashioned corset to wear over jeans or trousers.

It can be a lot of fun adding these touches to your closet, so enjoy looking cool, pretty, and feminine all summer long!

Looking to Knit some Lingerie Style?

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My book, Knitting Lingerie Style, contains projects for everything you’ll need to dress yourself from the skin outward.

From panties to garter belts/stockings to camisoles/sleepwear and even an underwire bra, we’ve got foundations covered.

Then check out patterns for the outer layer – from a party dress to a jacket and skirt as well as a selection of pretty tops.

There are so many lovely projects in this book (33 to be exact-that’s about $1 each!), it will keep any knitter busy for a good long while.

Buy Knitting Lingerie Style for $32.95 and get:

– a personalized, autographed, hardbound copy

-ANY single pattern of your choice from our website!

This offer is good until June 19th, 2015.

Remember to write which pattern you’d like in the message box upon checkout so we can include it in your order!

 

Knit an Underwire Bra! (No, I’m not kidding…)

June 18, 2014

Maybe you think that this comes under the category of just-because-you-can-doesn’t-mean-you-should, but think again.

This is an actual, functional bra with adjustable straps and underwires that give support. It comes in real-life bra sizes from 32A to 38D and even comes with a matching panty with a full-cut back.

When the model in the photo below put the bra on for this photo shoot, she exclaimed, “OMG, this is the nicest bra I’ve ever worn! Great support!”.

Until Sept. 23rd,2014, buy the kit for this set and get the pattern and complete assembly instructions for FREE!

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Styling Guide- Burlesque Beauty

July 19, 2012

I love that Burlesque has re-emerged in popularity (thanks Dita!) and have put together a Styling Guide to celebrate it’s return. Knit up our sexy Trish Corselette and Madeline wrap, then accessorize with items from around the web. (The huge ostrich feather fan is so awesome!!)

Rockin’ Stockin’!

November 16, 2011

There is still plenty of knitting time before Christmas, so to celebrate I’ve designed this elegant wool stocking! Until Nov 20th, get the pattern AND kit (a $20 value) free with any purchase of $75 or more from our site. The 17″ x 6″ stocking is knit on 2 needles from the toe up, embroidered with duplicate stitch, then satin ribbon is woven through the eyelets for a festive touch.

Knitting is sexy; proof positive.

February 5, 2011

How is it that I see lingerie where others see turtlenecks and heavy jackets?

Maybe it has something to do with living in a part of California that rarely allows the wearing of heavy wools and outerwear. Seriously, I didn’t even own a raincoat until just this season.

Sooooo, when designing, my mind turns to more body-conscious ways to use the same old yarn and needles.

Welcome the Kimber Bustier and Panty set.

Wear this sexy set for intimate evenings, or just the bustier under a jacket for an unusual top. Either way, you’re cable ready!

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Won’t You Be Mine, Valentine?

January 31, 2011

My husband is one of the few men I know that looks forward to Valentine’s Day.  The notion of having a special day every year to celebrate being in love puts a spring in his step and a twinkle in his eye for the whole event, whether we do something special or just spend the day being together. He is truly a romantic soul and I’m lucky to have him.

His wonderful attitude inspired this little goodie. I knitted it for me, but you and I both know it’s really for him.

And now you can make it for you and yours, or a friend or daughter. The pattern is available for download right now on my Ravelry shop  and the yarn (which can be a little hard to find) is here.  Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!!!