Full coverage underwire bra has stretch satin cups, back hook closure and optional tapered straps Pattern Sizing:
Multi size pattern 32A-40DD Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
More or less except that I added elastic along the upper cups and bridge. Click Here Side view Blurry Back Photo Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the instructions were easy to follow What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked that it is a full coverage partial band bra. I disliked that the back of the bra is narrow and not long enough. I wound up not using it. The great part about bra making is that there are only usually only four main pattern pieces! Fabric Used:
Polyester Charmeuse Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Where do I begin? It took six tries before I was able to get a well fitting bra. Not to try reinventing the wheel, I morphed Elan 530 with the Anne St Claire Queen Bra Elite. I mainly used the band from the Queen Bra Elite to get a band that fit and from there I redrew the 530 cups to the correct size. I didn't like the horizontal seam in the QBE pattern. Like the QBE I eliminated the findings on the straps as a custom made bra shouldn't need them. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have every intention of using it again because my goal is to buy very few bras in the future. I've taken a hands-on bra making class with Anne St Clair so I didn't have any issues with assembly. I don't think I would be as confident with bra making without that experience. It takes me about two hours to make the bra. By the time I got dressed, drove to the store and tried on lots of bras, it would probably take the same amount of time. Conclusion:
I've learned a lot about bra making. Beverly Johnson's Bra Maker's Manual is a fantastic reference book to add to your sewing arsenal if you plan on tackling bra making. If you'd like to read about my failed attempts and see my progress, please visit my blog for all the details.