New Page/ T’ings in the Mail / Kwik Sew Bra Pattern Giveaway

11 Feb

I wanted to post some new sewing bits that have come in this week. First, heaven bless Kathi R. from She remembered talking to me way back at PR Weekend Los Angeles almost four years ago about my interest in learning to sew bras. Well, she got a great deal at FIDM on laces and offered to send me some. Excellent! I really want to get better and more efficient and making underwear and this will seriously help.

To go along with that, I ordered 1/8 inch elastic from Etsy. It’s sold for ‘baby headbands’. But, I wanted it for snugging up the upper bra cups I sew and for the front lace edges of underwear. I bought some specific colors (black, brown, white) and a variety pack.

Also of that sewing genre, I have more kits from Summerset! I took photos of my laces from the Netherlands, and she dyed kits to match. My goal is to have about ten good bras in the drawer. I’m at two of my own that I’ve sewn and three RTW bras that are a little over a year old.

I’ve aslo added a low tech page at the top of the blog of lingerie sewing resources. Places to shop. I say low tech because there are just links.

Finally, now that I’ve found my bra holy grail in the Rebecca Sewy, I’m giving away these three Kwik Sew Patterns. I’ve only sewn one, back when I was all wrong about my size.

If you want them, please leave a comment here to be entered. I’ll do a drawing a week from today. If you would like to be entered an additional time, you can link back to the this post via your blog or twitter or sign up for email updates on my blog (over on the right under subscribe). Each mention gives you an additional entry, but you’ll need to post in the comments each additional links. If a winner is selected and does not respond to my email within 24 hours, Trena gets the whole lot — whether she wants them or not.

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64 Responses to “New Page/ T’ings in the Mail / Kwik Sew Bra Pattern Giveaway”

  1. c. getler February 11, 2012 at 10:19 #

    I would love to have them. Great giveaway. Thanks!

    • Jo Kanner February 12, 2012 at 10:02 #

      It would be great to have these patterns! I am a flight attendant and my goal is to avoid the dreaded security pat-down in Eastern European airports because of my underwire. (!)

  2. Nancy T. February 11, 2012 at 10:20 #

    I’d love to try bra making!

  3. Jodie February 11, 2012 at 10:27 #

    I’m in the process…bra-making will be my goal this summer (I’m a school teacher). I’d like to do more fitting…..
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. nalani February 11, 2012 at 10:28 #

    I would love to join the fun in all the lingerie-making!

  5. LauraM February 11, 2012 at 10:32 #

    I remember when you bought all these, it was about a time when lots of people where talking on their blogs about sewing bras, even Miss Debbie (at Stitches & Seams) :smile: I never did make any, so put me into the drawing, I have been toying with the idea of trying some.

  6. Kelley February 11, 2012 at 10:39 #

    I’ve been thinking about sewing bras for a few years now. Congrats on finding a pattern that fits you!

  7. sehardy February 11, 2012 at 10:45 #

    I’ve been dying to start making my own bras!

  8. Mary in FL February 11, 2012 at 10:50 #

    I have also bought some awesome kits from Summerset, but they are not on the top of my to-do list.

  9. Judy February 11, 2012 at 10:57 #

    I’d love to have the bra patterns. Add my name to the hopper or hat! I have only made one bra: it took so long to get a proper fit (about 8 cup muslins) that once I finally finished, I had lost all my lingerie mojo. Your bras are so lovely, I am inspired to try again.

    Thank you!


  10. Samina February 11, 2012 at 11:06 #

    Awesome giveaway, thanks! Sign me up. I’m interested, but I think this might be a bit above my skill set.

  11. Leanne February 11, 2012 at 11:28 #

    I’ve admired your sewing bravery in making bras. I’d like to try my hand at it too. Pattern 3300 looks like something I’d wear. If I can get the fit right. I’m tired of trying on 10 bras to find one that fits well, even when I’ve been measured by a dept store “fitter” to get the size right. Plus I have in issue with paying $65+ for a good bra.

  12. Stevie February 11, 2012 at 11:31 #

    count me in! I’ve just started to have a go at sewing underwear and Its super hard to get hold of the stuff here! I’ve also been so blessed as to be a between cup size! Not so good for RTW x

  13. Tricia February 11, 2012 at 11:35 #

    How fun! I’d love to try making a bra!

