Adventures in bra making
Part of my goal to sew more lingerie this year is to make more bras. I want to really immerse myself in the techniques of bra-making and truly master this skill.
Part of the reason is because I love fancy underwear. I don’t know why, but there is just something about wearing really high quality underthings that makes me feel very grown up. However, fancy underthings come with high price tags. Lacy, silky, pretty bras are also often not the most supportive things in the world, which pretty much kills them for a busty gal like me.
I decided to try out this Pin-Up Girls Classic Bra pattern, because I’d read some good reviews. To make things simple, I decided to get the findings kit to go with it, which is a great way to try it out without spending too much or having to figure out the lengthy supplies list.
The pattern is pretty awesome. The fit is comparable to some of my best bras, and the instructions walk you through every step in sufficient detail. I’m excited to make more! This particular fabric doesn’t excite me in the least, but just think of all the variations you could do with fabric and lace.
(If it looks a little baggy on the dressform’s chest, it’s because she’s a cup size smaller than me.)
The only thing I need to work on a little is the elastic tension. It’s difficult to know exactly how much to stretch as you’re sewing to get the desired fit, but now that I’ve made one I have a pretty good idea.