Some lingerie, I sewed over the last moth. It looks like vintage items, but actually I used some modern sewing Patterns and combined vintage and new fabrics with antique ribbons and appliques. I wanted modern convenience, but a high quality in material and also a vintage look.
To make the long drawers, I used a white cotton-lace, primarily ment for a wedding gown. Instead of silk-satin, a fabric that´s really beautiful, but expensive and intricate to wash, I use cotton-satin. You can find some good qualitys in the web and it´s cheaper and also much more expanded in size per yard.
There are good shops in Germany, where you can get some high-quality fabrics for lingerie: www.naturstoff.de oder www.florence.de. Naturstoff provides you with some Eco-and GOTS-certified-fabrics.
But my favourite fabrics are vintage or second-hand, such you can still find in good amounts on flee-markets, in second-hand-stores or social departments.
Nice patterns for modern and vintage lingerie are available in sewing-stores or in the web: Burda, McCalls, Butterick, Etsy, www.neheleniapatterns.com or the German lingerie-specialist www.sewy.de….
But good books don´t grow on every tree. Most of them don´t include comfortable patterns. You have to increase, convert or print it on a plotter….(If you have one…..)
Rather circumstantial and time-consuming.
Therefore, I´m glad I found this in 2014 published book “”The secrets of sewing lingerie” by Katherine Sheers und Laura Stanford.
Real patterns are included! You can find classic and modern patterns for knickers, pantys, thongs, a tap pant,slips, suspenders, garters and a slumber eye mask.
Apart from that, there are some patterns for bras, a thing most of the other books and even pattern-providers avoid. Sizes go from xs to xxl, so “big girls” can share the fun!
I made some tests and it works! The instructions give you some alternatives in closures and you learn, how to work with non-stretchable fabrics like cotton-satin or batiste. The authors use also some antique ribbon and lace.
By the way….did I tell you, the pictures in this book are marvelous and the items classy?