  14. NuJoi February 11, 2012 at 12:05 #

    I’ll gladly take the patterns off your hands!

  15. Gilly February 11, 2012 at 12:14 #

    Your bras are stunning, I’d love to give it a try myself. Count me in!

  16. Brenda February 11, 2012 at 12:18 #

    I’ll give it a go! Thanks!

  17. sewforward February 11, 2012 at 12:41 #

    Yes, I would like to be in the give-a-way – count me in! I have made two bras (even took a bra class) but was some what disapointed, although after reading your blog about making bras I think I would like to give it another try :-)

  18. NancyC February 11, 2012 at 12:45 #

    Would love to give bra-making a try.

  19. BJ February 11, 2012 at 12:52 #

    Have been inspired by all the bra-making on the internets and would love to try my hand for myself and my daughters. thanks for having this give-away!

  20. Gail Daigh February 11, 2012 at 13:25 #

    Renee, I would absolutely love to have the patterns! I plan to start sewing lingerie very soon. Thanks,

    Gail D.

  21. Brea February 11, 2012 at 13:39 #

    Love those Kwik Sew patterns.

  22. Parisgrrl February 11, 2012 at 13:43 #

    Count me in, please. Bras are one of the few things I’ve never sewn before, and I’d love to give these a try.

  23. Rachel February 11, 2012 at 14:06 #

    I have been wanting to learn to make lingerie. Enter me in the contest.

  24. katie McL February 11, 2012 at 15:11 #

    I’d love to win these – just went bra shopping the other day & of course had to settle for something that will work but may not be the most comfortable… I think it’s a sure sign I need to start making my own!

  25. Summer February 11, 2012 at 15:32 #

    I’d love to be entered into the drawing! Thanks :)

  26. Rebekah Stockton February 11, 2012 at 15:58 #

    I’ve been wanting to try making my own bras.

  27. Anna Polin February 11, 2012 at 16:10 #

    Count me in! I need more support than the usual bras can give me and I’ve been wanting to try my hand at bra architecture!

  28. Chloe February 11, 2012 at 16:31 #

    I would love to win these patterns. I haven’t sewn a bra yet but my goal for this year is to get into it as I find it hard to find nice rtw ones. Thanks :-)

  29. Patti February 11, 2012 at 18:07 #

    I would love to be considered for one of these patterns. These are a good style for my daughter. I have 2 of Summerset’s kits for myself (with a pattern for a fuller figure) – I still need to get them done. My old RTW are about to give out, so I have a pressing need! Blessings,

  30. MelissaB February 11, 2012 at 18:42 #

    Lucky lady, look at all those gorgeous laces. I just finally found a panty pattern I like so I can understand why you’re ditching the other patterns in favor of your best one. I, on the other hand, would really like to be entered into your drawing. I’ve been thinking about buying KS 2489 for some time so I can try my hand at bra making.

  31. saadia February 11, 2012 at 21:26 #

    Please put me in the drawing thanks!

  32. carole whitridge February 11, 2012 at 21:53 #

    Yes please! I’d love to try my hand at this!!

  33. Katie February 11, 2012 at 22:45 #

    I’d love to win these! Someday I’d love to be able to make pretty bras and undies! :)

  34. Sofie Mitropoulos February 12, 2012 at 00:59 #

    I’d love to enter.. I am a very unusual size and to make my own would be great. Thanks.

  35. Leona Batty February 12, 2012 at 05:33 #

    I would love to learn how to make bras that actually fit properly and don’t cost loads!!

  36. Carolyn February 12, 2012 at 10:37 #

    It would be awesome to be able to make my own bras! Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. themateriallady February 12, 2012 at 12:42 #

    Put me in the hat please! I am inspired by your bras – and also by the thought of reducung the cost of my odd sized bras. It would also be wonderful to be able to have a really pretty bra (that fitted) that hadn’t cost a mortgage payment!

  38. Patricia February 12, 2012 at 15:50 #

    Count me in! I would love to make my first bra!

