Sometimes, to move forward, you must reflect on the past. In the case of learning how to sew lingerie, these words have been very true. In addition to Beverly and Norma’s bra making manuals, which have helped me to become better at making undies + underthings, vintage lingerie books have also been handy resources. I bought this gem, Sew Lovely by Laverne Devereaux, on Ebay for roughly $5 and when I first read it, I amazed at how much bra making has changed and has not changed. I guess, in general, the industry as a whole is just in a different place now. There were lots of learning points in the 50 page book, but here are the pieces information I held onto the most (highlighted in pink on the image).
There are two ways to increase the stretch of a stretch stitch – widen the stitch width or shorten the stitch length. That was my affirmation for a long time.
Did you know that when stretching power net, the holes will close in the direction of greater stretch and will open in the direction of less stretch? Neat!
I didn’t know what the heck antron was for a long time. The book says it’s “a soft girdle fabric with the larger content being Antron tricot and a small amount of Spandex added for control. This is used in both girdles and bras for the soft, natural look. Usually one size stretches to fit all of the average sizes.” When I purchased Beverly’s manual later, I then learned that it was a fabric that was used decades ago the same way we use tricot today.