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Episode 27: Of lace & tools

Episode 27 of the podcast is now live.

The podcasts will be available on iTunesPlayerFM and other podcast catchers within 24 hours.

As always, you can find me on Instagram at Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet for my general making antics. And as some of this episode’s projects benefit from a more 3-dimensional examination, I’ve also uploaded a snippet of video footage to accompany this podcast on YouTube. (Apologies if YouTube prefaces it with adverts. I have no means of overriding these.)

A brooding lace shawl

After knitting long black socks I was after a comfort knit and decided to make a second version of my favourite shawl patterns: Karie Westermann’s Mahy Shawl.

For my first version I used a discontinued cloud-like 4-ply wool blend by Kettle Yarn Co but for this second version I went for a hearty lace yarn in a deliciously deep and brooding natural shade, in particular Daughter of a Shepherd’s Hebridean Lace.

A pretty & successful bra project

My bra-making journey has been stop-start and while I am still working on perfecting an underwired bra pattern, I have found a non-wired bra pattern that is working for me: the Josie Bra by Made My Wardrobe. So after making a plain cotton jersey toile, I made a prettier version with some organic cotton jersey and lace.

As bras are a deeply personal matter, I share some general observations about bra-making as well as talk about my Josie Bra toile and more lacy version in detail, including some of the tweaks I made.

When sourcing materials, as a fuller busted person, I tend to avoid kits but typically source my materials from the following shops:

If you are thinking of making bras, I would recommend watching as many sew-along videos by bra pattern designers as part of your research. As well as showing how to make their particular patterns, they also share many general tips about bra sewing and materials. I found the Made My Wardrobe workshop on the Josie Bra helpful, but also used tips I found in the extensive video libraries of Madalynne and Ohhh Lulu.

A spot of tool making

As well as indulging in some lace, I have also been turning my hand to a more prosaic making project: a tailor’s ham and sausage. These unassuming objects were a satisfying project as they were made out of waste materials. For the pattern I used the instructions and template of Victory Patterns.


Music: As I figure by Kevin MacLeod on FreeMusicArchive and licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License.

1 comment
  • Catherine Barriga August 3, 2021, 10:01 pm

    As usual I have really enjoyed your podcast, I love that you are making your tools. I did once go to an underwear making workshop but soon gave up. Maybe something for the future. I mostly work with repurposed fabrics in my quilt making and try to use what I have rather than getting new stuff when knitting and embroidery. My doll making has also been mostly and exercise in using what I have and repurposing clothing. However, it contginues to be a complicated space as I really value creatives and independent shops which I find I don’t support because of my desire to use second hand. This is not resolved and I am sure I will keep pondering and tweaking my decisions. Have a good week. Catherine


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