Here’s the thing. Winter is not my deal. I like sundresses and the beach. The fall is the best, really, it’s an all-wardrobe weather season, if you will. Throw on a cardi and some tights, and that sundress is totally acceptable fare. While the snow is pretty and all, the temperature and the short days are not blog-friendly. I’m having the hardest time getting photos of my makes because it’s always dark when I get home, and indoor photos are just the worst. I’ll be snuggling up on the couch with my knitting when it’s dark by 5pm, thank you very much.
Anyway, on to the goods. That’s what we’re all here for anyway, right?
The one thing that I have been sewing more of lately is lingerie. It’s impossible NOT to photograph it indoors, so it’s a compromise between not wanting to go outside but still needing to share the things my hands have been making.
Long-time readers may remember my first attempt at a “real bra” about a year ago. I made the pin-up girls classic bra, and it just wasn’t my thing. The fit was off, and I just didn’t like the style enough to figure out the issues I had with it. To be honest, it just wasn’t a style of bra I would have purchased, so I wasn’t really invested in figuring it out. I had written off “real bra” sewing as something I would not do.
That is, until I saw Peneloping’s versions of the Marlborough Bra on instagram. I was obsessed. It was pretty, it looked good in a large cup size, and it wasn’t matronly or flimsy looking.
I almost instantaneously downloaded the pattern, dug out an unused bra kit from hooks and wires, and got to work. Four hours later, I had a bra that I loved. It’s supportive, it’s comfortable, and it’s almost perfect right out of the package!
If you’re curious, I’d totally recommend her kits, they’re priced really fairly, and the materials all coordinate perfectly. She even gives you wires! My one gripe is that the hooks don’t match perfectly (you can see the white inside).
Let’s be real here, though. It’s not perfect. But, I actually want to fix it this time around. This style has potential for me, and I’m actually interested in altering it. Success!
Normally, in rtw, I wear a 32E/30F depending on the brand and the stretchyness of the band.
Here are my current issues, feel free to chime in if you’ve got any tips:
- Excess fabric under the wires (too long)
- The bridge is too wide at the bottom, in between the cups, causing the bridge to pucker out
- The band is too loose
- The cups are very slightly too small – I’m getting a little bit of spillage at the top of the lace
Fabric: Bra Kit from Hooks and Wires