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!