Pretty in Pinks Panties and The Bra-A-Week Challenge

A pretty new bra deserves some matching panties. I went back to my TNT panty pattern, Kwik Sew 2286, and made a few modifications to the original pattern to make my panties.

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Making these panties with the horizontal lace is really easy. Here’s what I do.

1. Re-draw the front pattern piece because you’re going to cut it up.

2. Lay your lace over the new front pattern piece. My pink lace was packed away, so I used the lace I had out for this photo. Your laces may be different heights, 5″ or 6″ or less even.

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3. Because they can be different heights, do this step for each lace you use. Draw a line where the lace ends. Cut your lace the width of the front pattern.

4. Re-draw the lower front piece now – adding 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Here it is. This is now your new front pattern.

I fold the lace to find the center front, and fold the bottom front material as well. Mark them both with a pin and match them up overlapping by that 1/4″. You can see at the top of my pattern in the photo above, I use a Zigzag stitch to attach them together. It’s not hard at all to hack your favorite panties and made new styles and still get your favorite fit.

I put these new pattern pieces in a new envelope just for themselves, so I can pull them out and re-use them when I want to make that style again, being careful to make sure the lace is the same height.

One last bit from me before we move onto the Bra-A-Week Challenge. Remember my bridge from last week, and how I felt it needed some bling?

Bling on Bridge

I added a few crystals with my Hotfix tool. They may not cover up that little pucker, but they do make the bridge look much prettier. I didn’t stop there though.

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I added a crystal to each strap. Can there ever be too much bling or lace?

Now onto the challenge. We’re on week 28 of the Bra-A-Week Challenge.

Our first submission comes from Andie.

Andie made a beautiful bra she’s called her Sailor Mercury bra.

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Isn’t that lovely? It’s made from teal duoplex, white findings kit, white power net, and white power mesh lining the lace from Bra-Maker’s Supply. The white lace is re-purposed from a nightgown Andie had used for a cosplay project last year.

I love re-purposing things. It’s so creative and it’s also so very pretty.

Andie also embroidered Sailor Mercury’s symbol on the right back strap to really make it her Sailor Mercury bra.

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I love that! I hadn’t thought of using embroidery stitches on my bra to make it even more unique. What a great idea, Andie!

You can read more about Andie Sailor Mercury bra on her blog: Sew Pretty In Pink.

Our next submission comes from Erin.

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This is a full band bra, full coverage with extra long wires. It has horizontal seaming, with a split lower cup. Erin made it using a lightweight stable knit,  power net for the back band and 15 denier to line the bridge for stability.
Erin, that looks like such a fabulous fit and it looks so soft and comfortable.
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 I love the bow. You can read more about Erin’s bra on her blog: The Sewing and Life Adventures of Emerald Erin.
Our next submission is from David. Here David made a foam cup bra.
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 Wow. That is really beautiful. It definitely has the Va-Va-Voom factor.
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It’s so beautiful. David is a freelance lingerie designer.
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 What wonderful submissions this week! If you haven’t looked at the Pinterest board for the Bra-A-Week Challenge, you can see many of the past weeks’ submissions all at once and get lots of inspiration.

Happy creating!

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4 thoughts on “Pretty in Pinks Panties and The Bra-A-Week Challenge

  1. I love matching sets, and yours is so pretty, Michelle! I like the way of how a simple pattern can be manipulated to obtain endless variations. And I agree with you: there’s never too much lace in a bra! 😉
    And, about this week submissions, I absolutely love Andie’s bra! I was a huge Sailor Moon fan as a kid, so it brings me lots of memories 🙂 And the embroidery detail is so cute!!
    I really like Erin’s bra too, it’s pretty as always! The colour looks amazing and the fit is so perfect. And David has also done a good job: all these straps are stunning!

    1. Thanks Sofia! I really love having matching sets too – those are the sets I’m pulling out of the lingerie drawer every morning. Aren’t the submissions this week great? The challenge is really a wonderfully inspiring weekly event. I look forward each week to see what beautiful makes are in it.

  2. Oh WOW Michelle, such a pretty set! Loving your pink lace :D.

    Erin’s red bra is beautiful — the shape of the cup is so perfect and the red is luscious. Erin, I had no idea that red didn’t show through sheer tops, thanks for the tip :D!

    Swooning over Andie’s and David’s makes this week too, well done both of you!

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