I know I’m rather new to the whole sewing/fabric world, but lately I’ve been very disheartened by things I’ve witnessed in social media groups catered to sewing and custom fabrics. Bullying amongst grown women, name calling, complaining, and just SO MUCH NEGATIVITY! Sheer craziness. Meanwhile, I’m over here shaking my head wondering how sewing and fabric have become such life and death topics for some people. I stay away. I avoid commenting. I have left several groups because it stresses me out. I love a pretty fabric and all, but at the end of the day it’s.just.fabric…. Where’s the perspective???
I need to think about something happy. Like babies and puppies and warm sunny days. Okay, I’m better now.
That being said, there are SO many blogs out there dedicated to sewing and patterns and so forth that are the complete opposite. Supportive. Uplifting. Inspiring. I think I’ll stick to those. I really enjoy seeing what other people are creating and using it to inspire me to learn more and improve my “craft.” Try new challenges.
Like a bra… Maybe not the most exciting thing, huh?
I haven’t really sewn much for myself, especially right now since I am not going to be pregnant much longer. I don’t want to sew something that I won’t need/wear in a month or less, yet I don’t really know what size to make until I’m back to my baseline weight/size (whatever that baseline will be after 3 kiddos). I saw a pattern for a bra that is nursing friendly, yet can also be used as a lightly supportive sports bra so I thought it would be a good thing to attempt.
The best part of the Scrapulous Wrapulous Bra by Don’t Sew Angry was that I made it entirely from scraps I had on hand. These scraps were from the polka dot play dresses I made for my daughters and are a cotton/spandex blend from Girl Charlee. Soft, comfortable, and just what you want in a nursing/sports bra. I truly did piece some of the scraps together so there are some seams in nontraditional places, but it personally doesn’t bother me on this particular sewing project. I wasn’t going for beauty here, just to be clear.
I’m not going to lie. I could have done a better job on the fit, but I was not being very patient with this project. Which is silly, since it’s a fairly quick sew. But I HATE trying on clothes when I’m in the middle of a task. Really hate it. Like I’d rather buy an article of clothing, find out it doesn’t fit at home later, and take it back at a later time, than spend time trying things on. I know it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense but the struggle is real! 😉
I can see this being an issue for any future sewing projects for myself as I understand sewing clothing for women is different than children and often requires more fittings to ensure proper fit. I will try to remind myself to work on those projects when I have more time/patience/sleep. Don’t ask me when THAT will be!
Anyway, with this particular pattern, it does indicate several points of remeasuring and/or making adjustments for a better fit so I really can’t blame the pattern itself. Also, the bra I made myself fits fine, it’s simply not perfect in the sense that I could have easily adjusted it to be slightly more supportive. It will still be worn/used and functional. I think it will be particularly useful at night since it’s very soft and comfy.