A Few Alterations

My third bra draft was pretty good. In fact, it would have been wearable except I used water-soluble thread. That little fact alone would make it good for one wearing only. Well, the water-soluble thread and the fact that it was slapped together…

It fit pretty well. That’s what I’m really trying to say here.

There were only a couple of changes I still wanted to make to this. I wanted to add a bit to the underarm area for more coverage there – just a half-inch. I wanted to round the cups a touch at the apex. And I wanted to lower the bridge a half-inch as well.


While I was making those couple of changes I listed above, I decided to change the style of the bra too. I added a power bar. So  now it’s the same style as the Pin-up Girls Shelley pattern with a split lower cup and a power bar. Shelley has been my favorite pattern, so it only makes sense I make something like that. 

Making these changes were such much easier than the actual drafting of the cups. That was much more of a challenge.


After soaking my bra, all the threads dissolved, and I was left with bits again. This is great as I can re-use most of these bits. It’s just the cups I need to cut fresh. I found the band too big as well, so have adjusted that. It’s all ready to go for a second sew. 

Stay tuned for my bra-drafting. I’m hoping only one more draft and I’m cutting into some gorgeous lace again.

Seize the Day

Remember how I couldn’t put a bow on Em’s Watson because she didn’t want to take it off once she’d tried it on? Well, I had my chance. The circumstances surrounding this? Well, I don’t want to know. I do know the bralette was on the floor and got stepped on… That was already more than I wanted to know.

It seems little plastic rings can’t withstand being stepped on. I had to repair the bra. I replaced the rings and sliders with metal ones from a little second-hand bra I bought. I also added the bow! I had no intention of missing that opportunity.

Happy creating!

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6 thoughts on “A Few Alterations

  1. I just love reading your blogs and find them so encouraging/inspiring as I continue on my own bra-making journey. I’m attempting to get up the nerve to draft my own….

    1. Thank you so much, Vicki! Your comments encourage me. Best of luck on drafting! There are a lot more resources out there now, and it’s a great time to be making our own bras.

  2. Michelle, do you mind me asking where you buy your water soluble thread? I thought I had some, but when I went looking for it, I couldn’t find it and couldn’t remember where I bought it. (I live in Edmonton).

    1. Hi Joanne, I don’t mind you asking at all. After not finding it in our local Fabricland stores, I ordered online. I think eBay had a better price than Amazon. I didn’t check Marshall’s so they may have it. I think it’s more of a quilting product, so if there’s a quilting store nearby, check there. It is really worth it if you have to order it online.

      1. Thanks, Michelle. I found it on Amazon.ca for what looks like a fairly reasonable price, with free shipping, so I might just order online.

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