The talented Ana released her Maya bra pattern some time ago and asked for pattern testers. And I believe that nearly all the sewers out there jumped at the opportunity! So, if anyone of you is thinking about making this pattern, that’s my experience with it!
All pattern testers had to fill in a form stating their size, so Ana could send the pattern to everyone on their exact size. Quite impressive! As I wasn’t sure if my US bra size was 28D or 28E, Ana was kind enough to email me the pattern on both sizes. Isn’t it a great customer service? 😉 I finally made the size 28E.
The pattern has 8 pieces: cradle, back, 3 for each foam cup and another 3 for each fabric cup. There are 2 additional cradle and back pieces, so you can choose to close the bra with a 2×3 hook & eye closure or a wider 3×3 hook & eye closure. All the pattern pieces are properly labelled with the pattern name, the size (European size, US size and UK size), the direction of greatest stretch, notches and seam allowance. However, I think it would be nice to include the name of each piece too (eg. “Upper cup”, “lower inner cup”, “lower outer cup”, etc.). As I see it, it could make construction easier.
The pattern didn’t come with instructions, but Ana has a very detailed bra sew along posted on her blog. So even if you’re a beginner bra-maker you’ll have almost every doubt answered on Ana’s blog.
I’ve used white lace and foam for the cups, purple satin for the cradle (lined to stabilize it) and pale pink powermesh for the back. I’ve also used ½” plush back elastic for the bottom band and a purple elastic trim for the top. The straps and the 2×3 hook & eye closure are from an old bra.
Alterations & Adjustments
I’ve sewn the bra without making any alterations, in order to test the pattern as it is. After finishing it, I realised that the bridge was a little too wide for me, so next time I’ll narrow it by 1/8”. I’ve also found out that I couldn’t sew the second pass of the top band elastic (when the elastic is turned to the wrong side) because then I wouldn’t have enough space to insert the wire. I was using a standard wire in my usual size, so maybe the pattern was drafted for a shorter kind of wire (or maybe I did a mistake when I cut the pattern!). I solved the issue by not turning the elastic to the wrong side, and sewing an elastic trim instead.
The best part of this bra is, without any doubt, the cup shape: I love it!!! The fit of the bra was really good (apart from the bridge being a little too wide), and it’s very supportive (although I don’t have a particularly large bra size, but still). The bra provides a lovely round shape, thanks to the three part cup and the use of foam, and I really really like it. In fact, as far as cup fit is concerned, it’s one of my best fitting bras!!
So, I absolutely recommend this pattern! It’s perfect if you want a pretty bra that gives you a lifted, round shape, and the foam cups mean that the fabric possibilities for making this bra are almost endless! However, if you prefer less structured or lighter bras, it may not be the right pattern for you. Nevertheless, you can always try to sew it leaving out the foam. I’m sure every version of this bra is going to be so pretty!
Have you tried the Maya bra yet? Tell me what do you think! 🙂