I have to say, I really do love sewing bras. There is something very addicting about that little bit of lace, material, and elastic. I also have to say, I really loved making a bra from a pattern I drafted. When I made my first bra five years ago, I never thought I’d do this!
I was thinking now I have a pattern I love completely, and that fits so well, it’s time to get on with my Spring Wardrobe. However, I decided one more test bra first. I can always use another black bra.
For this bra, I chose some lovely black lace with red details. Along with that lace, I chose black duoplex and power net, but red elastics to make the red in the lace really pop.
This is one of the gorgeous laces I bought at Fabricland last year for $2.50/meter. Oh, I had fun stocking up on those laces.
For this bra, I made the underarm smaller. I add 1/8-inch back to the bottom of the cradle as the thinned band under the cradle was a really tight sew last time. As well, I added 1/4-inch to the top of the cradle where the wire ends as it was just a touch short there.
You might be wondering how all these alterations worked out? Let’s take a look.
Here’s my newest bra from the front:
I really love the red elastics on the top and bottom of the band.
Here’s the side:
I’m asking the famous Mrs. Weaver for a bit of help again. The side of my bra is doing what this very pretty Empreinte Maya bra is doing. (Photo from Amazon.ca)
See how the bra pulls in at the wire line at the side? Mine is doing that, and I need to figure out what I need to adjust to make it not do that. Thank goodness for all the professional bra-makers out there!
And here’s the back of the bra:
It’s such a pretty bra! I love the lace and the red elastics. Looking at this photo of the back, I can see I need to trim those red elastics just a smidge more.
Lastly, here’s the bridge – I widened the bottom of it. You can see here with my navy bra beside it that it’s wider.
I need a little more room there, so this is much better.
I’m especially pleased with my sewing this week as I’d hurt my knee and all my sewing was left-footed sewing.
P.S. You may want to read Just One More Stop at the Fabric Store.
Did you see Orange Lingerie has just published a new bra pattern? It’s lovely!
You can find the Fenway bra on Etsy.