Monday, 11 May 2015

Burgundy Red with Black Lace Lingerie Set

Padded bra, garter belt and pull on oppen bottom girdle. I made this items for myself and that's me modeling with not so perfect body parts carefully hidden behind satin robe.

Can you imagine this same items in green-black combination? Color is called "bottle green"
Something like that but with lace added.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


My first one, desired a long long time. The pattern is from Burda Magazine 10/2015 in Plus size so I had to reduce pattern one size down.

I realized how actually awkward wearing the cape is.
It's ok if you wear it unbuttoned as I did on the photos, but if it's cold and you would like to  wear it buttoned up then the problems begin. Where to with the bag? Under the cape?...than you have an ugly bulge. Yes, cape has front openings but it's only practical for opening the doors and similar. Basically, it is alright while holding hands bent at the elbows and just your hands popping out, but believe me it's impossible to straiten your arms through the openings when your cape is buttoned up.

So ...  if you plan to sew or buy a cape, consider whether you want a front or side openings. I would definitely recommend side openings.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Little Black Wrap Dress

Every woman needs a black dress in her wardrobe and I didn't have any. Well I actually have one but it is a slip dress for high summer temperatures.
I was looking for some ready pattern from Burda but couldn't find any which would satisfy. At the end I took basic fitted bodice pattern and A-line skirt and made that dress.

T-Strap shoes from Miss KG
Woody Ellen Retro handbag is a Christmas present from my husband
Brooch is vintage from Ebay

Monday, 23 February 2015

A little bit of Sixties - Brown Dress

Just for the record... I have not given up on garmen sewing. Not yet. Unfortunately I don't have enough time for sewing for others but I have to find time for sewing my own clothes because most of the time I can't really find what I want to wear. And I am not interested in cheap, poorly sewn clothes.

The dress is wide, comfortable, with side seam pockets and somehow romantic. I used the same dress pattern last summer for burgundy red silk dress and I really liked it. 

This time, for winter version, I choose brown fishbone tweed fabric. Dress is fully lined.

Yes, I have to cut out damaged perm curls and I swore that I will never put a perm again because perm must be completely cut every two years otherwise it looks like a crow's nest. I'll try to let grow my hair to something like this for a start.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Bra Fitting

Recently I received a custom work request: "Hello, I have been looking far and wide for someone to make me custom lingerie. I am an odd bra size and its hard for me to find lingerie that fits good. Im a 38 F"
According to her measures I made a bra in size 38B.
Her review was: I got the lingerie and I love it! After that she requested another lingerie set.
This is why I ask for measures. I could sew her bra in size 38F which would not be good at all.

The same thing happened with my friend Karen. First time I made a bra for her she told me that she wears size 32F. I didn't have original pattern in that size and I told her to measure herself so I can work on custom pattern. According to her measures I made a bra (and many bras after) in size 34D which was perfect. 
After that she tried some bras in the shop (again) and size 34D was not correct. 


I make bras with measurements taken from
It says:
" -You'll need to calculate your bra-band size and your cup size by measuring around the rib cage and full bust, wearing your best-fitting bra. (Large-busted women especially need support for accurate measurements.)
Using a full-length mirror, measure around the rib cage, making sure the tape is level around the body and pulling it snug. To this measurement, add either 4 or 5 in. to get an even number. Example: if the snug rib cage is 29 in., add 5 for a total of 34 in. This is the bra-band size.

Next, measure the bust around the fullest part, again keeping the tape level, but this time don't pull it snug. To determine the cup size, subtract the bra-band size from the full-bust measurement. The difference, in inches, tells you the cup size: 1 in. for A, 2 for B, 3 for C, 4 for D, 5 for DD (or E), 6 for DDD (or F), and 7 in. for FF. For example, if your bra band is 36 in. and the full bust 38 in., the cup size is B; you'll make a size 36B."

This calculation has so far worked perfectly with any of the bra patterns I used.

I would really like to know why ready made bras from the different shops are not subject to this calculation? Lives of women around the world would certainly be a lot easier.