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|Pin-up Girls: 1230 (Classic Bra) - Type:Lingerie |
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|About SusanStitcher |
|Member since: 12/22/10 |
|Reviews written: 8|
|Sewing skills:Advanced Beginner|
|patterns reviewed: 5|
|Posted on:||2/7/13 3:48 PM |
|Last Updated:||2/12/13 8:50 AM|
Pin-up Girls Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
|Fabric:||Duoplex [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
beautifully fitting bra from the Pin-up Girls! This classic full band bra can be made with or without underwires and has great lift and support. It has been specially designed to use with Simplex and other low-stretch fabrics, which give the best support and a flattering profile. This is the pattern featured in The Bra-makers Manual. The pattern has two views - one with lace trim on the upper cup and one made without lace. Both views use fabric for extra comfortable straps. This pattern is available in over 90 sizes. Be sure to pick the size range that suits your needs.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 30-38 E-H, I chose 32F.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I bought this pattern as part of a kit including a CD of Vol. 1 of the Bra Maker's Manual. While the pattern instructions were very clear, the manual does include quite a bit of information about how to determine cup and wire size prior to cutting and sewing as well as how to make future fit alterations. Since this is my first bra, I considered these tips almost essential to having success. If all you can afford is the pattern, however, everything is there to make the bra as drafted. Directions are complex but clear.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really appreciated the specific instructions on which sort of stitch to use at various points.
I used duoplex for the cups and powernet for the back band. These were the standard items in the kit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely! I still want to add more underarm coverage as I am dissatisfied with the fit on the upper outer edge. I'd also like to try some more attractive fabrics. I still need to tweak fit before I start adding whistles and bells though.
Overall, I find this to be a good pattern for those with small backs and large cups. I would recommend that if you are buying your supplies along with the pattern, that you give yourself a generous allowance for the wires. Order two up and two down from what you THINK you are. Wires are cheap but shipping is not.
There were two parts of the pattern that I found confusing or in error. The first was the instructions on exactly where to bar tack the front channelling. I ended up tacking mine too far below the center front (I thought it meant 1/2 inch below that point) which made for a very tight squeeze when I bar tacked the outer channelling edges. Definitely check this before you sew.
Secondly, the hook and eye tape was slightly narrower than the edges of the back band. If I had realized this, I could have trimmed the band before adding the straps to make for a neater fit. I will certainly do this in future bras.
The duoplex has NO stretch but a little give. As such, it makes for a very supportive bra but a rather unforgiving one. I'd like to see how this works with a fabric with a tiny bit more stretch.
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