Bra-A-Week : The Chevron
I was loving the ruching from last weeks bra and I was thinking about other fabric manipulations that I can do – *the love affair with the bra tulle continues* – and I thought about sewing these pleats into the fabric, and sewing them down to make stripes with the effect of the layers of tulle.
So here I am sewing all the stripes 🙂 It actually took less time than I thought, and you only have to do small pieces for bras thankfully! They aren’t perfect, but I think it all adds to the effect of it being hand-made! 🙂
Then I was careful when I cut my pattern out that they would all line up perfectly, and give this chevron effect – I love it 🙂
This is the same basic draft as my winter bralette, and the plaid fall bralette that I made for Karin a few weeks ago. It’s amazing how it can completely transform with a new fabric. There is something about this bralette that is so solid but delicate, modern but vintage- I am obsessed!
And of course I did my usual favourite, fold-over elastic with the double strap in the front 🙂 And I don’t know what it is about stripes, but they’ve always made so much sense to me, and I LOVE matching up stripes to make chevrons and patterns.
Well I am SUPER happy with this one, all of my bra tulle bras are the pride and joy of my collection now 🙂 And I was thinking that instead of another bra next week, I might just make these all into sets? a treat to myself for Christmas 🙂
Ashley made both of these bras using the Maya pattern from AFI. She first made herself the nude bra to test the fit, then made some tweaks and made the watermelon bra (I’m all about this colour combination- love!!)
Now unfortunately this turned out to be more of an experiment in fit testing than making two perfectly fitting bras- but there is so much you can learn with every bra! Ashely did a great post all about it over on her blog- make sure to check it out!!
Next we have a beautiful bra from Scarlett of Corset Training .Net!
Scarlett is the maker of all those beautiful corset patterns I used this past Corset October, and she’s finally coming over into the bra world!! YAY!!
She started her bra journey using the Watson Pattern from Cloth Habit, and how pretty is this! Love that lace! I can’t wait until Scarlett’s making beautiful corset-bra sets!! So much amazing to come!!
Next we have a bra from Réka of Red Heels!
Réka also made her lovely bra using the Maya pattern from AFI. She used foam and a pretty blue floral fabric on the outside!
She got a great fit on the first try- only needing a little dart at the side seam, which she also stabilized a bit with some boning. So pretty! Make sure to check out Réka’s post to see more about this beautiful bra!
Next we have a very special bra from Karin of Mrs. Weaver’s Finest!
This beautiful ‘Black Dahlia’ is a gorgeous mastectomy bra that Karin made for one of her clients. How stunning is this!
Karin made this bra using a black embroidered tulle lace over black duoplex and a modified Classic pattern from PUG patterns. And she built two foam prosthetics to fit in perfectly- you would never know this is a mastectomy bra! Gorgeous!!! Make sure to check out Karin’s post and more about this beauty!
Next we have a really fun bra from Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews!
Maddy made this bra using the Boylston bra pattern from Orange Lingerie, and the Watson Bikini bottom pattern from Cloth Habit. She made it with this super cute fabric and matching lace and elastics- I’m obsessed with this combination!!
Maddy made this using her usual pattern alterations- she’s getting to be quite the accomplished bra-maker- and I’m sure her underthings drawer is looking much healthier than before!! 🙂 Make sure you head over and check out Maddy’s post about this gorgeous set!
Next we have a very pretty bra from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!
This is Sofia’s plunge bra! She mad this bra using her vertical seam pattern, and lowering the neckline to accommodate a plunge wire! She use really pretty lace, elastic trims and an ivory bow in the middle- so pretty!
This is Sofia’s favourite bra- and I can see why, it’s so pretty! Make sure you head over to Sofia’s blog and read all about this bra 🙂
And last but not least we have a little more colour from Jen of Jensware!
Jen made this beautiful bra using the Shelley pattern from PUG patterns, and a lilac duoplex kit with white lace. Such a beautiful job on the stitching and construction!!
Jen says it fits like a dream 🙂 and that is completely what a well-fitting bra is- a dream! 🙂 Another beautiful submission- I bet your bra drawer is a lot happier lately too!!! 🙂
All I can say is WOW I’m so completely blown away by all these beautiful submissions this week, I’m so happy to be involved with such a talented and creative group of bra-makers 🙂 Go us!!
I’m also happy to see all this selfish sewing- I find that so many women who sew end up completely bogged down in sewing projects for other people and forget to do something for themselves. And especially at this time of year it is so important to be kind to yourself and do something nice for yourself. And I can’t think of anything more rewarding and kind to yourself than sewing yourself a bra 🙂
As always, don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board, and pin all of your lovelies over there! 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!
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All of the love 🙂