Hi my dears,
I love warm seasons and beautiful days. The air scented with flowers and biking around from one place to another. Life is beautiful!! ❤
Today I bring you one of my first trials in bra making. Bras can be a challenge. Could you imagine making your own bras? There are so many advantages to this skill. However, it may be scary at first since they require the appropriate structure to provide support to our body, especially if you have a “large” bust (>B or a C cup).
The first time I made a bra I followed an online sew-along. The resulting alien was pretty terrible… The seams were bulky and the fit was off. I was so discouraged, but I learned a lesson: to make a bra I needed the right materials and instruction. Although my first attempt was unsuccessful, I did learn about what to look for in a well fitting bra. I realized none of my bras fitted properly!! I realized that the bra size I required was not available in the majority of the stores and that I would have to visit a specialty bra store to find one that fulfilled my new fit expectations. Once I found the store and the model I was truly happy with, I stuck exclusively to that one. The next issue was that the bras that fitted properly were pretty expensive and only available in white, nude and black. What about the happiness of color-loving full busted women???
It wasn’t until Beverly Johnson, the Fairy Bra Mother and owner of Bra makers supplies, started to teach in Craftsy and her wisdom and instruction became available world-wide that I jumped on the opportunity of making my own bra. She has a couple of classes on the platform: one in bra construction and fit and another in bra design techniques.
I signed up for the class and purchased the kit from her website which included the pattern (which goes up to a size 48 H) and materials (with all the different fabrics, elastics and closures you need). I also got some more kits to make other bras in beautiful colors.
Today I bring you a self-made bra I’m proud of. I created it using the pattern above in size 42 E with no pattern modifications. I decided to make it in lavender (lilac) with a pop of pink, because who doesn’t like pink?
Although the fit is not perfect, I believe it is pretty good for a first trial to the pattern. The band is a bit tight and I added an extension to wear it more comfortably throughout the day. Next time I will cut a one size bigger band size.
I would also love to try Andie’s suggestions on how to clone my favourite ready to wear bra pattern. We’ll see how that goes.
What do you think? Do you like it? Do you have a full bust? Do you have trouble finding bras that fit well and you like? Have you tried making your own bras? Did you know about these resources? Would you dare to try?