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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Altering dress/shirt patterns for small chest on: February 24, 2013 02:08:50 PM
I think this tutorial can be very usefull, even if you only use it for the bodice, it's also for a dress with princess seams. I just found out most of the pics on there don't work anymore. You'll draft the pattern to your own size and you can add boning at the seams.
It might be best to make a mock-up out of other fabric first. If you don't want to do that, make the seam allowances bigger so you can make the dress bigger if you have to.
I'm not sure about the lining.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Polka dot corset on: February 24, 2013 04:14:08 AM
It looks really good, especially for your first corset.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: bustier patterns? on: February 22, 2013 09:51:29 AM
If you're up for drafting your own pattern this website has a tutorial on making a bra pattern to your opwn custom size:

I haven't personally used this tutorial but I've read through it and it looks very good. To make the bra into a bustier you would just lengthen the 'cradle' to your desired length.

That certainly looks like a very good tutorial. It's a bit more complicated than the method I used to learn to draft a pattern, but it definitely makes sense.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Free Patterns for Clothing on: February 13, 2013 01:25:35 PM
On http://archive.org there are a lot of magazines and books from the 19th century and early 20th century with instructions for drafting patterns. If you search for "tailoring", "garment cutting" or "dressmaking" there's quite a lot to find.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: January 24, 2013 02:00:22 PM
Did  quick search, can't find the answer. My first, full bust corest, the 2 last bones, keep coming through the fabric!
I have sewed both back in, regular stitch, and zig zag to cover the holes the bone pierced. Does anyone have any idea how I can fix it?
Maybe take a tap of glue and put it on the tip of the bone, and then try and cover the slit with a piece of fabric from the inside?
That's all I can think of.

What kind of boning did you use? The pieces of boning that keep poking out, are those the pieces that go over your bust?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: anybody tried making a bra? on: December 30, 2012 11:43:15 AM
Quite right, I don't speak Dutch!  Wink Although I have been to the Netherlands.

What tips would you recommend? You seem very close to my size.

Well, taking a bra apart for a pattern would work. Although this can be pretty expensive if you do it with a bra in your size. I just found out I put a pattern for a bra in 34L on burdastyle and fortunately for you it runs small.
It would probably need some adjustments, mostly in the band. You may have to make the insert for the cup deeper and less wide. From the armpit to where you put the hooks on you can change the band to look more like it does in higher end brands, pretty much straight from the armpit to where the straps go and then in a quarter circle to where you put the hooks.
If you have a problem with the bra making one breast point in one direction and the other in the other direction, you can change the pattern for the cups to have the tops of the pattern pieces more to the middle (where the middle of the bra would be, when finished). This is more difficult than adjusting the band, but if I remember correctly I already took this into account when drafting the pattern.

I hope this helps.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: anybody tried making a bra? on: December 30, 2012 07:36:05 AM
Did you draft your pattern from scratch?

I have a book that uses a drafting method that is very easy to understand, though the patterns need some adjustments for larger sizes, but I'm quite sure that would be with other drafting methods too. Unfortunately the book is in Dutch and I don't think there's a translated version, so not much help to most people.
Unfortunately it's pretty unlikely your bra will fit at the first try and there's no way to find out until your bra is finished.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: anybody tried making a bra? on: December 29, 2012 05:25:39 PM
Making a bra isn't that difficult, I make my own bras and draft my own patterns and they hold me up (36H).
If you still haven't found anything I can draft a pattern for you.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black lingerie set on: October 15, 2010 07:17:31 AM
You made the bra yourself? Where do you usually buy the supplies, like underwires? I'm thinking of starting that endeavor someday. Smiley
(Looks great by the way!)

There a shop in Amsterdam that is specialised in materials for making lingerie, I buy a lot of my materials there. There are also several webshops that are specialised in materials for lingerie, like Danglez, a Dutch webshop that ships worldwide. I'm also lucky that in the city where I live there's a shop that makes custom lingerie and also offers materials for sale. Still I sometimes just buy a 2 bra and take everything that I can use from it, because that is actually cheaper than buying a pair of underwires, straps and the hooks and eyes closure at the back.
I put some bra patterns on Burdastyle.

Thank you Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black lingerie set on: October 13, 2010 08:24:58 AM
I'm working on lingerie sets for my portofolio. I took pictures of the first set today.

I used a heavy lace fabric for this set.
I drafted the bra pattern myself. The panties are view B from Merckwaerdigh JST6.

c&c welcome Smiley
Thanks for looking.
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