This gorgeous bra was sadly a bit of a bit of a fail……
I made this set or daughter No. 1 who had requested that I make the back strap , frame and band a bit narrower to take a 2xhook rather than the 3xhook that is suitable for this size.
The green edged pattern pieces are cut back to try to achieve this and are shown sitting on top of the original pattern pieces. Somehow this change made the whole bra too small and the band too tight, even though it seems to be the same length. Predictably, there is not enough coverage at the side of the cups.
Its possibly my most beautifully made bra, as I’m finally perfecting all the techniques. Here I have temporarily adhered the lining which is a 20% dernier tricot form Gjs with a basting spray which i bought from Oz Quilts. Feature fabric is a black mesh from Booby Traps. This stops the two fabrics sliding on each other. I found it almost impossible to sew this slippery lining in place previously.
Another result of my pattern hacking was that the bra wires I had were too long. I chopped them in my husband’s workshop and re-covered the sharp tips with some heat shrinking rubber tubing (also found in his workshop) which was a tip from Amy from Cloth Habit This worked brilliantly!
This was a really fiddly bra with many unexpected mistakes; including sewing the lower cups to the upper cups upside down….. there seems to be a notch marking missing from the pattern. It’s marked on the upper cup, but not on the lower cup, hence the possibility for the error…… Has anyone else noticed this? With this fragile fabric, I had to start over again.
With all these mistakes, the bra must have taken twice as long to make as it normally would have, so to have it not fit after all that was frustrating. Luckily it fits daughter no.2 , though the upper cups are a little large…. hopefully she will grow into them.
On to making another bra for daughter No.1…..no pattern hacking this time.
Bra: Orange Lingerie Malborough in a hacked size 34D
Thong: Gia thong by Ohhh Lulu, size medium with seam allowances added. for standard elastic. (rather than the FOE in the pattern)