  39. Sarah F-P February 12, 2012 at 17:32 #

    Hey, long time reader, first time commenter, (Yes I know that’s bad). I have been thinking about making my own bras for awhile now. Even if I do not end up winning a set from you now I at least know where to look for patterns and resources, thanks to your low tech links, and the power of the internet.

    Sarah in SYR

  40. Ann February 12, 2012 at 19:33 #

    I would love to try it, so please count me in…

  41. Brooke February 12, 2012 at 22:02 #

    Thank you for a chance to win these! I am trying to find a comfortable bra, but am finding that I need to make them myself if I want one!

  42. The Slapdash Sewist February 12, 2012 at 22:17 #

    But what if I *am* the winner? That sounds like some sort of universe implosion. Sigrid’s tutorials are making the whole thing look doable, and it would be nice to have some pretty bras instead of the t-shirt bras I always wear. So sign me up!

  43. Bronwyn Judd February 12, 2012 at 23:16 #

    Sign me up please!! I’ve been seeing articles on bra making everywhere lately and I am definitely excited to try.

  44. Amy February 13, 2012 at 11:11 #

    Lucky you! Look at all those fun packs. How nice to have some matching fabrics for the laces. I don’t need to be entered since I think I found my pattern, too… just needs some tweaking.

    I’m sorry to hear about your Valentine’s dress and totally identify with buying a bunch of patterns in indecision. That would be the point where I buy new shoes and call it a day.

  45. scooter February 13, 2012 at 11:47 #

    You bet I’d like to be entered. I’ve got the pin-up girls basic pattern, which fits OK but makes me feel like I’m 95 instead of 35. :)

    Your creations have been lovely!

  46. Libby Hall February 13, 2012 at 12:01 #

    I would love to have any of these patterns!

  47. VictoriaR February 13, 2012 at 15:12 #

    I am getting on the bra-making bandwagon. I would love getting a pattern.

  48. Louisa February 13, 2012 at 15:55 #

    I recently got the Bra Maker’s Manual (on CD) and two kits but haven’t gotten up the courage yet to start in! I think I’m afraid to “ruin” my kits with something that doesn’t end up fitting right. I should just dive in, shouldn’t I?

    Not that I ever win anything I want – but nothing ventured, nothing gained! Please enter me in the draw.

  49. Frances February 14, 2012 at 04:48 #

    Ooh, I’m also jealous of your pretty laces. I would love to give bra-making a try!

  50. Arlene February 14, 2012 at 05:00 #

    I would so love to have them. Not too many fabric stores around, I was at Joanns yesterday. Duh, they don’t stock Kwik Sew, and I went specifically for that bra pattern. My luck. So its either win it or order online.

  51. Arlene February 14, 2012 at 05:00 #

    Oh, and I have subscribed to your blog as well :)

  52. Alaskapsych February 14, 2012 at 11:01 #

    I have just begun sewing lingerie! I’d love the giveaway! PS: The red dress is lovely! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  53. Clio February 14, 2012 at 12:02 #

    I think I’ve been avoiding buying bra patterns so that I have an excuse to not sew bras. Sigh. Please enter me!

  54. Angie February 14, 2012 at 12:34 #

    I have been following your blog for a while now and love the progress you have made with the bras and I also love the grey coat you made.
    I would really like to win one of your bras sets and want to wish everyone else who enters good luck also.

  55. Erin February 14, 2012 at 21:30 #

    Ack! This is a great giveaway and I would love to win.

  56. Kirsty February 15, 2012 at 00:03 #

    If I won these I could use the lace I’ve been buying with vague plans for lingerie sewing!

  57. Julie February 15, 2012 at 00:22 #

    Thanks so much for holding this giveaway! I’d really love to try to sew a bra or two. :)

  58. Julie Z February 15, 2012 at 14:36 #

    sew my own bra? sure.. i’ll try it!

  59. Sarah Heath February 16, 2012 at 05:46 #

    Sign me up :)

  60. Tanit-Isis February 17, 2012 at 19:18 #

    Oh, I hope I’m not too late (I’m so behind on my blog reading…)

    I keep obsessively stalking peoples’ bra-making posts. Maybe if I won a pattern I would quit being such a chicken and try it! :)

  61. Dee February 18, 2012 at 19:18 #

    Late as I am, I’d love to win!


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