Lessons Learnt: Making my First Bra
Well it's more like a bralet/ crop top situation instead of a fully structured bra. There wasn't any underwiring, hooks and eyes or other faffing to deal with in making this which made it nice and simple for a first attempt at underwear. I used Madalynne's free pattern for the Mallori Lane which is more for A-C sizes, but she suggests using power net for bigger cups which worked really well for me. As it isn't underwired the support for it comes from compression, much like a crop top or sports bra, but so much prettier and comfier! I spent a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon making this up after a long morning at work. It is seriously one of the most comfortable things I have worn and I am so glad I gave it a go!
So here are a few things I learnt in making my first bralet:
- Help may be required with the placing of the shoulder straps to avoid sticking yourself with pins. R helped with making some pencil marks to avoid this happening!
- Following the instructions by using temporary adhesive spray would probably make it easier and quicker as the layers do have a tendency to slip around a bit. I found a way around this by tacking the layers together which did an ok job.
- It was so much easier to make than I first thought. There are minimal instructions, but they were very easy to understand and the accompanying photographs really helped with this too.
- It would probably look better if I'd used white thread instead of the pinky/mauve colour. Unfortunately I didn't have enough white left and I was too lazy and impatient to make it to wait to get more.
- It is really tricky to photograph well! Although that's probably because of my poor flat lay skills rather than anything else lol.
I really can't stress how much simpler, and quicker it was to make, much more so than I was expecting which is a big plus. The other great thing about making underwear is that you need so much less fabric than other garments which means you can indulge in more pricier, fancy fabrics! I didn't this time as it was my first ever go, and I just bought some pieces from Etsy. In particular I got my supplies from The Bra Shop and Evie La Luve and I received my items really quickly from both shops. I even have enough of the pink lace left to make some matching pants which is always a win. I'm so impressed with how it came out that I am definitely going to buy Madalynne's Simplicity pattern to try making a different style.