Thursday, 26 November 2015

Shelley Bra

This is the Shelley bra from Bra Makers Supply, which I had previously made for my mum.  Used fuchsia duoplex fabric for the cradle, power bar and straps with powernet band and lycra/lace for the cups. A bra without underwires was requested, and as the Shelley is optional for underwires, although you still attach bra channelling for support under the cups, I went with this pattern. Similar to an RTW bra that is supportive without underwires.

I think though that the lycra I used was not strong enough for any support, hence I've had to go and reline the cups with powernet and hope that this will do the job - it feels a lot firmer in the cups now so fingers crossed.  Have shortened the straps by 3cm also, as they seemed to be far too long and the elastic had nowhere to go, having shortened them as much as possible already.

This pattern makes for a very pretty bra, with the four piece cups allowing for use of different fabrics - my mum was very pleased with it. Next one will be made entirely with duoplex and lace to see how different the final product will be support-wise.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Another Boylston - Prettier than the first

After wearing my Boylston for a while (which I thought was pretty perfect at the time - and still love, don't get me wrong!) I felt it wasn't quite the best fit after all. I've had this gorgeous swimwear lycra sitting in my stash and not been brave enough to use it, until now.

I had my sister re-measure me, as trying to do it by yourself is a bit tricky - and came up with a different size (but the same as some RTW bras I have). Previous version I made a 34B - so down a band size from the previous version, to 32 and sizing was A cup by measurements and as I was wanting to use cut-and-sew foam, went up a cup size to 32B size. THIS is the perfect bra!!

I went slower with this bra, but still made some silly mistakes - trying to sew black lining at night is not the best idea and I unpicked one piece more than once, sewing it on back to front. For this version, I removed the seam allowances from the foam just on the inside cup pieces only (previously I removed seam allowances all around the cup pieces) but my thinking was that with sizing being smaller - and hopefully the correct size - I would need seam allowances still on the outside to make sure it fitted properly - and it did!

I had 2 different types of underwires in my cupboard - one from Spotlight which when I measured against Bra Makers Supply wire charts was a 32 regular sizing and the other (which I also used in the previous version) came from MakeBra and against the chart were 32 long. I inserted one of each to see and the regular ones were way too short and meant the cup wasn't fitting as snugly as the long wires which went all the way around. I often wonder which type of wires to use as the patterns I've used so far say "use the underwires that correspond to your size".  How do you know whether to use regular, short, or long wires unless you have some of each to try? Does anyone else out there have this same question in trying to determine wire type to use?

Here is a picture of the back - I did have to cut a small piece out of the back band section to match the hook & eye I had (2 hook) and probably a 3 hook is better for this bra pattern.

There is a bit of a mixture of colours - blue elastics and teal green strapping plus red powernet and hook & eye with silver rings/sliders. Am wondering if it is over-the-top a bit with colours and I should have stuck with my usual "black goes with anything routine" - what do you think?

Just need matching briefs now!