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Mesh Lingerie

Last year I discovered making my own undergarments. I had thought it would be an interesting project. After all, it would be nice to think that someday I could have an entirely handmade wardrobe.
But it just seemed too difficult. It seemed that it would be a complicated process best left to the professionals. How could I figure out those curves and all that shaping?
However I was pleasantly surprised by my first foray into making lingerie. It really wasn't too complicated as long as I followed the directions. Yet I didn't find myself making a lot.
Recently I obtained the Evie la Luvé Darcey bra. I knew I had to try it out with the tropical print mesh I received from Minerva. I decided I would pair it with another Evie la Luvé pattern, the Frankie panties.
The Mesh Fabric is nice and light weight. It has quite a bit of stretch. The print is a lot of fun. I liked the bold teal and lime green against a more neutral background. To me, making undergarments myself means I can have fun with them. Normally custom lingerie in great prints and laces are extravagantly expensive. Not so if you make your own. 
I really enjoyed fussy cutting my pieces out of this mesh. I centered flowers on reach piece of the pattern. The smaller flowers were lovely on the various bra pieces. And let's be honest - the larger flowers worked for the back and front of the panties. The fabric requirements were overly generous in the pattern directions, so I had plenty to work with and move my pattern pieces around to most creatively use the tropical print.
This was not my first time working with the Frankie panties pattern. It's one of my favorites. There are a ton of options, so it's great for trying out new fabrics, laces, and designs. One feature I like is the enclosed crotch lining inside. It makes a neat and smooth finish for the panties.
The mesh created a lightweight pair of panties for sure. However, I found that because it was so stretchy that it was hard to get a good fit. I had to go back and take in the side seams to ensure that they would stay on. I paired the brightly colored mesh with black elastic to keep the focus on the main print.
However, this was my first attempt at the Darcey bra. I must say that I was incredibly impressed. It was such a simple sew. There are quite a few steps, but that's just to attach all of the smaller pieces together and attach the elastics. The directions are very clear and easy to follow. I recommend that you keep your cut pieces lined up how you will sew them. Everything ends up with encased seams for a clean finish.
I  lined the main tropical mesh with a beige power mesh. I wish I had dome this with the panties. It kept everything from stretching out.
The bra fit perfectly with no adjustments. It's soft and comfy to wear all day. 
I really enjoyed sewing up this mesh set. The tropical print is lovely and a fun addition to my underwear drawer. These patterns are well-drafted, and the instructions are well-written. I would recommend trying out sewing your own lingerie with these patterns to anyone. I can't wait to make more.
Amanda Brandenberg

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