Shape Up for Summer Challenge Entries

Well what can we say… you have done it again! For this month’s Ultimate Bra-makers challenge, the theme was “Shape Up for Summer”. We suggested waist cinchers, bodyshapers, or corsets, and you all delivered! We were absolutely delighted to receive such a variety of creative entries. So, a round of applause to all of you talented makers and a big thank you for participating!

With no further ado, here is an overview of all our entries, with descriptions that were sent to us by their respective makers:

Agnes H

Here is my entry to the May Ultimate Bra-makers Challenge Shape Up for Summer: a pair of High Waisted Slimming shorts in size F. The pattern is from your Craftsy Class “Sewing Shapewear: Smooth Silhouettes”.
I used firmer than average stretch fabric and stretch lace, and dyed the elastics.

Anna D (Entry #1)

Here is my presentation for the ultimate bra challenge for May. As the subject was shapers, I made a longline bra with stretch imitation leather. This is a Shelley pattern, hacked according to the Fairy Bra Mother blog post about longline bras. Imitation leather is very firm and it contains the bust to underline the difference between waist and hips.

Anna D (Entry #2)

Here is my second presentation for the ultimate bra challenge for May. It’s a body shaper from Beverly’s Craftsy course.
That’s my first one, made out of skin-tone light power net. That’s “smoothing” more than “shaping”. I checked the pattern and make a few size adjustments. Was fun to sew, and easier than I thought. I shall probably make other ones, with firmer fabric to get more compression.
First, I will try to wear it under a dress. Seems very comfy for a few minutes; I have to test it during a full day to feel how much compression I want!

Anne Johnson

Here is my entry for the May Ultimate Bra-maker’s Challenge.  I made shorts to wear under skirts in the summer with the pattern from the Craftsy class and microfibre fabric.  The waistband uses tunnel elastic.

Cassy Montgomery

Here is my May submission for corsets and bodyshapers.  I decided to complete a project I had planned for my daughter’s Christmas gift several years ago.  It’s a bit late, but is finally done  🙂  I did the underbust corset from Beverley’s Freedom corset pattern.  It was easier than expected although the bias binding nearly did me in. A fun project and I’m really pleased how well it fit her.


My version of the pattern, from the Craftsy course, Sewing Shapewear smooth silhouette. Bra back and to-the-hip and made with the satin power knit tech sheen fabric.


Attached is my May contribution. Shapewear boring? Not necessarily… I sewed these strawberry panties in powernet, a bit useful belly camouflage under a nice summerdress.


Here are photos of my work in progress for the month of May. This underbust corset will be my new “sewing corset”. The coutil and spiral boning help prevent a sore back if I am doing a lot of cutting and sewing. This is my first time doing some pattern matching on a corset and I am fairly pleased with how it turned out. And of course it is purple, so that is always a good thing in my opinion.


I’m pretty excited about this month’s challenge because my shapewear turned out so well. I normally do not wear compression garments, but I’ll make an exception for this one as it feels so comfortable on. I’m very surprised by the fit and performance. I made the basic knee length shapewear from Beverly’s Craftsy class. I did my standard torso lengthening alteration and I made the open crotch version. Comfortable compression that works! I’m very happy with the results.

Jennifer M.

Myrtle’s girdle is a vintage pattern and the sizing was smaller than expected. Size large was supposed to fit size 40-46″ and technically it did but it was too much compression for me. This is version #2 and I added an inch all the way around. I also made two BMS slimming shapers. Version#1 needed its center back raised and diamond lines arched upwards. Version #2 still needs the fit adjusted. It’s a little big and I’ve run out of time.


Here’s my May entry – the Freedom Corset, made last month.


Here’s my effort for May.
Industrial Strength Underwear, the Deluxe Model
It’s got it all:  a belly band, thigh control, posture bar, bum lift(s), crotch slit, a built-in bra, and LACE.  Whew.
Thank you, Beverly, for the Craftsy class, Sewing Shapewear.


I’m so pleased you’re doing this challenge this year. I’ve made a corset now. That’s something I didn’t think I’d manage on my own. And they’re not as hard as I thought!


Here is my entry for May. I did a slimming short with a tummy control panel using  the Smooth Silhouette pattern from Craftsy class. It’s not the sexiest piece of garment! But it gives result!

Great job on the Shape Up Challenge, ladies! We can’t wait to see your colourful makes for June’s theme – “Take Pride”. Remember your entry needs to include the 6 colours in the Pride flag: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple!
5 replies
  1. Ginny
    Ginny says:

    Beautiful work by everyone. I have your book and a few kits,for some time now, but have not attempted a project yet.

    • Beverly Johnson
      Beverly Johnson says:

      It’s the pattern I did for the Craftsy class Smooth Silhouettes. The pattern is part of the online class. If you buy the class, you can download and print the pattern off immediately. Once you buy a class, it is yours forever


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