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Create Your Own Lingerie - Bikini Brief

Valeria Garala, Textile designer & pattern maker

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11 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Supplies & Tools

    • 4. All About The Sewing Pattern

    • 5. What About Stretch?

    • 6. Cutting The Fabric

    • 7. Putting It All Together

    • 8. The Gusset

    • 9. Elastic In Legs

    • 10. Elastic In Hips

    • 11. Final Recap

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About This Class

Ever wanted to create your own lingerie? It doesn't matter if you are new to sewing or an already skilled crafter, you can learn how to make your very own lingerie.

Starting with the bikini brief i'll walk you trough this delightful mission, covering the basics of stretch fabric, pattern understanding, cutting and sewing, everything using my bikini brief pattern which you can download and reuse for future projects!

If you are starting from the very beggining I recommend you watch first the Sewing 101 Class

If you want a quick afternoon project, level up your sewing skills with elastic or discover new ways of creating your full handmade wardrobe, this class is for you!

Let's get sewing!

*Note* I expanded the sizing for the pattern from 6 sizes to 11; so now the sewing pattern is a bit bigger than the one shown in the video.


1. Intro: Hey, everyone, Glad you could join. Welcome. Welcome Tomorrow. My very first class of laundry making for beginners. I am Bolivia. I'm a textile designer based in Mexico City. I currently work as a surface pattern designer in a Mexican home decor breath on on the side. I'm a very passionate through it yourself maker, So I've being doing my own laundry for about a year now, and it's been really fun and really rewarding, So I'm hoping I can show that to you. So you gain the trust and confidence to pursue laundry to our first listen. It's the picky brief, the pattern I am providing below in the class project section. So I'm gonna take you step by step in the understanding and making off this pattern. Also the cutting and the sewing while giving you some cool tricks and hacks for sowing your stretch. An elastic fabrics. I'm getting to know the world of lingerie for future projects, so grab your materials, grab your creativity. Let's get going on. We'll have fun 2. Class Project: our class project is going to be these bikini knicker sewn with a regular machine. No surgery needed. And I also wanted to show you some other pieces I've made. Some are medications from these same pattern on some other are completely different patterns which we can see in future classes. And just to show you and remind you that all fabrics are different. So the more you use, the more it orations you make. You're going to make a completely different garments, so don't be afraid to mix it up a little bit. 3. Supplies & Tools: now here are our supplies for the budget. We're going to use the pattern which I'm gonna show how to print next Caesar's both for fabric and for paper T shirt, paper rulers, maybe a pencil and an eraser even ated measuring tape threat seem river beans. I do recommend having all of these and your choice of fabric and elastic. 4. All About The Sewing Pattern: Okay, so first of all, we're going to print our pattern. So go to your project section right here in this class. Click on the bikini care pattern and you'll get an image like this. The preview off our pattern, you can download it or you can go straight to printing. Please make sure that these east in 100% And do not click the adjust to page. Because if you adjusted to the printing area, it's gonna change this scale of the pattern and it's gonna turn wrong size. So if you want to make sure that you printed it the right size, I put these little square ones Intimidator Square here so you can download it and then make sure, in real life with an actual ruler that this is wants intimate er, if it is, then you're good to go. So let's print it and let's start. So this is what Your Apprentice better and should look like. Now what I'm gonna do, ease cut the site. So these two lines matched together, I'm gonna show you. So here these are printed and faced it pattern. It is made out of three fundamental pieces. The front the gusset and the back. What I really recommend this is my tip for you. It's to always retrace your patterns, every single one of them. This way, it's gonna be easier to pin down to the fabric. The teacher paper on the original bond printed, one you're going to keep for future projects to make other sizes for friends or family or modifications on your own size. So I like to trace my patterns with my free hunt. But if you feel more comfortable doing it so with the rulers, it's also okay. Now Landry has negative seam allowances. These means that the government is smaller. So when you put it on, it stretches and fits just right. So just trace as it is, and it's gonna feed perfectly. I've already traced to mind. So you're gonna end up with something like this. The front piece, the back and the gusset, another type of mine. It's to always label your patterns. You can include the motto this size and which bees you're working on, and these three little exes that are still important, which means that your pattern must be folded right down that middle. As you can see, our pattern. It's half of the final product these way. If you folded right down the middle, you're gonna have a perfectly symmetrical piece. And you only do that one cut, which is really helpful for at the time. So as long as you see those excess, please remember to fold your fabric right down the middle. 