Today is a especial day! Not only because this post was planned for Thursday and today is Tuesday (oh, time travel!), nor because it seems that spring has come at last (going out without a coat in April! How crazy is that?). No, today is special because… I’ve finished my first self drafted underwired bra! *applause*. And I’m so proud of it, so I’m going to fill this post with loooooots of pictures! 😉
Last week I joined the Bra-A-Week Challenge , organized by Erin. I participated with my Billie Bralette, but I didn’t say a thing here because… I was on holidays! 😀 I really liked the challenge experience: it’s a good way to improve your sewing by practicing week by week, but also a fantastic opportunity for watching other people’s work (and be so, so jealous of them!!) So, this week I’m going to participate with… the Lillian Bra Top!
Today I’ll introduce you to… Billie! *Applause* Billie is my second self-drafted bralette pattern (you can see the first here).
It features a two part cup (made of low stretch satin and lace), a slim band (black mesh) and metallic closure. I used fold over elastic for everything, but next time I’ll try a wider elastic for the band, to make it more supportive. In addition, I’ll line the lower cup in cotton jersey, to make it slightly sturdier and hide the cup seams!
Today we’re going to alter our Corinne pattern to get this version:
On the front side, it’s like the classic version, but… the surprise is on the back! It has two strips of elastic lace, joined together by a bow.
- Pattern modification + cutting
First, draw a line on the back piece and cut it. Then, add 1/6” seam allowance to the pieces:
- Fabric and supplies
- Our Corinne pattern!
- Stretch fabric (cotton jersey, stretch mesh, lace…) = ¼ yd.
- Some cotton jersey for the crotch lining
- Fold over elastic = 2 yd.
I promised that there was going to be plenty of lacy stuff around this blog. Well… here it is, a little bit of lace! I’ve been drafting the pattern for the panties in the picture, and I’ve just uploaded the pdf. I developed the pattern after a basic brief pattern I sewn during my lingerie course at RosasCraft, taught by Lola Mata (If you’re in Barcelona, you should definitely join in: it’s super fun!).