Lingerie sewing supplies inventory

In advance of visiting Kantje Boord with Lauriana this weekend while I’m in Amsterdam to run the marathon, I thought it’d be a good idea to take a full inventory of my lingerie sewing supplies so I could see what I had vs what I needed, and hopefully not make duplicate purchases.

Oh. my. god. I really don’t think of myself as a “stasher” – I try to sew what I’ve got and keep it all fitting within the confines of my tiny sewing room, but I seriously have a ridiculous amount of lingerie supplies, and I hadn’t even realised it, because it was all stored in about four different places.

As a confession, here’s what I’ve got:


  • Black picot edge
  • Black ridge edge
  • Round stretch cord (white & black)
  • Medium grey picot edge
  • Cream picot edge (x2)
  • Cream FOE
  • Thin green FOE
  • Dark green twill FOE
  • Navy ridge edge
  • Black bra strap (double picot, 1 bra’s worth)
  • Black bra channelling (lots)
  • White/cream narrow channelling
  • Clear elastic
  • 1.5cm white satin (semi rigid)
  • 1.5cm white plush
  • 1.5cm white plush (ugly, muslin purposes only)


  • Fat quarter black stretch dot net
  • Scraps black power net
  • Lots white power net
  • White sparkly power net
  • Thin white poly(?) lycra
  • Small piece beige swimwear lining
  • 23cm wide stretch black & mocha lace (thin, from eLingeria)
  • Scraps brick/sage lace
  • Lots 20cm wide stretch black lace
  • 30cmx18 & 30cmx27 stretch periwinkle lace
  • lots black lingerie lycra, firm


  • Pink roses
  • Ring & 8 sliders (white & metal)
  • Bra hooks white x2
  • Bra hooks black x1
  • Clear swimsuit clasp
  • 8 pairs underwires, mixed
  • Pair Demi pads, black x2
  • Foam cup pairs, 2xwhite 2xblack 1xyellow
  • 5 pairs underwires from sewing chest
  • Clear elastic straps & sliders

Why do I need thirteen pairs of underwires?? (Though to be fair, I think some were scavenged from old RTW bras…)

So my take-home lesson for this is that I clearly wish I was sewing more lingerie than I actually am. I mean, I do sew some lingerie, like the two Ruby Slips, several bras, and countless pairs of pants over the past few years, but my sewing output just hasn’t matched my shopping intake!

Now that I’ve seen what I’ve got, I really want to match pieces up and actually use them so I can wear it, instead of it taking up room in my already-crowded sewing cave. So, this, combined with the fact that I’m travelling with only carry-ons to Amsterdam means that I’ve made the following promise to myself in regards to Kantje Boord:

I, Melissa Fehr, will only allow myself to buy one kit (or comparable amount of fabrics and laces bought a’la carte) and no more than 5m elastic in total.

(Here’s the part where you all tell me in the comments what gorgeous stuff you bought at Kantje Boord that you wished you’d bought more of, just to test my resolve!!)

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