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|Self Drafted Pattern: 60447-1001 (soft bra 1) - Type:Lingerie |
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|Posted on:||3/11/13 5:15 PM |
|Last Updated:||3/12/13 6:06 AM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Duoplex [See other projects in this fabric]|
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On the Foundations Revealedwebsite, there are articles by Mark Garbarczyk. These go into the drafting of bras both wired and soft(unwired) This bra is the result of going through the detailed drafting process to creat a bra to your own measurements.
Custom to my own measurements
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think this is close to the photos supplied.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Excellent. The Foundations Revealed site has some free articles and others which include the soft bra, which can be read by buying a subscription to the site. This is well worth it, especially for someone like me who has never made a bra before. It meant that I was confident about changing seaming to suit myself.
I find many bras scratchy on my scars so I decided to make this a lined bra to avoid any seams.
I intend to put wire casing around the bottom of the cup but I don't have any at the moment.
I am a bit spacially challenged, the thought of making 4 cups, each with fabric with no visible right side was daunting. Brilliant idea occurred. Being a teacher, I have plenty of stickers, so I put different coloured stickers on the outside of each of the 4 cup patterns.
This worked a treat and I only had to unpick one cup when I put a piece on with the sticker on the wrong side.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the way the powernet wings come up the side of the cup to the strap. This creates a nice shape and holds the sides in.
Side wing view
Nothing to dislike - by designing your own, you only have yourself to blame if you do something you don't like.
The patterned fabric is a lycra powernet from Sewing Chest (what an inspired name.) It is not as thick as I had hoped, but being my first bra, I have only a few bits and pieces and this was the only way I could make a whole wearable bra. The cups and bridge/cradle are lined with what I think is duoplex so they do not stretch. The wings I used the powernet double.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
In the picture
you can see the first cup style with a horizontal seam and the second with a diagonal seam. I think the diagonal is nicer, here is the way I changed the seaming.
After a mastectomy, my left bosom was created from spare 'tummy' whilst the right was reduced from its original H cup. I am now somewhere between an A and B. My right side is significantly smaller, making my own bra means that I can adjust the sides to fit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will make this again, I will wear this one for a while to check for problems, then go for it with the supplies which are arriving soon.
Brilliant insight into bra design gave me confidence to get started. Give it a go.
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