Meanwhile, I sewed a bunch of undies a while back when I decided it was time to get a better fit. I had sewed up Madalynne's Noelle, after seeing other people make it up, and I didn't like how it fit me, which set me on a path to getting a fuller brief to fit. I ended up preferring a Sew Easy pattern, published in Australia in 1987, that I picked up in an op shop. Then I decided that I don't like full briefs and cut them down to midi size. At the same time, I tested the Watson brief in a few other sizes than then one I had been using. I paired my lounging bras with some of these tester undies.
The first set is a Watson bra and brief, made up in a soft knit fabric. The briefs are a size too big, but still wearable. The straps are a grey strip. I tried dipping them in a blue dye, but the dye didn't take. I don't mind the grey with the blue. I dyed the hook & eye and knicker / bra edge elastic to match.
The second set is the Noelle brief, cut down in height, and hack of Jalie 3671. The fabric is a very soft and stretchy lingerie lycra. It is so stretchy that I had to take in the Jalie pattern by inches (and usually I size up for Jalie). I dyed the bra elastic months after I made the knickers and am really annoyed that I couldn't get a good match. I have been having trouble dyeing my last few times, getting the dyes to take, especially if I mix dyes. Sometimes only one colour will take and the other will stay in solution. I don't know why. Perhaps because the dyes are older now and going off? Or maybe because I bought a new kettle and now am boiling my water in a metal kettle rather than a plastic one? I'll have to go back to the old kettle for dyeing and see.
The third set is the Sew Easy pattern and a bra pattern of my own draft. Again, it is made up in a soft, stretchy lingerie lycra. I dyed both the lace and the notions. I adapted my demi cup bra pattern for the stretchy fabric and as a partial band bra, but I didn't realise how much the fabric stretched out as I sewed the wire channeling in, and the channel ended up quite a bit longer than my wires. Being a partial band bra and not a full band bra means that i didn't have a stable base to sew the cups into. The stretching problem was one of those things that are obvious in hindsight! Tricky. I really like this bra though, so I will have to come up with a way to sew it so it works. This set looks pretty on, and is my favourite of the three.
Wardrobe needs met...lucky I can sew, hey?