DIY: Strappy Bralette in Off-White/Forest Green

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As I make more and more bras for myself, I’m starting to see that I prefer bralettes to underwire bras. I used to think that my ideal bra is a no-fuss black T-shirt bra with a partial band design. I’ve since come to realize that I don’t fit a standard underwire size and I don’t really need the support that underwires provide. Instead, I’ve started indulging in sewing strappy bralette designs. This is another go at Jazz Ro’s free bralette pattern (found here).

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So this iteration actually looks way better on the dress form than it does on me. There’s excess fullness and slight gaping at the front neckline when I wear this bralette. The previous iteration fits better, and it may have to do the fact that I did not trim the seam allowance before lining up the edges of the cups with the scallop edge of the lace so the finished cups are slightly bigger than the previous version’s.

Changes to the Next Iteration: Pinch out the front neckline slightly to prevent gaping. Reduce fullness of princess seams slightly.

Details
Bra Pattern: Jazz Ro DIY Bralette
Fabric (Self): White & Silver Stretch Lace from Tailor Made Shop

Most of the materials used for this bralette are remanent trims/notions/fabrics from my personal stash.

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DIY: Strappy Bralette in Pink/Peach/Lilac

DIY Strappy Bralette

So recently, I came across this free strappy bralette tutorial and it immediately went on my priority sewing list because I love, love, love strappy bralettes that have a edgy or cool look. I actually made this last Sunday and wore it twice this past week. I’m happy to report that it fits really well and will only need a few small adjustments to achieve the perfect fit.

DIY Strappy Bralette

Changes to the Pattern: The XS cups fit really well on me (size reference: 30AA/30AAA). I made the straps extending from the CF and the side shorter (5.5″ instead of 6″) and added a strap that went around the rib cage in addition to the usual bra band. I think it’s a good style for smaller chests and ladies who like the strappy bra look.

DIY Strappy Bralette

Details
Bra Pattern: Jazz Ro DIY Bralette
Fabric (Self): Blush Floral Lace from Lace Fabrics

Most of the materials used for this bralette are remanent trims/notions/fabrics from my personal stash.

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Tips & Tricks: Bra Pattern Cutting

Bra Making Pattern Cutting

Today I want to share my preferred method of cutting out bra patterns (or any other patterns). I started using this method of cutting after observing how our in-house pattern-makers, cutters, and sample-makers cut their patterns.

For this method you will need:

  • Fabric Scissors
  • Dotted Pattern Paper
  • Silk Pins
  • Pattern Weights (optional)

You can use butcher paper or tissue paper instead of the dotted pattern paper. I prefer the dotted pattern paper because you can use the guidelines on the paper to align your pattern pieces to the fabric accurately.

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DIY: Sorbet Watson II

Watson Bra Tailor Made Shop

I know I said I probably wouldn’t make any more Watson Bras for a while, but then another of my awesome co-workers announced that she’s leaving. AUGGGGHHH. :(((( Best of luck at your new job and stay in touch, KK. :<

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Details
Bra Pattern: Watson Bra by Cloth Habit
Fabric (Self): Pale Blue and Apricot Lace from Tailor Made Shop
Fabric (Lining): Mesh from Spandex House
Elastic (Shoulder Straps): MarySupplies
Elastic (Armholes): Picot Edge Elastic from Daytonna Trimmings
Elastic (Band):Picot Edge Elastic from Daytonna Trimmings
Notions: Silver 3/8″ Rings & Sliders from Tailor Made Shop

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Bra Making with Madalynne Photo Recap

Bra Making with MadalynneMadalynne Studios: The Sewing Space

This past Saturday, Madalynne hosted a bra making workshop in her beautiful studio in Philadelphia. Students made a full band bra (Pin-Up Girls Classic) and enjoyed catering from New Old Fashioned and a fun aromatherapy session with The Parlour. I spent the day photographing the event along with Jessica Maida (who’s actually the professional photographer) and hanging about the studio as a volunteer.

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DIY: Sorbet Watson

Watson Bra Pastels Sorbet Tailor Made Shop
Watson Bra Pastels Sorbet Tailor Made Shop
Watson Bra Sorbet Pastels Tailor Made Shop

This is another quickie sewing project for gifting purposes: a sorbet Watson. This will probably be my last Watson Bra for a while…time to focus on some selfish sewing for myself. I have a few back to basics sewing projects lined up that I can’t wait to work on!

What’s on your sewing table?

Details
Bra Pattern: Watson Bra by Cloth Habit
Fabric (Self): Pale Blue and Apricot Lace from Tailor Made Shop
Fabric (Lining): Mesh from Spandex House
Elastic (Shoulder Straps): Shindo Elastic from Tailor Made Shop
Elastic (Armholes): Picot Edge Elastic from Daytonna Trimmings
Elastic (Band): ArteCrafts
Hook & Eye: Merckwaerdigh

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DIY: Watson Bra in Cream and Aqua

Watson Bra in Cream and Aqua
Watson Bra in Cream and Aqua
Watson Bra in Cream and Aqua

The Watson Bra is the ideal quickie project when you’re looking to whip up a bra with minimal fuss. Here’s one in cream with aqua details that I made quickly for a co-worker who is leaving. Best of luck, C!

Details
Bra Pattern: Watson Bra by Cloth Habit
Fabric (Self): White Lace w/ Silver Threads from Tailor Made Shop
Fabric (Lining): Power Mesh from Stylish Fabrics
Elastics (Shoulder Straps): Shindo Elastic from Tailor Made Shop
Elastics (Armholes): Picot Edge Elastic from Daytonna Trimmings
Hardware: Silver Rings & Sliders from Tailor Made Shop

Tailor Made Shop New Arrivals

In other news, I’ve added some new arrivals to my shop! I’ve added 6 new laces in custom dyed colors and 2 new elastics! Click here to shop.

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