5. What About Stretch?: Now, before cutting our pieces, we're gonna learn how to recognize. Stretch. So these one right here, it's a rigid fabric. Non stretchable. See how I'm trying to stretch it? And it won't? No. These is a two way stretch fabric. See how stretches a lot from the size. But from these I not so much so these, sir. One side stretch to side stretch. And this is a four way stretch. This is what we're looking for because stretch from the side. And from this I see is that one way to way. Three way, four way stretch. This is what we're looking for. 6. Cutting The Fabric: So what? We should know to place our pattern pieces before in the fabric. It's to take account on these little guy right here. These arrow means that the fabric should stretch the most in these directions. So make your testers these one stretches, but these were really stretches, so I'm gonna cut my pattern these way. See, this is because this arrow, it's in the direction of how the fabric it's gonna haul your buddy because it's in the HAPE . It needs more movement, air go more stretch. So I'm gonna place my pieces, but I'm gonna show you This is a perfectly square cut its square. But I'm gonna use these sites to see these would not be ideal for some projects, but it's ideal for Landry. And that's what I love most about laundry, that you can actually use certain scraps of fabric and you can make anything work. So I'm gonna blaze mine, and I'm gonna show you. I always like to start pinning down from the edges so it's easier for me to not stretch the fabric or make any wrinkles on it. This way. I'm gonna cut the front piece. And if you've never caught a pattern before. Just cut it as close to the paper pattern as you can. It's okay. If you make mistakes, we can correct them. It's no big deal. And I'm gonna also cut the other one in a fast motion move. - Now for the gossip, I'm gonna actually use the two way stretch fabric that I showed you earlier. These are great fabric, and it actually gives more stability to the whole piece. So if you find these kind, it's gonna work really good. But if you have, ah, four way stretch fabric that it's, ah, 100% cut. And that's the best tip I can give you used to always use cut in on the gusset. What I also really like about laundry it is that you can actually use the waste of other projects in the fabric, you know, thes kind of little pieces. It actually, because it's so tiny can work in the most weird places. I can assure you, by the way, I cut this piece with the stretch. You see the arrow, the stretch. So now we have all of Arby's is we have the card and gossip the front on the book. So got your pieces and up next we will be putting everything together 7. Putting It All Together: Now that we have our pieces cut, we have a friend back and the gusset. How can you tell them apart the front? It's longer and narrower where, while the back part it's wider and shorter. I like this example because as you can see, my furry my fabric has a nice outside view on an inside view. So plays your fabric with the inside meaning the visit. You don't want to show on the outside facing you now for the gusset. As you can see, this is also wider. So it fits right here. No plays your pieces like these now for the gossip. Well, just full a bit and front with front outside with outside. Go together And these right here It's what you pin down, See? No, these seem it's gonna be on the inside of our underwear so we won't bother us. T so I'm gonna so it and show it. So before sowing, I want to show you which stitches were going to use. The 1st 1 is the regular straight stitch. The 2nd 1 would be the sixth backstage, which has this symbol on the 3rd 1 It's an alternative I use for the surge er, so we does, Ah, stage around the peace. And for me, to the number 20 it's this symbol and he'd have to be stretchable. So make your test on your machine. Find out the one that you want to use or if you need help, heat me up so I can help you. So let's start stitching. 8. The Gusset: Okay, so now we're gonna So are to our other parts of are keen and we be straight sich first and both bottom and top white threat. No lazy as closely as you can to the edge as close as a needle as you can get. No, I like to give it to manual stitches first, just a couple of them just to get the threat right in the stitch. And then I pull. I really wanna emphasize how important it is to pull your threats to the back. If you do these the stretchy fabric, it's going to be a lot easier to handle because sometimes because it's stretchy, it won't go through the food as easily as some rigid fabric. So if you pull your forcing it to do as you say and to just continue the stitches, it's really gonna help. So keep your threats in the back a little bit longer for this. Then I always do another stitch, so the needle pulls the fabric, remove the other pain and go. We're going to the same with this one needle down, removed pin. I always like to remove all of the threats. Not just that the end. As you can see, we now have our sewn piece together so you can see how the inside of the same it's right here. And as I opened the underwear, let me show you. Here is the open Seem so sleep your gusset so it ends up inside. You need the bridge to be in the same side as the front piece, as in the original set up I showed you. Now I like to do an extra straight stitch on top of the same because I think it gives it a more detailed, um, finished. So this is optional. You don't have to do it, but I think it adds up to the final product. So the same. A couple of stitches manually. I think it gives a more finished look more polished one. So here's our first sewing session. We're going to do the finish of the top part of the bomb. The gusset. I'm going to the days with the number 20 stitch that I showed you earlier. The alternative to the surgery. So just the rich alone again, Hold your threats in the back, do a couple of cities, and without stretching, be very careful because he's gonna end up huge if you start stretching this part. So just late, as flat as you can and even push it up to the to the stage a little. If you can see these are finished, let's move to the next listen, toe up the elastic. 