Maybe you remember my review of Kristina Shin’s book Patternmaking for Underwear Design. Well, after my sewing machine came back from the dead I started to practice with some patterns from this book. And I like to start from the beginning, so here you have a bra made with the first bra pattern explained by Shin:
Although, as I mentioned, all the examples in the book are drafted for a size 34B, Shin’s method is based on actual body measurements. So the only thing I had to do was to use my measurements instead of hers! I haven’t had any major issues with the pattern, but from the sensation that the cradle was slightly shorter that it was supposed to be (the casing barely covered the underwire!). But I’m not going to blame Mrs. Shin for that: most likely I made a mistake while drafting this part of the pattern, or maybe I cut the fabric with a little more eagerness than I should…
The main fabric I’ve used is pale pink stretch mesh, plus black powermesh for te back. I’ve lined the mesh with nylon tricot (cradle) and sheer cup lining. I haven’t included foam for the lower cup, as Shin suggests, because I wanted to preserve the sheerness of the mesh, but next time I’ll experiment with cut-and-sew foam. Also, I’m going to narrow the center piece (just a little bit) to improve the fit. But I’m pretty happy with the result! The fit is really good, so you can see that Mrs. Shin definitely knows what she’s talking about!
Now I’m thinking about which one of Shin’s patterns I’m going to make next! Have you tried the patterns in this book? Are you joining me in the Kristina Shin’s fan club? 😛