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!
First thing you need to know about Lillian: the fabric is AMAZING. But it’s really hard to photograph, so you’ll have to trust me 😉 . Lillian is made of black stretch lace, but the lace motive has been embroidered on a thin fabric made of bronze colored threads… except that, when light hits them, they turn completely transparent! (yes, I know that it looks ORANGE in the photos, and my heart dies a little every time I see it). That game of lights and shadows, hiding and showing the body at the same time, inspired me to name this pattern Lillian, after Lillian Bassman (a wonderful photographer that you should be searching on Google NOW).
My inspiration has been this crop bra made by Elma (oh, boy, I would buy her entire shop!) and this top by Oysho (It’s me or the mass market lingerie stores are trying to mimic the esthetics of indie designers? This season, Oysho and Women’Secret are full with soft bras suspiciously similar to the ones by some Etsy brands…)
For the Lillian bra top I’ve used my basic sloper for stretch fabrics (you can find a good tutorial here) and made a few changes (move the darts, narrow the shoulders and modify the back).
The front part is lined with pale pink mesh, in order to hide every seam. Also, I’ve used ½” plush back elastic for the band, 3/8” plush back elastic for the armholes and ½” strap elastic for the adjustable criss-crossed straps. The top closes at the neck with a metal button.
And here you have Greta again, modeling the Lillian bra top! Isn’t she elegant?