The Knock-Off Bra & the Lingerie Course

During the last weeks I’ve been attending to a Lingerie Course at Rosascrafts, with Lola Mata as teacher. It’s been really fun and I’ve learned a lot of things, while filling my lingerie drawer with hundreds of new bras and panties! 😉

As a final exercise to this first part of the course, we had to reverse engineering a RTW bra. In my case the Chosen One was a H&M soft bra, with a pretty design but some peculiar colours… It was pale pink (like baby-bedroom-pink) trimmed with light BROWN lace. Seriously, brown. I like brown, but, I mean, NOT for lingerie. Not THAT brown paired with THAT pink. (Dear H&M designers, what the **** were you thinking??!)

Anyway, since I didn’t take any photos of “The Thing” (your eyes should thank me), you’ll only have my version of it:

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The pattern is pretty simple: the cups are more or less triangle-shaped, gathered at the center for shaping, and their sides are sewn to a rectangular band. At the center back there is a triangle that holds the straps, creating a Y shaped back.

The fabric is black mesh (2 ways stretch) and the cups are left unlined (unlike the original model) because I wanted to preserve the sheerness of the fabric. They are trimmed with burgundy stretch lace, and I’ve used 3/8” plush back elastic for the band and 5/8” strap elastic for the straps, plus a center closure.

It fits quite well (as you can see on Greta), although it doesn’t provide much support.

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And here are some other things I’ve made at the lingerie course. I hope you like it! At the second half of the course we’re going to work with cut-and-sewn foam. Wish me luck!



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