Perhaps it's because we are too embarrassed to make our own? It was kind of difficult for me as...I had to go to my mom's to dig up for left over fabric, lace and her machine.
I had a time answering all the questions from everyone...specially my mom's helpers...while sewing the frills for the top...I said it was a valentine pillow! haha
I know....you must be wondering why all the fuss...well...I come from a very very conservative society!
such attire publicly displayed publicly is considered scandalous :-D...not that the younge generation don't wear them....we do wear them..and plenty more...displayed only for our husbands ;-) to keep up the spice as long as we can..after all....we strongly believe in ' till death do us part!'
Step 1: Gather your materials
soft satin or silk will do and matching lace about 1.5" - 2" wide
elastic and basic sewing skills
if you cant handle a machine.... you could always sew by hand
Step 2: The Top
divide that in 2 and cut 2 rectangles...say below bust is 30,..then you take 15" by 16" long...or ..how ever long you want
don't worry about sewing allowance...the lace will take care of that!
cut one square in half...so it would be 15 x16"
now place your 2" border around on 3 sides of each of the rectangle and and sew on top...gather at corners so that you get a rounded edge.
Next take 2" or 1.5" less than your bust measurement ( i guess it varies according to each one :-)) and cut a strip of lace.
first place the smaller rectangles on each end and sew...now place the larger rectangle and in the center ...slightly overlapping the lace of the others and sew.
attach ribbons to the ends and sew
Btw....I didn't sew a hem for my plain red satin...to avoid fraying I used a soldering iron and burned the edges to avoid fraying...quick simple and easy...do the same for the ribbons :-)