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A full band bra can be made with or without underwires and features a power bar for push-ahead support, as well as a split lower cup for extra room. It has been specially designed to use with Simplex and other low-stretch fabrics, which give the best support and a flattering profile. This pattern is available in 90 sizes.
I chose the yellow package, sizes 30 to 38, cup sizes E to H.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I can't believe that I made a bra! I had spent a lot of time searching the internet before embarking on this adventure (I'm a beginner sewist and not a star at following patterns). I settled on this pattern as it was a full coverage cut and sew style of bra.
I fully agree that the hardest part of sewing a bra is NOT the actually sewing, but trying to figure out how on earth to determine one's correct size.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern is made on thick paper and was easy to trace. The instructions were in a big booklet and are well written.
Duoplex for the cups, stretch lace for upper cup, power net for the back band. Bra notions are required, and I made my life easier by simply ordering a bra kit (many colours to choose from) for both the fabric/lace as well as the various elastics etc. Both, as well as the pattern, were from Bra Makers Supply. Underwires are an option.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
In some of the European RTW bras, I'm a 36E or DD, so that I made this bra, without making a trial bra. I've since learned NOT to do that I found that the band was too tight (most likely bec I erroneously pulled on the bottom band elastic, even though the instructions did not say to do so), and the cups were a touch small so I opted to go up a band and cup size on the second version - a 38E - much better!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have already made a second, larger bra and have cut the pieces to make one for my mum. I've ordered a lot of fabric and can't wait to sew more of these wonderful bras!
I'm so pleased with this pattern - can't believe that I made a bra that looks nice enough for family/friends to say that it looks store bought (meant as a compliment!)
Even better is that the pattern maker can be easily contacted! She is wealth of info, has a wonderful sense of humour and has created reference texts on the subject of bra making too!