The Little Purple Bra

Although my exams aren’t over yet, the most difficult ones have passed, so last week I was able to sneak in some sewing between all the study time. Yay! It had to be a quick project, so corsets are off the table for now (but my second corset is coming in the next few weeks, I promise!). Can you guess what I’ve made? 😉

Look at that gorgeous lace!

YES! A bra!! 😛 Some time ago, I made my first vertical seam bra and the fit wasn’t completely right, so I decided to attempt a second time! Also, I was desperate to use some purple lace I bought some time ago. It’s a really pretty fabric, with a scalloped edge and some flowers embroidered near it. It has a little amount of stretch, so I thought it could be used to make the bra cups.

Purple bra complete

Do you recognise the fabric at the frame of the bra? Yes, it’s from the same shirt I used to make this refashioned bra! And the back is made from black stretch lace.

I made some modifications to my previous vertical seam bra pattern, like rounding the seams a little more and lowering the neckline, that’s why this bra is more like a demi than a full cup (If you aren’t sure about the differences between a full cup and a demi bra, Amy from ClothHabit published a really useful guide some days ago!). The fabric is quite sheer and I haven’t lined it, so it’s a pretty cheeky bra 😉 Also, I’m happy to say that this time I’ve got the fit right! My previous vertical seam bra was slightly pointy, but this one is just right. That said, this is an unlined bra and the fabric is quite delicate, so it hasn’t got much structure and the shape isn’t super-rounded either (I’m looking at you, Maya bra!). It provides a pretty natural and relaxed shape.

Purple bra

So, that’s all for today! My exams will be over by next week, so I’ll have some more time to show you a couple of interesting projects that I have on mind. For now, I’m going to publish this post quickly and send it to Emerald Erin’s Bra-a-Week just in time! Have you heard that she opens her bra-making Studio today?! Erin, I wish you the best of luck with your new adventure!! 😉



  1. So stunning Sofia! The lace is exquisite 🙂 I hope the exams are going well! I’m so relieved to be finished mine and back to sewing as much as I like…well, maybe not as much as I’d like – the I wouldn’t be sleeping 😛

    1. Thanks Maddy!! My exams are going well so far, I hope yours too! 🙂 I still have some assignments to do, but tomorrow is the last exam! I can be back to sewing again! Yay! 😛 (And yes, I’d be sewing all day too. Sleeping is for cowards! 😉

  2. I have to agree with, Maddy, this bra is stunning. The combination is working great. The result – exquisite! I really love the colors. Purple will always be luxurious 🙂

    1. Thanks, Ana!! I love purple, it feels so glamurous! 😉 The colour combination happened by chance, actually: I saw some shirt scraps laying around and thought “Why not?”. And then I ended up loving the colours too! 🙂

    1. Hahahaha! Well, the Maya bra and this one are different styles, maybe for different moments in the day! 😉 In Spain, where I live, almost all RTW bras are like the Maya bra, so I’m used to that shape. But the beauty of sewing your own clothes is that you can play with different styles that aren’t easy to find in stores. That’s why I also love more natural-shaped bras like this one 🙂 Thank you for your comment! ^^

      PS: I’ve been following your blog for quite a long time, and I can’t tell you how many vintage sewing books I’ve discovered thanks to it. Seriously, thank you! 🙂

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