not undies at all, to be honest. bikini top! it's pretty easy, hopefully the pictures are demonstrative enough.
the straps are a bitch to turn inside out, but worth it (and arguably necessary). for another bikini top i made i sewed elastic onto the top and bottom of the lining, just to make it stay a little more. i also thought about interfacing the lining, which i think would make it a bit more sturdy (which it probably needs; it is a garment most suited for sitting by a pool and not moving very much)
this saturday night is undies party; underwear is to be used as a form of self-expression. so in preparation of this and pre-emption of summer i am making some (possibly slightly gaga-style) briefs that shall, come warmer weather, morph into my new bikini.
they're super easy- all you need is half a metre of lycra/other stretchy fabric; the same of lining; a sewing machine; a leotard that fits you.
i'm not going to lie, this wasn't my idea. i copied it from the ensemble project, which i think in turn was inspired by an anthropologie piece. it was super simple, just a brooch from savers and some stiff cord from spotlight (it holds itself, no treatment needed).
but i have been having super cape jealousy, especially now it is the winter months and wearing something that resembles a blanket is really attractive. after a few weeks of trawling on ebay, i found a super butterick historical cape pattern (i don't know if you can actually buy it, i couldn't find it on the butterick site). cue visit to the fantastic fabric shop in fitzroy, and the purchase of a whole lot of velvet.
it took about a week to make, maybe a little longer. the pattern was useful, but i honestly think you could do it without- it's a fairly simple shape, if you think about how full and long you want it to be.
then i saw a girl with a powder blue wool cape with a fur trim. the cape envy just goes round in circles.
these stockings by lucette, from the rosemount australian fashion week, blew me away. you'd think that bejewelled footless tights would be gaudy, yet they manage to be sophisticated while still making me go, 'GLITTER!'
next task: to replicate them.
basically i went to spotlight and bought a whole load of discount sparkly things, then spent a good three hours sewing them onto little patches. note- if you do this, it's a really clever idea to hem the patches first, otherwise you will have fraying edges all over your sophistication.
i then sewed the patches onto a pair of black stockings. second note- i sewed the patches on while i was wearing the stockings, which resulted in attractive squares of pinpricks on my knees, so don't do it before an important event.
third note- not suitable for dancing, walking up stairs, crossing legs, close proximity to other objects, breathing.