Hello ladies, hello gentleman, hello to everyone in between! Come one, come all, as I have a presentation to make. I’ve been a busy little lingerista over the last few weeks- I went out and bought a fancy sewing machine who I’ve named Tina, I’ve frequented fabric stores and selected my choices of trims, lace, and fabrics, and I awaited shipments of specialty items like strap elastic and rings and sliders. Why, you may query?
Because I’m reviewing the Ohhhlulusews Jasmine bra pattern!
Sewing has been a hobby of mine for a long while, and I figured it only made sense to not just review the bras, but to make them.
Without further adieu, I present to you:
And the matching panties:
Now, these sets weren’t without their hardships. I sewed the hooks on backwards. Twice. I accidentally made it so one of the straps can’t be adjusted, and I used a non-stretch trim on the Kimono instead of foldover elastic like I did for the Sweetie, which makes it slightly difficult to wear. Despite all this, I love them like Frankenstein loved his monster. They’re my wonderful little creations, and hopefully the first of many. The panties were of my own creation, as I’d messed up the Ohhhlulu pattern I purchased and wound up with a pair of underwear that fit my mom better than me.
The pattern was easy to follow and had nicely laid out steps. I recommend you follow them exactly the first time, and then play around with them afterwards if need be. I’ll be removing the non-stretch trim and adding some picot foldover elastic in its place like the pattern says, and will likely be replacing a strap so I can adjust both of them.
If you have any sewing skill, I recommend giving these patterns a shot. They’re easy to follow, very simple to construct, and if you follow the steps, not a lot can go wrong. Right?
I also made it a 3-hook closure rather than two. I used a soft stretch powernet and lace for the Kimono, and non-stretch cotton and elastic for the Sweetie.
I really liked using this pattern. It’s so easy, I threw the bras together in a few hours (and that’s with my abysmal sewing skills and mediocre attention to detail). I recommend this to anyone who’s interested in sewing and lingerie. The only thing I wish was that it had more pictures in the pattern, as some steps took some guess work. Thank you to Ohhhlulu for putting these wonderful patterns on the internet- she certainly has a very pleased customer.
*Note: The cost of each bra was under $20.
I bought everything retail:
Rings, sliders, straps and elastic: $3
Fabric and linings: $5 for the Sweetie, $6 for the Kimono
Pattern: $12 (divided by two)
That puts the most expensive bra, the Kimono, at $17. It took me two hours, and I have no sewing skill. The average bra is about $45 retail. How’s that for a mark-up?
Thank you for reading, and if anyone gives these a shot, please let me know and send picture, I’d love to see what you guys can come up with!
Let me know what you think of the designs, too- are they cute, or should I stick to reviews?
PS. This month in reviews…
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