Unfortunately, my maternity bra attempt was a dismal failure. IMO no woman with a nursing baby and a 2 year old should attempt bra sewing. That is my excuse and I am sticking to it.
About 18months ago ago, I was inspired to try again by Katherineh posting about her more modern sewing, with a clever use of fusible fleece to mimic the moulded cups and shaping that seem to be in a lot of lingerie. I ordered 2 kits from Booby Traps.
I joined Sigrid's lingerie sew along.
I did nothing.
Actually, that is a lie, I drafted a pattern to my measurements via Stuart's pattern school site, and even remodelled a set of underwires to fit me. Alas, my first toile was very ill fitting. I went back to knickers and nighties so as to fulfill my obligations to the sew-a-long. Bras were beating me.
However, Sigrid kept posting beautiful creations, Katherine posted about her success with luxurious YSL inspired items, surely I could manage a utilitarian t- shirt bra?
Today I tried cutting up an old bra and drawing a pattern from it.
Disastrous fitting resulted. I decided that the old bra had become malformed due to fabric failure, and was useless for pattern making.
Next I decided that Genevieve would help me.
Here she is allowing herself to be draped.
She is modelling the same type of Bereli bra that I cut up. I really like these bras, and they fit me well, but they cost $70 each, and the fabric quality and garment longevity is definitely going downhill. This brings out my
I used Katherine's fusible fleece method for the cup interlining.
I attached the pieces using bridging stitch, with the edges butted together, then fused it to the cup lining over a rolled towel, to keep the curve.
So far, so good. I constructed the bra (all the support is hidden from the front)
, very pleased that I was at last making use of my Leanne Burgess book, inserted my Sullivan size 12D wires, and discovered that these wires are completely the wrong shape for me. Ouch.
The bra did not flatter either - mysteriously flattening in the wrong places. I wonder if the fleece interlining works better for those with a more elegant and slender bosom? It is more likely that I lack skill in using this technique. Isn't it good that there is always something new to learn in sewing (tries to convince herself that developing new skills is a worthwhile endeavour)
The set looks nicely matchy-matchy so long as I am not wearing it.
(The Ottober 02-2001-20 shorties look even more like traditional Bonds Cottontails than the bikini bottoms.)
I am pleased to have practiced the tricky bra construction (continues to work on her attitude to sewing failures)
Step 3. I went back to the self drafted pattern and my personally clipped and adjusted underwires. I toiled over the toile.
It took all day.
(Reflects very briefly on the considerable satisfaction obtained by chopping up the draped t-shirt bra to allegedly re-use the notions for the toile. Destruction of first bra was purely a side-effect)
I will make a bra tomorrow, or maybe next year.