Completed: Yellow Lace Marlborough Bra

5 Jul

Still playing catch-up with old makes here!

Yellow Lace Marlborough bra

This bra was finished over a month ago, just before my family took our annual family vacation (we went to Charlestown instead of Florida this year! It was awesome, even if it did rain the entire weekend we were there, ha). I am one of those people who feels the NEED to have all-new clothes right before they leave for at trip (I’m not sure when that shifted for me – traditionally, I’ve always embraced vacations as the excuse to wear all your favorite outfits and feel smug that no one has ever seen them before so it’s kind of like they’re still new – if that makes sense!), and I try not to give into the temptation unless it’s something that truly fills a gap in my wardrobe. Considering the majority of what I wear in the summer tends to be either white or straight-up see-through, light-colored underwear – especially bras – is actually a fillable gap.

In the past, I’ve focused on off-whites and nudes – which, personally, I think are ugly and therefore really boring to sew (maybe your nudes are pretty, but the kind of nude that looks nude on me is just… meh. It’s like the same color they paint the walls of rentals because it’s so ~neutral~. Seriously, I literally repainted a rental once that was the exact same color as my skin. My ex-landlord even complimented it hahahahaha). However, someone pointed out to me once in the comments that lighter, pastel colors also work just as well, at least with my skin tone. I’m not a pastel sorta girl either – give me all the jewel tones! – but this feels like a happy compromise to me. And I can’t deny that the pale yellow lace is super pretty!

Yellow Lace Marlborough bra

Yellow Lace Marlborough bra

Once again, the pattern used here is the Marlborough Bra from Orange Lingerie. I’ve made this pattern to death – at this point, it’s more than paid for itself with how many renditions I’ve made. I love the way it fits my body, I love how comfortable it is (mostly because it fits right, haha) and I love how it looks, especially when sewn up in lace and has all those awesome scalloped edges.

I’ve mentioned this before, but this fabric combo is a winning Marlborough combo for me – stable fabric backed with sheer cup lining (except at the top lace edge, which is unlined). The top cup is stabilized with strips of Powermesh selvedge (rather than clear elastic – I just think it looks and feels better), and I like the narrower strap and band elastics with a 3 row hook and eye. My perfect bra!

I tried to mix this one up a little by converting the bridge to have more of an arch, using this tutorial from Emerald Erin. If you’re looking really hard and not seeing an arch – ummmm I don’t see it either! Apparently my angle was too subtle 😉 There’s even a painstakingly-matched seam up the middle of the bridge to accommodate my VERY NON-ARCH, all for naught, y’all. Whatever. It still looks pretty haha.

Yellow Lace Marlborough bra

The fabric & all accompanying notions came from my favorite bra supply source, Tailor Made Shop! (this particular kit is currently sold out, but here is a similar one. Also, can we talk about how AMAZING this stretch charmeuse one is? Yeah, like I need another wild bra to add to my drawers haha). Ying actually came down to Nashville a few months ago, where we met up for hot chicken & beers, and she brought me this kit as a present. I’m only just now getting around to making it up, but I feel like it was worth the wait 😉

The kit includes everything you need to make an underwired bra – except the pattern and the underwires (I get my underwires from Bra Maker’s Supply – they fit my body shape well and I also have a huge stash I’m working my way through haha). It even includes enough sheer cup lining to line the entire bra, should you choose to do so. My favorite part about these kits is how the elastics match but aren’t all the same. There are both white and pale yellow elastics – matched up with the pale yellow lace and white mesh, and those little gold sliders on the straps… it all just goes together so well! I collect lingerie supplies like they are going to eventually stop producing them and my stash is currently enormous, but my matching and coordinating skills can’t compete with these kits!

Yellow Lace Marlborough bra

I should mention, the one part of the bra that didn’t come in the kit is the little turquoise bow. I added that myself, from a piece of ribbon in my stash 🙂 It’s unexpected against all that white and pale yellow – I love it!

Yellow Lace Marlborough bra

Yellow Lace Marlborough bra

Yellow Lace Marlborough bra

The good news about me taking so long to post this is that I can really comment on it’s comfort and durability! The bra has held up through multiple wears and washings (I hand wash my lingerie in the sink and lay it flat to dry – just FYI!), and it’s kept me supported and feeling beeee-you-ti-ful all the while!

Yellow Lace Marlborough bra

That’s all for this one! Just looking at these photos makes me want to make another bra, ahh! 😀

24 Responses to “Completed: Yellow Lace Marlborough Bra”

  1. Jennilee July 5, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    I do the “sew a new wardrobe for vacation” as well! lol I usually have a theme, one year was just general ‘retro’, the next was 1950s, the next 1960s, etc. This year was supposed to be a fall vacation and I bought all these super cute 1970s fall patterns, but now we’re going in August. So I decided to make some things that I just WANTED to make, and pack my favorites without worrying too much about it.

