Especially if it’s French. And wildly expensive. And a larger cup size.
Yesterday morning, I spent about 3 hours taking apart a well-fitting, vertical-seamed, lace bra to see what made it so much better than any pattern I’ve tried. I’m happy to say I remembered to take photos of the process, and ended up with a pattern I can use for future iterations! YES!
Going into it, I thought I had a pretty clear idea of what I would find since everyone ever seems to recommend the same fabrics for everything, and a bra kit generally comes with 2-3 different fabrics. I was able to identify everything, but probably wouldn’t have been able to more than a few months ago (despite making my first bra 4 years ago).
Anyway, on to the goods.
What’s inside your RTW bra:
- Stretch Lace
This one is kind of a given, because it’s a lace bra, but whatever. There was absolutely nothing special about the lace, other than it being very pretty. It was super stretchy, black, and used all-over.
Powernet was used under the lace for the band in the back only.
3. Bra Tulle
This one was the one that got me. I hadn’t seen or heard of bra tulle anywhere until a few months ago when I read about it on Erin’s blog. Usually in kits you get a “lining fabric” but it always seems to be different, depending on the seller. I purchased some tulle from her earlier this year, and compared them, so I’m 100% sure that’s what it was. It was used to line the cups and the frame.
Tricot was used at the bridge to line the lace, and in strips to cover the seams on the inside of the cups.
I’m off to use my new pattern to make some pretty new bras! Hopefully I’ll be back soon with some successes!
Have you ever made your own bra pattern? How did it go?