Thank you for the enabling comments about my lin gerie forays. I now feel that I am in fabulous company in the 66 of 28000 on the Stuart Anderson site, and have placed an order with Booby Traps (materials for 2 bras, 1 knickers $60.50 9inc postage - better than $57 per bra RTW for sure). I have also been looking at Fabric Depot, and am sure to place an order on Monday when I get back to a fax machine.
However, I did not buy a pattern. I am feeling stubborn. I traced this off my only RTW bra that is not a moulded cup.
I have actually sewn up a some of a bra from this, but as I do not have any elastic strapping, and have experienced a really poor excuse for a weekend (work, you know, just ruins a weekend IMO), there has not been any sewing progress since Thursday night. I did buy a protractor and compass set for some pattern drafting. I am feeling ambitious.
I am in the fortunate postion of having a local fabric shop at which ling erie supplies are available - at least I thought so until I tried to buy some.
The owner of the shop tells me that she has stopped teaching bra making classes as she was unable to source matching elastics, laces and fabric. Unfortunately I agree with her, these will not make a pretty bra, but it will be OK for practice. She does not stock underwires, so I will use some from an old bra - unfortunately I remember them as digging in and extremely uncomfortable. I think I will get to work with some wire snips. Sewing is getting adventurous around here, venturing into my husband's shed for the wire snips is a a bit of a production.