9. Elastic In Legs: so know that we have are three pieces together. We're starting to see how are beginning comes to life Now the next thing it's putting the elastic that goes next to our legs. See these black elastic right here? We're gonna so it right here through all these decides. So what I'm choosing for these beauty It's deeds, black elastic bias. And as you can see, it has a different kind of weaving in the middle. So it's easier two full down and use like a normal bias. So I'm gonna so it all over here and also in the other side. So let's go to the sewing machine. So now for the elastic bias we're going to. So these little fellow with the six ext egx so now will fold it in the middle and put it down our sign machine president. And remember, do a column to choose first annually so you can see how wide it's the stitch. If it's too small, it's gonna be difficult to do so all the fabric and if it's too wide, it's gonna show on the fabric. So it has to be just the size of the bias these way. It will do exactly as I say and stay folded. I won't have to buy a with it. Well, I'm introducing the fabric. We're going to start with the back part. See here just with one of the sites. Remember it. The top. It's going with another elastic. So these side right here, it's for the life. So we'll start putting these one down. Now, do a stitch manually. So your needle, it's down and it helps you once you on president foot and put your fabric means high of the bias just like this. And Roddick. Now for the first stitches for the first, like two centimeters. I don't like to stretch my bias because I like to just, like, get hold of the things first and put my fabric correctly, and then I'll start stretching. I like to push it ride to where the needle is. So the next stage is with the fabric inside of the bias. No. Full did praise down on. We'll start stitching. Always check that your fabric eats inside of the bias. And now, after a couple of them, I like to stretch just a little. The more use trench, the tighter you. It will get once it has no pressure. So please don't stretch that much because it's gonna show in your skin, like too tight, so just tied. So we grab health's family, all of your body. See, this is how how I'm going to stretch just to make it lay flat. These depends on the material and how you like it with this stretch. But I really don't recommend it's too much of a stretch, because again, it's gonna it's gonna show many want to be comfortable, so just a little bit. So it lays perfectly flat and you start then sewn again Big, close attention in these area, we're because it it's gonna start taking part. And now you'll have to fabrics not just one. So pay special attention. So the bias covers both of them and continue. We will continue doing these sewing both curves from corner to corner. So I already did mine. Let me show you. Now we have our blasting. So this is our alternative for the surgery. This is our double stitch, and it continues right through here Now are beautiful bikini starting to come to life 10. Elastic In Hips: now that we have, these were only going so one side of it, just one. So I'm gonna just days one and be really careful to always create a straight line from these two sides because these is going straight to your body. And visually, it's nicer to have a completely straight line show you here a completely straight line than it is to have something like this, you know? So I'm my deep for you. He's to start sewing. Always remember, front with front. So this teachers are on the inside the seam. Start stitching with a straight stitch right here, the closest you can to the edge. On these way. You can control your stitch better because this is, like, more rigid. And so this is what we're going to do. And then we're gonna do the alternative to the searcher, like again another stitch. So these will be very, very well sewn. Let's go. The cool thing about Landry is the is that you can stretch a little bit, so these will completely match the other side. No, get rid of all the extra material like that. And then, with the alternative to the surge er redo this ditch. See, Now we have these alternative to the surgery stitch. A complete straight line and our first site someone together. I hope you're excited, as I am to have our final product ready. So, as you can see with his own decide and now these still open. So why is that? Because we're gonna so up next, our top elastic, the one that is going around our waist. I chose these gorgeous elastic, please, on the thing. It's that it's easier to. So along the A line, see, then it would be a closed circle. If these were closed, then it would be complicated to start suing inside. See? So the lion is easier now. I'm gonna so it and we will be almost ready. Now, As you can see, I have a black paint on top, which is gonna go like this into the machine so the top threat is gonna be black. But on the back, it would really need the white one. So attention to detail you guys. So I'm gonna change my balm to wait. No, I'm going to start with a couple of manuals. Teaches. Ask always and please remember, these also depends on the kind of material these one it's really solved and a lot of and has a lot of stretch. So I'm gonna pull it a little bit more and remember to never stretch the fabric, just the elastics. Another tape I want to share with you. It's do always check. What are you sewing on? It doesn't matter if you do it slowly at first, but please on press every once in a while. The foot, um, check if you're sewing both the elastic on the fabric because it's really disappointing to end the sewing to Onley realize that there are some spots where you didn't so the elastic to the fabric together. So just take your time. And Joe, you're sewing and check, Check, check. Okay, guys, charities are almost final moment. Just one stitch left on the side and we'll have our bikini ready. We will do the exact same as we did with the previous side. Seem so ah, wrote off straight stitches first and then cover the similar one says, say, with the alternative to the Overlook stitch. So here these guys are final on completely. Don bikini bottom, as you can see and I would like to show you. I sewed mine with ah white thread in this piece and black thread through these peace. I do believe successes into details. So I really recommend you do these kind of thing because it adds up a lot off luxury and craftsmanship to your final product. So here it is. I hope you enjoyed these as much sided. Can't wait to see your final product. So here up next, my final recap. 11. Final Recap: here I leave you with my final recap for you to read at your pace. Thank you very much for watching. I hope you had us much fun aside. Filming and sewing these all feedback is greatly appreciated. And I would love to see what you create in the project section below. So if you'd like to share your process and find out, only I will gladly receive it. Thank you again Any question or comment, feel free to reach out in here or on my Instagram. Let's keep luring and upgrading our skills. See you soon.