Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Simplicity 8510: The 'Bed of Roses' Lingerie Set

This pattern is a game changer in so many ways-- I can make my own vintage lingerie! YIPPPEEEE!!!  Enter Simplicity 8510, a reissued 1930s lingerie pattern for a bra and french knickers. I just adore the pattern illustration, so decided to give this pattern a go and I am very pleased with how my first me-made vintage lingerie set turned out!

The 1930s bras don't have any underwires--but they are still super comfy.  The pattern itself was very easy to put together. I opted for view B which has the v-shaped shape on the front and the back of the knickers.  I made this from a synthetic dress fabric that is similar to the weight of satin but without the shine.  The bra and facings came together very well except for one thing--the ruching in the centre front! That baby will not go under a sewing foot--that was so difficult to gather through two layers of this fabric! I ended up having to do it by hand with a very sturdy needle (this is where the thimbles actually do come in handy!!!)

This pattern included my other least favourite sewing task--making small straps by turning fabric inside out! That's always a measure of my sheer determination! haha.  But boy, oh boy, I do get a very satisfied feeling when I finally get them turned all the way out!

I'm really so excited at the prospect of making more lingerie from vintage patterns--the possibilities are endless (for example, I really want to make some tartan lingerie)!  And aren't these photos amazing? I worked with Tigz Rice to capture these shots and we found the most amazing flower wall--with the flowers matching almost exactly to the colour of the fabric!  I feel like a proper pinup :) 

What about you? Have you ever tackled sewing lingerie?

Photography: Tigz Rice
MUAH: @misshoneybare



  1. I am wondering what fabrics would have been sewn to make these garments in the 1930s. More specifically, what fibers. Silk was always pricey and during the Great Depression, way out of the availability range of most people. Too early yet for nylon. This leaves rayon, the first synthetic. The pattern is a reproduction rather than an original, so recommended fabrics are those available for purchase now.

    1. On other patterns of the era, they suggest: silk crepe, satin, heavy sheer crepe, handkerchief linen, sheer cotton, batiste (a type of sheer cotton), nainsook, ninon, celanese rayon, dimity, lace, novelty mesh fabrics and bemberg.

  2. I love it! When I make tiny straps I use a piece of cord and insert it in the strap as you sew. Just stitch across the end to secure it prior to sewing... and when finished pull on the cord at the other end, and it will turn itself. Then just cut the cord off.


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