Pastel leather lingerie setNov 15, 2020
I'm so excited to share this new set with you! A pastel leather 3-piece lingerie set that comes straight out of a Disney-princess' closet. A princess that loves leather bra's and garter-belts.
It started with this leather skirt. I kept it in my stash with the intention to one day do something with it. Of course I always put that off, until Bernina asked me to make something with an old piece of clothing for their latest campaign. And what better could I make with it than leather lingerie!
The designing process started with gathering al my pastel blue lingerie sewing stuff. Then I looked for matching colors. I came up with a light blue - camel combination. The star mesh on top of that gives it this dreamy fairy tale vibe.
Making the panties
To make the panties I used the Blossom knickers pattern from Sew Projects. They are made out of stretch mesh (the star print), a pastel blue cotton for the crotch lining, power mesh to double the front piece (I don't like it very see-through in front) and blue picot-elastic. For the sides you need bra strap elastic, 4 rings and 2 sliders.
They sew up very fast and were a perfect fit from the first try! I used my measurements and size guide to find the right size. The side-straps are adjustable so it's easier to achieve a good fit.
Making the garter-belt
To make the garter-belt of this leather lingerie set I used a pattern from my lingerie sewing teacher. Unfortunately this is not available for sale, but if you google you will find other great options!
I used the pastel blue leather in the front panels and for the closure in the back. I also used star printed stretch mesh, blue picot-elastic, copper foldover elastic, a piece of underwire casing, copper bra strap elastic, 4 sliders and 4 velvets. For the closure in the back I used 4 eyelets and a small ribbon.
A garter-belt sews up pretty fast. I had to switch needles and threads all the time because of the leather and mesh and using 2 different colors elastic, and that slowed me down a lot. It's a lot easier and quicker to sew your lingerie in 1 color.
To work with the leather I only had to use a leather needle, a walking foot and set the adjustments of my sewing machine to 'leather'. If you don't have this on your machine, use a stitch length of 3 mm and elevate the tension (I had 5.5). Make sure to not use needles to pin your pieces because the holes stay visible!making the back closureusing casing to cover the seamuse wonderclips instead of needles
I don't wear garter-belts but for this set I really wanted to make one and I'm so happy with the result.
Making the leather bra
You can read how I made the bra and how I worked with leather here on the Bernina blog (it's in dutch, but I used a lot of pictures).
Voila, now you've seen the complete pastel lingerie set. I hope this blog post will encourage you to try sewing/making something outside your comfort zone because you never know it might actually work out fantastic!
PS: Are you looking for patterns to sew your own lingerie but don't know where to start? I've put all the commercial/indie patterns I used with the links on this handy page.
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