So, as all of us ladies know, Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly! For a lot of women, that involves a pretty piece of lingerie, rose petals, wine, chocolate covered strawberries, etc.
Most of the time, my husband and I get a cool hotel room, themed or special somehow, and relax for a couple days. This year, however, work has been slow to nonexistent the past few months, so money is not a luxury we have at the moment (as evidenced by my excitement in finding a cheap casserole we eat almost every night lol). So…this year, Valentine’s must be on a budget. I love planning fun surprises for my Love, it’s not really his forte to plan those kinds of things, and I don’t mind being the planner, because he enjoys the surprises so much, it makes it all worth it, just to see his eyes light up. 🙂
So! There will be several posts about Valentine’s on a budget!
This first one, I debated even sharing because of the personal nature, but I was searching high and low for DIY lingerie ideas, and I came up with little to no help, so I decided to put this out there. Now, keep in mind, there were intricate patterns available, with advanced techniques. I am NOT a seamstress. I like to mess around with basic sewing, but even some of the most basic techniques I’m not familiar with, and have to find out or be told what to do/not to do. Lol
So I hope for those of you like me, this is helpful. I was amazed to find that while this took an entire day to make, it was relatively easy, and probably only cost me about $10-15 at the absolute most to make. Maybe even closer to $5-10! At any rate, even $15 is gobs cheaper than $80+ for Victoria’s Secret, and while those are super nice and detailed, the idea is to just have a simple pretty little piece to look nice in for an evening, so I’m happy!
Ok, here goes!
Items I used:
Seam ripper (optional)
Rotary cutter & mat (optional, can use fabric scissors instead)
Iron and ironing board
Approx 1/2-1 yard of material for bottom part, I used a sheer polka dot fabric
Approx. 1/4-1/2 yard satin for cups and straps
Scraps of lining material for cups (I had some already)
Lace (however wide around your rib cage is, I used stretchy lace, but since this ties, you could use plain lace)
I started with the cups, by using a swim suit top and cutting approx. half that size and shape from lining fabric. I cut 4 (2 sets of 2).
Pin together and sew along the curved edge:
I cut an extra piece before sewing to use as a pattern in case it fit, and used that to cut 4 pieces of satin:
Then take the lining cups and satin cups, put right sides together, and sew along all but bottom edge. (Hindsight is 20/20, and after finishing, I know now that I would’ve made straps and sewn them inside at this stage, so they would’ve looked and felt much nicer to wear)
Turn right side out when done and iron:
I was being lazy and just serged everything together, but realized the seams were very loose, so I had to go back and sew everything with a nice tight seam lol.
Serge the bottom of the cups (after they’re right side out again):
Nicely lined cups!
Turn them inside out and press (this was a bit tricky for me lol). The second one you can see isn’t pressed yet:
I sewed these carefully, and had to hand-crank the wheel in the middle to make sure to get that fold nicely sewn:
Then I added the cups:
My afterthought straps lol:
I stitched in two places in the back, since the elastic was pretty thin:
Here is how the bow looks tied:
The finished product:
I love my cute hang-it-up pocket from Thirty-One! It’s perfect for lingerie, I can put matching panties or whatever else I want in it. 🙂 Check it out on http://www.mythirtyone.com/jessbruner (search hang-it-up pocket)
I hope this helps some of you who are sewing-challenged like me, but still want to try some simple projects! 🙂