Lingerie Making Tools and Supplies

So, you’ve decided to try your hand at lingerie making, and maybe you are looking around your sewing room wondering if you have what you need to begin. I will take you through what I have and use frequently, and what I consider to be good staples to keep on hand.

Tools

 

1)    Sewing machine – for most of my patterns, you will need a machine that can sew forward and backwards and zigzag. That’s it. It doesn’t need to be fancy, or do a zillion types of stitches. 

2)    Appropriate needles for the project that you are undertaking – this seems basic but is super important. Consider your fabric and choose a needle accordingly. Ball point and silk/ microtex needles are a good place to start. You don’t want to leave huge holes in the delicate fabric that you are working with or to break threads and cause runs.

3)    Shears – do yourself a favour and make sure that you have a nice pair of scissors for cutting out fabric that is only used for that. If you are left handed, like me, it is worth it to get left handed shears.

4)    Appliqué scissors – these scissors, also known as duckbilled scissors, are so important when cutting out the underlaying fabric behind lace. Picking up a pair of these will save you so much frustration. Let me know if you find good left handed ones. My local sewing store only carries right-handed L

5)    Bias tape maker – this is optional, but so nice if you are making bias binding. I know I lived without it for a long time, but would rather have one in my kit.

6)    Silk pins – these are finer than normal pins by a couple of millimetres and it makes a difference in not snagging fabric and leaving holes

7)    Rolled hem presser foot – discovering what this foot does has actually changed my life. It makes it so much easier to make a fine, rolled hem on the machine. Your sewing machine might have come with one of these, but if not, it is worth the bother to track one down.

 

Fabrics/ supplies

The fabrics that you choose should be related to the project that you are making, but here is what I always have on hand:

 

1)    Silk charmeuse – it’s finicky to work with, and can be pricey, but it is worth it to wear. It feels so luxurious, drapes gorgeously, and has a lovely sheen. I have an intensely passionate relationship with silk charmeuse, and that relationship isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, but I wouldn’t lose it for anything. I buy mine from Dharma trading company: the prices are good, the customer service has been great, and the shipping is fast even to Canada. (Not sponsored, I just like them)

2)    Duoplex for bra making – this is the great workhorse of bra making. It’s not luxurious feeling, or particularly glamorous, but it does the job so well that I can’t get rid of it even if I’d like to

3)    ??? Denier Tricot – this is great behind lace or silk to add more body and strength, while remaining shear. It can be doubled up for more hold, and feels more luxurious than duoplex

4)    Powernet – this is a sturdy stretch fabric for the back bra bands. Not terribly elegant, but good strength.

5)    Bra band elastic – this elastic is plush on one side for comfort on the skin with a scalloped edge for decoration meant to emerge from the edge of the garment.

6)    Strap elastic – this is a strong, low-stretch elastic with one edge plush for the skin. It cannot be substituted by another type of elastic.

7)    Rings and sliders – these come in different sizes and finishes and are what makes a strap adjustable

8)    Bra back hook and eyes – these are what closes your bra. Necessary for bra making, but there are some great tutorials out there on making your own if you prefer

9)    Feather weight interfacing – adds extra strength and body to key locations on your garment. I like fusible, but if you are more comfortable with sew in, go for it! If you use fusible, make sure that it is fully fused to avoid unsightly bubbles later on.

10)Stretch lace – this is lace that is made to stretch. It is great for panties or for going around curved edges. If you use it for bra cups, make sure to have a layer of non-stretch fabric behind it.

11)Rigid lace – this is lace that is not made to stretch. It may have some play, but is not spandex. This is beautiful for lace appliques or areas where you don’t want any stretch

 

This list will be updated as I think of things JPlease message me if there are any that you are wondering about that you don’t see here or if you have any questions about the ones that I have listed.

Helena Smith