I think I have found my calling – lingerie. Oh shall I say lawn-jur-ey?
One of the projects within my project was to make a bra and panty (yep, I still hate that word). Working in the technical design department for knits, intimates, and sweaters, I handled a lot of elastics, chainstitches, zigzag stitches, stretchy fabrics, and straps encased with mobilon. I could tell you how any type of bra or panty was made, like I did here, yet my experience in sewing these types of garments was limited. For the six years of my sewing career/hobby, woven tops, dresses, and jackets have been my thang. I could make one hell of a dress – full of cowls, ruffles, flounces, and shirring – but when it came to any type of knitted or stretchy garment, I definitely struggled. But, about six months after working in the department, I grew a liking to the product. The antique, feminine, and dainty touches of loungewear, sleepwear, and lingerie got to me, a girl who at the time wore lots of black, and after two and a half years of working on the product, I finally decided to make one.
And I loved it! Like Gertie said here, sewing lingerie is the perfect project within a project. Sometimes, a part of a project needs a good six hours of straight sewing to complete – it can’t be done in thirty minute intervals. What to do until then? Well… make a pair of panties (maybe if I write the word over and over again, I’ll eventually begin to not hate it). Sewing lingerie is also great because preparation – pattern alterations, cutting fabrics, cutting trimmings, buying supplies – can be done during the week so that on the weekend, the entire project can be sewn. Lastly, the fabrics lingerie are made of are such a dream to look at while sewing.