I love sewing bras, but I’ve been a little disappointed with how they were turning out. Happily, a little more practice later and I’ve finally made a bra I actually like. (It might also be because the lace was so pretty I was deathly afraid of messing it up!)
The reason I decided to make a darted lace cup is because of the absolutely gorgeous Italian lace I bought on Etsy. I wanted to put the lovely lace flowers front and center, which is why I chose to pair it with the dusky rose color.
Given that I’ve been using a host of different underwires, I ended up having to adjust the darted cup pattern I originally drafted to fit the slightly shallower underwire shape (it was still a 34B wire). It was also a challenge to make sure the lace on both sides matched! Switching around underwires all the time is definitely testing my drafting skills (and patience).
Here you can see how I lined the stretch silk charmeuse with a black net to make sure I had a solid, supportive cradle. My topstitching is really a weak point (made all the more obvious by the black on pink) but I believe it is improving, which is the important thing.
The lace was ultimately a little too delicate to be used for the entire cup, but I didn’t want to line it in black because it would lose the clarity of the pattern on skin. This lace certainly wouldn’t stand up to the weight of a larger bust– next time I might try lining it in a pink net in order to not lose the gorgeous lace pattern, but still offer more support.
If I were to make this bra again, I would definitely think about including a side sling to increase the amount of control and make this less of a ‘boudoir only’ bra. I also always seem to have trouble including enough wire play! I need to remember to leave extra in my patterns because there is something about the way I construct my bras that means that everything except the wire channelling is patterned correctly!
What I love about having made this bra is that it really celebrates its materials– isn’t that rose lace perfect?