Bra-A-Week : The Parisian
Another week of the bra-a-week challenge, and another week of my love affair with the bra tulle 🙂
This time I wanted to use the blush bra tulle, and I wanted something that was a little less modern and angular than the last couple bras that I’ve made, something that is super pretty, possibly a little Parisian in feel -or at least my romantic notion of Paris 😉 – and just very feminine!
I spent a Christmas in Paris a few years ago, and I always think about it at this time of year 🙂 But since I can’t have Paris, I thought I’d make a bra that reminds me of it- and call it The Parisian 🙂 One day I’ll wear this bra in Paris- I know it! (Anyone want to join me?!lol)
So with that inspiration I came up with this!
The materials for this bra are the Blush Tulle with Small Regular Elastics Findings Kit in black, and the Plunge Wires 🙂
I haven’t made a bra with the Plunge wires in quite a while, and I thought they would be the perfect fit for this style of bra!
So, down to the design details, this cup is a three piece cup, with a ruched upper cup piece. To make this upper cup piece, I doubled the length of the upper cup using the standard method of marking every inch of the pattern piece and adding an inch. To get the nice soft ruched effect I used two layers of tulle ruched, over the bottom layer that is the flat pattern piece without the extra added (which I always like to have to maintain the structure of the bra and a guide for basting the ruched pieces to!) To finish the edge, I just used a strip of the tulle for binding- easy-peasy!
I love that even with the three layers of tulle, it’s still so sheer. There’s something so dainty and pretty about sheer lingerie!
I also love the mix with the black elastics, powernet, straps and bows, it just gives that perfect little contrast of dark to make it stand out. I know it’s quite different from the last two that I made, but I just needed a little bit of a fresh design, something to keep challenging me, and I haven’t done any ruching since the bathing suit of Week 23!
I am so in love with this bra, I feel like I need to go off and make the full set- à la Maddy! Maybe a full set for the Black Beauty and Snow White as well!
What do you think of this style of bra? Is it more ‘you’ than my last two? I feel like I’m still working out my personal style, so I’m not sure what I like better yet, I just love them all! 🙂
And now on to all of the beauties that you made up this week 🙂
First we have a beautiful lace bra from Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest!
This is Karin’s La Parisienne bra! Paris must be in the air! (to be fair she did name her bra first- but we must have a psychic connection!)
Karin made this beautiful longline, using lace over bra tulle!
I asked Karin to test out the bra tulle on her more well-endowed figure, to see if she would get the support and fit that she needs, and I’m so happy to say that she loves it as much as I do!! YAY! Make sure to go over and read all about this beauty on Karin’s blog!
Next we have this lovely bra from Sian of Rebel Angel!
Sian made this bra using the Maya pattern from AFI! She made it up in the beautiful maroon satin, with cut& sew foam and underwires- her first experience making an underwired bra! Fantastic!
Sian is now a self-confessed lingerie-making addict!! YAY! I can’t wait to see more makes! Sian did a great review of this pattern and her experience over on her blog!
Next we have another bra from Jennifer of Jensware!!
This is Jennifer’s Fuchsia Surprise, because the lace included with her kit was a surprise! With this kit she made a beautiful Shelley bra from PUG patterns, with all the extra modifications that she likes.
Here in the back you can see how she likes to reinforce the bra with duoplex, fold her channelling at the top for a buffer against her chest wall, and add some pretty decorative lace to the back band! Great!
And last but not least we have a beautiful submission from our favourite french man Joël!!
This week Joël has made his lovely wife a corset! And a very shapely corset! I love the peak in the front at the top and the bottom- SO pretty! And the colour panels on the side really add to the shaping effect!
Up close you can see how pretty the fabric is, and it looks like lovely lining, and a great job with that binding- so even and done on the machine! Great Job! Love it!!!
Thank you all for your gorgeous submission this week- you keep me so inspired 🙂
Don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board and if you’re on Instagram and posting your lovely makes- don’t forget to add in #braaweek!!
You can go here to grab a challenge button and don’t forget to send your bra for next week to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday for the next Sunday post!
How is everyone doing gearing up for Christmas? Any last minute sewing plans?