This is one project I just could not understand - making a stock-standard bra. Nothing spesh. Plain and ordinary.
This underwire bra pattern uses
- power net for the back bands,
- plush elastic for the band base and top,
- picot elastic for the top cup edges finished,
- self made shoulder straps from tricot and
- self made wire channelling.
I decided to use pre-made shoulder straps and re-made underwire chanelling.
Most of my notions were bought at Metro Fabrics, the Remnant Warehouse and from an ebay seller who was selling their lingerie fabrics and notions. I should have bought 3x3 hook/eye sets.
My first two attempts were plain stupid. I had no knowledge about the fabrics needed, types of elastics, underwires, shoulder straps, hooks and the list goes on and on.
|This is my 3rd attempt and I've salvage some of the notions.|
|Here's my 4th attempt.|
It's taken me two years to go back to the first two attempts and try again. The first two attempts were failures but I was able to tweak the pattern pieces for a better fit.
There are a number of stitch types used to a decent bra that I hadn't used before. It took several viewings of Craftsy's bra making course to learn about the stitching. Beverly Johnson is a certainly a bra fairy or bra-whisperer and owner of Bra makers supply. I bought this course on sale and it's now got me over the line.
|Beverley advises to place all your pieces and notions on a board when you're about to start sewing.|
What did I change
|The lace version is full lace cup and some lace on the side and on the bridge.|
I also darted out some space in the upper cup piece because it seemed too wide at the top.
The bridge is also slimmer than the pattern.
|Measuretwicecutonce Mary knickers with Kwik Sew 3300|
Beverly's knowledge made the Kwik Sew instructions a lot more workable. When I first attempted this pattern I put it aside because there were too many variables that I did not understand #noidea.
There isn't a local bra making workshop so being able to go back through the class steps when I needed them has helped me made this bra pattern work.
My main blogger sewing references are Fehr Trade, kathhhhy, Ms McCall, Sigrid and measuretwicecutonce.
After I made these bras I found this pattern freebie page.
I've since worn the lace bra all day: it sits properly; is comfortable to wear; and has been through the wash and come out unscathed.
I'll only post up future bras posts if:
- they look amazing or
- I've used a different pattern or
- I attempt to sew a sports bra.
So for now, that's my bra making story.