Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bra Two!

I'm declaring my second bra a success!  I used the new Pin-Up Girls Shelley Bra pattern and made the size 32G with no alterations and it fits nicely and is super comfy!!!   I think the multi-piece cup is attractive, supportive and will allow for all sorts of fun fabric and lace combinations.  Yep, I'll definitely be making this one again and again :D!

I took this bra for a "test drive" today, wearing it during my long daily walk.  I actually forgot I was wearing it, so consider that a great indicator of comfort.  No bounce either --- which is a huge plus and a virtual miracle in my world!  

For bra #3, I will move the strap tabs inward just a tad since my shoulders are on the narrow side, and while the straps are not slipping off I do think they'd feel more secure moved in slightly.  Also, when I reach forward the outer edge of the straps rub a bit at the front of my shoulder and I think moving the position slightly toward center will remedy that problem.

I used white simplex, powernet and findings from a Fabric Depot kit combined with some nylon lace that's been languishing in my stash for 30 years! I stabilized the upper cup edge with a strip of sheer tricot as recommended, but next time I think I'll try a strip of clear elastic instead. The lace is rigid, but does have a smidge more give than the tricot strip. 

I love this pattern and can't wait to sew another one in a jazzier fabric & lace combo!  I'm currently a bit obsessed with bra-making and fear I may end up with a huge collection.  But hey, a girl could have worse vices than homemade undies!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bra One Done!

Long-long-long spell sans postings here!

For the past few weeks I've been taking part in a Bra-Making Sew Along led by Amy of Cloth Habit.  So much fun!  Sewing lingerie is much easier than one might expect. 

I'd say that, for me anyway, that fiddling around with fit has been somewhat tedious.  I imagine my fellow sew-alongers may have similar feelings.  However, with expert guidance from Amy and Norma the seemingly mysterious art of bra-making has been made accessible!  Thank you so much ladies :D!

Bra one is now complete, and a couple amateur moves on my part resulted in a bit of a snug fit in the upper cup.  Easily tweaked and remedied for round two though.  And though the fit is slightly off, I am pleasantly surprised by how great the finished garment looks!