|I've sewn a LOT of bras, and I've found it's pretty easy to make ones that look very pretty, but it's incredibly difficult to make ones that fit, are comfortable, and that flatter. After something like 8 or 9 attempts, I finally think I've cracked it with this one.|
I'd painstakingly traced a RTW bra, then muslined, and altered that pattern to create the eyelash bra. The cups on that one were fine, but I have some gorgeous turquoise lace in my stash from Danglez' closing down sale (sniff!), and it was too narrow for my one-dart cup pattern. So before I could even start sewing, I had to do some pattern drafting manipulation first - introducing some seam lines to account for the narrow lace, split and rotate the dart around a bit, and voila! Now I've got a three part cup!
I was so happy with the fit of this bra that I made myself a matching pair of Lacey Thongs (my free downloadable pattern, if you'd forgotten!) to go with it. Seriously, I love these panties, and I can't have too many in my lingerie drawer! The turquoise lace here was only slightly stretchy, so I erred on the larger size with my pattern, and I'm glad I did because they fit great. (Photos)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I have a bra pattern that FITS! Scream it from the mountaintop!
Particulars seem small in comparison to this fact, though - All the elastics were sewn on first with zigzag, then with three-step zigzag so the picot edges are just peeking out, the lace cup seams were all topstitched to reduce bulk, and I used narrower picot elastic on the leg edges of the panties. I finished it both pieces off with a little bow motif! (Detail photos)
I am so, so excited to finally have a bra that I've made that fits, is flattering and comfortable, and a gorgeous, comfortable set to make me feel great underneath whatever I'm wearing. I'm so pleased with this that I've already started on another set!
To see way more photos (including shots of me modelling it, eep), and my tips on sewing your own bras, head over to FehrTrade.com!