I’m kicking off 2016 with the sexiest set I have ever made. Ow ow! Maybe it’s because the temperature is averaging 20 degrees right now and I need some excitement to help a bad case of the January blues. Or maybe it’s because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I’m in a romantic mood. Whether single, in a relationship, or in one of those “it’s complicated” situations, some gals hate the holiday. Think it was made up by Hallmark. Not me. I love seeing pink, red, chocolate and jelly beans everywhere. Give me more! Whatever you’re current status might be, celebrate February 14. Get your hair done, get your nails did. Me? I made myself some lingerie. Garter belt included. Because why not? YOLO!
FABRIC + TRIMS
No new vendors, all trims and fabric came from my favorite stores:
White, galloon lace from Bra Makers Supply
White jersey knit (for front bodice and crotch) from Fleishman Fabrics
Light pink picot/plush elastic from Arte Crafts
Strap elastic, rings + sliders, garter belt clips/hooks and hook + eye closures from Arte Crafts
PATTERN + CONSTRUCTION
I used two TNT patterns – Nina/Noelle/Nicole for the bra (changed the back design) and a basic underwear block. The point of making the bra and the panty was to experiment with different ways to use scallop edges. The back of the bra fits, and there were no issues with sewing, but it’s just eh. I’m not the biggest fan and probably won’t do it again. The back of the undies, however, I like! My only callout is that the width of the lace is too narrow. It looks okay in photos, but IRL, major wedgie. Like whoah. I didn’t use elastic for the top of the panty on the front, but did on the back. The back has one continuous strip of elastic that extends from side seam to side seam. It works, but next time, I may add elastic to the front as well.
All construction was the same/standard. The only new technique I used was piecing lace together for the bodice. I will share how I did that in a post later this week, so check back then!
So let’s talk garter belts. A do or a don’t? Do you wear them or not? Are they for forplay only or can they be worn for functional purposes? Growing up in Florida, I never wore tights or panty hose. Now, I work for a large retailer, but the attire is not corporate whatsoever. When it gets cold, I wear pants every day. So basically, I have rarely worn tights, which means I have never worn a garter belt. I’m embarrassed to even admit that I didn’t know how to wear one. What are those clips for? There’s a lot to consider when purchasing or buying a garter belt, which I pulled from The Lingerie Addict:
- Number of tabs/clips should be between 4-8. Four is used mostly for show and 6-8 are used for more functional garter belts. Tabs/clips at the side of the garter help a lot with keeping stockings up.
- Plastic tabs/clips will probably break or slip during wear. Choose metal if you’re looking for a functional piece.
- Adjusters on tabs are a must unless you’re the lucky one who is the model/sample size.
- A wider panel will provide more support.
Garter belts are super easy to draft. I drafted this one by using my waist and hip measurement, dividing it into 4 pieces and then determining the height of the garter/points. Sewing a was just as easy. I serged the panels together, sewed elastic at the waist, and then added strap elastic, tabs/clips and hook and eye. For those of you who don’t want to draft a garter, Raisa just released a free garter belt PDF pattern.
And just for fun and some eye candy, below are my favorite garter belts around the web. Dontcha just LOVE the Mimi Holiday one with stars?