About 2 years ago, when I was finishing my Art History degree, I chose an elective course about contemporary Latin-American art, and I discovered a lot of really talented artists! I had heard some things before about the inimitable Frida Kahlo, but names like Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros were almost new to me (and many, many others!). I learned about the colorful world of the Mexican muralism, its striking imagery and its rich folklore. One of the folkloric elements that those artists used was the “Catrina“, a skull that symbolises the goddess Mictecacihuatl, “The Lady of Death”. (You can see a famous painting by Diego Rivera depicting the Catrina here)
So, the moment I saw this fabric all my student memories came back to me: I could do nothing but buy it! 😉 Isn’t it gorgeous? Now I’m doing the finishing touches to the skirt I’ve made with it (I’ll blog about it soon!) but the left over fabric was still too pretty to throw it away. What could I do? Yes, you’re right: a bra! 😛
I tried a very simple design, as I wanted the fabric to stand out. The cups are made of this “Catrina” fabric and have two darts for shaping, while the back of the bra is made of powermesh. I’ve used some stretch lace for the bottom band, and I’ve “rescued” the straps from an old bra: I wanted contrasting straps, but I only had black strap elastic in my stash! Also, I placed them close together at the back, creating some kind of V shape.
The resulting bra is really comfy, although the fabric is quite delicate. That’s why I’m not going to use it for longing around the house as I do with most of my soft bras, but instead I’m saving it for special occasions: I like to show it off under sheer blouses or T-shirts with low necklines! Don’t you think that it’s a great layering piece? 🙂