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Lingerie Sewing Tips and Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and in a month full of frilly, sexy pieces, I thought of no other than the marvelous Abi from The Crafty Pinup! She makes some amazing pieces for her online shop and her Instagram feed is filled with negliges any pinup girl would love. Since she burst into the vintage sewing world, she’s knocked it out of the park with one gorgeous garment after another and it’s super exciting to watch her sewing evolve and her online shop to grow! Her experience with her shop makes her an amazing woman to speak on lingerie sewing tips.

Please read the entire post for a special promo for Vintage on Tap readers, and hope you’re inspired to stitch up a storm for next week’s celebration!


Hi there everyone, I’m Abi from fellow vintage-style sewing blog The Crafty Pinup, hoping to inspire you sew some dreamy lingerie and nightwear this Valentine’s Day & tell you all about my own independent vintage inspired lingerie business! When I’m not blogging about my 50s/60s style me made wardrobe, I’m running my handmade lingerie business, My Retro Closet. My Retro Closet was born in the Summer of 2014, straight after leaving university studying Contour Fashion (lingerie, swimwear & corsetry design) and I’ve spent the past near 3 years building my little business into what it is today, becoming self employed at the end of 2015. Since launching in 2014 and with my business really taking off in the last year, my handmade range of vintage inspired lingerie and nightwear have become what my online store is known for.

My Retro Closet by The Crafty Pinup lingerie sewing tips, guest post | Vintage on Tap

Since my teens I’ve always been drawn to vintage styles, predominantly the 1940s through to the mid 1960s. I never particularly enjoyed fashion trends and embraced my individuality and discovered how much I loved retro clothing styles and how they suited and flattered me much more. When I went on the path into lingerie design, 1950s lingerie and 1960s nightwear were always my favourites and I longed to create an online store full of my favourite things. I was never a moulded cup and thong kinda girl, big knickers forever! So I bought together some of my favourite brands, selling seamed stockings and sturdy suspender belts, and then what eventually became Handmade by My Retro Closet – my in house designed and sewn collection of lingerie and nightwear. I created the shop I had always dreamed of!

My Retro Closet by The Crafty Pinup lingerie sewing tips, guest post | Vintage on Tap

Currently my favourite Handmade by My Retro Closet pieces are my Jayne Ruffle Lingerie Set. Inspired by my all time favourite 1950s burlesque lingerie sets, adorned with mini ruffles. It’s such a fun, playful style and never fails to make me smile when I’m sewing them. Paired with my matching Jayne Bed Jacket or one of my babydolls, it’s one of my favourite lingerie looks. I love layering these pieces for when I’m writing blog posts in bed in the evening, they make everything feel glamorous!

My Retro Closet by The Crafty Pinup lingerie sewing tips, guest post | Vintage on Tap
My inspiration comes iconic looks from pinups from the 1950s and 1960s, including Jayne Mansfield, Sophia Loren and of course, Bettie Page.

Whilst all my Handmade by My Retro Closet designs are sewn from patterns I design myself from scratch.

There are some great sewing patterns on the market if you’re looking into sewing some lingerie and nightwear! Of course true vintage babydoll nightie patterns steal my heart every time, if I had the room to store them I’d have a lot more! But online auction sites and local charity/vintage shops never fail to disappoint. Here are a couple of my contemporary favourites, along with my fabric picks for a sassy retro vibe….

My Retro Closet by The Crafty Pinup lingerie sewing tips, guest post | Vintage on Tap
The Boylston Bra PDF Sewing Pattern by Orange Lingerie / Butterick Patterns by Gertie B6031

There are lots of things to watch out for when sewing lingerie, but it all depends on what garment you’re sewing and the fabric you’re using.

Luckily modern patterns come with great instructions for beginners. But whether you’re sewing with chiffon, satin, lace, mesh or jersey, you always need the right needle for your fabric, but once you’re armed with the right needles you’ll be unstoppable! You’ll also get well acquainted with your 3 step zig-zag stitch, which provides a professional finish to your elastic sewing and top stitching. However satisfying it is sewing your own clothes, sewing your own lingerie always feels like an awesome achievement.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse into my retro lingerie world and that I’ve tempted you to sew a babydoll or two. Check out Bianca’s Top 5 pinup perfect picks from My Retro Closet:

My Retro Closet by The Crafty Pinup lingerie sewing tips, guest post | Vintage on Tap

  1.  Joan Babydoll in Signature Black 
  2.  Short Roll on Girdle – Black
  3.  Mini Feather Fan – Red
  4.  Jive Seamed Tights – Champagne and Black
  5.  Jayne Bed Jacket – 4 colours available

Thank you to Bianca for having me on her blog and for all you lovely readers, if you fancy treating yourself to some new nightwear or stocking up on stockings in time for Spring, enjoy 15% off everything all February with the code VINTAGEONTAP


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One Comment

  1. Great post! I’m very much into erotic lingerie and I think vintage underwear is the hottest there is. Love the stockings and the sexy corsets.

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