I’m getting more ‘experimental’ with my cup seams lately: on my last bra, I did a three part cup, and now I’ve tried a vertical seam bra. But I’ve also experimented with fabric: it’s all about satin!
I used grey stretch satin for the frame (lined, to stabilize it), white dotted powermesh for the back and a floral printed satin for the cups (lined with 15 denier). You may recall this printed satin for one of my Me Made May posts: it was the same satin I used for some of my first handmade garments ever, a skirt and a kimono!
I modified the cup seams on my pattern with the help of Beverly Johnson’s course on Craftsy and some trial and error, but I left the frame of the bra intact. So, now the question is: does it fits? Well… sort of. Technically, it fits: no gaping, the seamline goes exactly through the bust point, blah blah blah… But I don’t like the shape, I can’t explain why! Maybe it’s slightly too pointy for my taste. Maybe I’m not used to this kind of bras. Maybe I chose the wrong fabric… I don’t feel comfortable wearing it but, anyway, it’s a pretty bra and I enjoyed playing with cup seams. Even if don’t wear it again, I learned a lot making it, so that’s a thing to consider: there’s no such thing as a failed sewing project, you can always learn some things from it! 😛
What do you think about that? Is there a failed sewing project that has a special place in your heart? 😉
- If you want to know more about vertical seam bras and its characteristics, Sweets wrote a post comparing different types of bras. Also, she recommends seeing this video, which will solve any doubt you still may have 😉
- If you want to alter a bra pattern and make a vertical seam one, I found really useful the Beverly Johnson’s class on Craftsy: Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques
- And also Amy, from the blog Clothhabit, wrote this interesting post about it.