    But a new vacation wardrobe is so much more fun.

    • LLADYBIRD July 6, 2016 at 7:16 am #

      Oh, I like the idea of having a theme! That would make packing a lot more fun 😀

  2. Sewing for Cat People July 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

    I am so envious of this bra as well as the others you’ve sewn. I’ve had major difficulties sewing bras, but I’m powering though.

    Completely off topic, you guys in the US have such choice when it comes to lingerie supplies, there a little hard to get in Europe!

    • LLADYBIRD July 6, 2016 at 7:17 am #

      If it makes you feel any better, I’ve had to source a lot of my supplies from Canada. It’s not as expensive as shipping from US to Europe, but it’s still pricier than buying domestically 🙂

  3. Orange Lingerie July 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

    Another GORGEOUS Marlborough! Love it!

  4. Lodi Srygley July 5, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    My “Yay, comments” comment is “Yay”! I’m thinking of dipping my toes in! So pertty…

    • LLADYBIRD July 6, 2016 at 7:19 am #

      Yay! You should definitely take a dip 😉

  5. vintage51 July 5, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    Truly beautiful bra!! Fantastic job! Cheers, Michele

  6. needleworkreverie July 5, 2016 at 10:18 pm #

    I find that ballet pink or a pale peach work well as light pretty colors that don’t show through for me. I feel a bit precious with all my pretty pink underwear, but the little girl inside is pleased. I also love pastel nightgowns with lace trim and pin tucks it makes me feel like a pretty lady when so much of my days are not.

    • LLADYBIRD July 6, 2016 at 7:20 am #

      I haven’t been a pale pink/peach kind of girl in a loooong time, but you’re definitely right about those being good colors to prevent show-through. I guess it might be a fun surprise to dress one way and have super precious/girly underwear underneath, haha 🙂

  7. Pootle and Make July 6, 2016 at 4:59 am #

    Gorgeous colour, I love that pale lemon yellow. Your bra making skills are so impressive.

  8. Rachel Lang July 6, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    Arggh it’s so pretty! I really need to make more bras! I made one, loved it, was pleased about how easy it was, and then promptly never made any more. I keep giving outer wear garments priority over under wear garments. 😛

    • LLADYBIRD July 10, 2016 at 11:39 am #

      Haha I understand that! I seem to sew bras in batches – I’ll do a few at once, and then put it off for another month or so. It’s hard to get into the groove once you’ve been out of it, but getting back into it can suddenly make for an addicting surge of inspiration.

  9. Ciara July 7, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    The turquoise bow really puts this one over the top. One of my favorite things about bramaking is mixing together colors or even prints that would be nearly impossible to find in RTW. I also find myself wanting to use colors for bras that I would never, ever wear in actual garments. Right now I am plotting an orange bra with white & yellow accents (I HATE orange, so this is confusing) & a gold & pink one (I also hate gold). ???

    • LLADYBIRD July 10, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      Yeah, I agree with you on both points! I can never find pretty colors/prints in my size in RTW, so this definitely scratches that itch for me. And while I LOVE yellows, they don’t look that great with my skin tone so I steer away from them in normal clothing. Also not a fan of wearing purple/pink, but I do like those colors for lingerie. Both of your upcoming bras sound like they are gonna be awesome!

  10. Michelle July 7, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

    Gorgeous bra! I LOVE the pale yellow. So very pretty.

  11. Jennifer July 9, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    So is your lace a non-stretch lace? I have such a hard time finding anything but stretch lace! Or is it stretch lace and you manage to make it work anyway? I’ve stuck to foam bras so far because I just can’t find a cup fabric that seems stable enough.

    You’re right about Tailor Made Shop’s color combining. I have a kit from her and I thought the same thing about it – different elastics that I never would have paired, but I love the combinations!

    • LLADYBIRD July 10, 2016 at 11:38 am #

      Nope, it’s a stretch lace 🙂 Using a sheer cup lining on all the pieces (except the upper cup, which needs to stay stretchy to fit right) stabilizes them enough to make this pattern work with practically *any* fabric. Kind of the same concept as using foam to stabilize an otherwise tricky fabric, like lace or silk.

  12. Natasha Estrada July 21, 2016 at 2:16 am #

    I wrote about another way to convert a full band pattern to a lace edge that has worked out really well for me. I think you might like it. It makes it super easy to get the lace to look like it wraps around the cup.


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