Now that I’ve got a well-fitting pattern, I wanted to experiment with some different fabrics – in this case, black bra tulle from The Emerald Studio.
As you can tell, it’s quite sheer. I cut two layers with perpendicular stretch, so the end result is quite stable and firm. As you can see, I used black duoplex for the powerbar and frame, inspired by this bra I’d pinned a while back. I think it would look a bit odd having sheer-ish cups just floating in an opaque frame, so I like how this blends the two elements together.
I’ve been having a bit of trouble with the strap elastic distorting the band and pulling it up at centre back – you can’t see it here because the band is pulled suuuuper tight on my dressform. Erin suggested attaching the straps at an V-angle instead, but I’d be open to more suggestions if you have them!
The bra tulle feels a bit scratchy when I put it on, but after a while I don’t notice as much… It is pretty though, and I like the scalloped elastic at the top of the cups! The upper cup is a teeny bit loose… I can’t decide if I need to shave a bit off the pattern there, or make the upper edge of the band tighter so it is pulling things snug from there! I’m not sure this bra will go into the everyday routine for those reasons.
On the plus side, I pulled out all my tricks for sewing with delicate fabrics and double layers, and it made sewing with the bra tulle way easier than I expected! I used a glue stick to stick two layers together, then sewed the cup seams with a bit of tissue paper underneath so it wouldn’t get sucked into my machine. The paper tears away really easily – I might do this more often for bras! Finally, I basted the two-layered edges of the cups together so I could insert them easily.
My next bra is definitely going to have lace on it – time for something girly! But which lace, and which fabric? Only time will tell.
How many bras do you have in rotation? I’ve really only had 3-5 for the last few years, but I’m aiming for a better stocked drawer now that I can make them myself!