I love vintage (or is it antique at this point?) lingerie. 1920s, 30s…40s, each decade gave us beautiful lingerie. Creamy pastels, lace trimming, appliques, and delicate draping fabric in silk, rayon, and cotton. The most basic of these garments (brassiere and panties), don’t differ vastly from what we wear today. Maybe the bras didn’t have underwires, and the bottoms are closer to shorts, but their function was still the same. The problem when you’re a lover of vintage lingerie is acquiring such pieces. At this point, many of the pieces that still exist are delicate and fragile, not to mentioned expensive, if you can even find them. And if you’re slightly bigger in the breasts or hips? Forget about it. So what’s a girl to do? Sew your own! For this project I chose to sew a 1930s lingerie set from Simplicity pattern 8510.
1 Simplicity 8510 pattern
lace trim (I used some vintage lace I purchased from Etsy)
hook and eye closures
fabric (I used silk-cotton voile)
Nothing too crazy for the seasoned seamstress. The bra features an interesting middle cinching in the front that accommodates lots of cup sizes (yes!). I would advise caution if, like me, you have a smaller rib cage because the bust measurement is taken at your widest. No underbust measurement is asked for. Quite the problem if your bust is large but your rib cage small. Adjustments were needed.
These are pretty basic. If you can sew shorts you can sew these. The main problem I ran into was that the front and back rises are short. If you have a full bottom (not just wide hips, because they are different!), add some wearing ease. If I made these again I would also cut my own button placket pieces instead of the pattern pieces given. For some reason they came up short.
Did you read my last post about my nighttime skincare routine? You can here!