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Bra Making Beginners to Intermediates June 2015 – First Anniversary

Hello All!

Welcome to the new blog! Well the blog is not new but it has a new look!

Bra Kit and Queen Anne Pattern from Needle Nook Fabrics

In June of 2014, I began a group on Facebook called Bra Making Beginners to Intermediates we celebrated our year anniversary all month long with giveaways from our favorite vendors!

Natasha Estrada of Arte Crafts
Monica Bravo of Bravo Bella Bras
Anne St. Clair of Needle Nook Fabrics

They gave great prizes! Mine is last with a variety of findings!

My prize includes a variety of supplies: 2 power net pieces, 1 medium weight power net piece, 3 fashion fabrics (nude, it girl, and turquoise) two pieces of lace in animal print and black lace, all the findings including bra strap elastic, plush/band elastic, arm hole / panty elastic, 3 bra fasteners, 3 sets of sliders, and a variety of decorative bows!

The contest begins on July 10, 2015 at 12:00 am and ends on July 17, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can also join the bra making group here: Bra Making Group!

Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know how you like the new site 🙂

First Watson Bra Creation

Facebook keeps reminding me I have not posted in a while .. so here goes..
Generally I take a group of photos of certain projects I am working on. This Watson Bra is one of them. I have followed Amy for quite sometime intrigued by her self-taught creations of bra making. Her posts are amazing and I am not sure how she finds the time.
We (her followers) have asked her for the longest while when she would grace us with a bra creation and she did in January.  I obtained my pattern and began sewing it in February.
Its quite a quite sew and her directions are a bit through although I missed the part on how much plush strap elastic to measure so I had to guess. Unfortunately it was a bit too much.  Anyway below you see the various pieces I have noted.
I choose to create the long line version.. its something about long-line bras to me that creates a beautiful silhouette and slims your upper body. They are also quite comfortable.
Pattern Layout of the Cups; the pattern provides the sizing as well as some other measurements.
This is the bridge; the supporting portion of a bra

This is the powernet band; this supports your breasts and attaches in the back. The larger the breasts the stronger the powernet should be.

Powernet band attached to the Bridge

Top stitched sides

Sewing the cups together

Cup Topstitching
Elastic keeps the cups tight as well as provide decoration

Where the cups are attached to the bridge. Very simple zig-zag sewing

Completed Set! panties and bra (the pattern includes panties as well — most patterns do not include that so its a real plus)! The left looks a little wavy but I think I just pulled it too tight when I was sewing.
Over all this is a great bra pattern especially since a panty pattern comes with it.  I found some pros and cons with this..
Pros: Its a pdf pattern that really I do not remember taping anything together, my size is all on separate sheets (winning). Its a multi-size pattern and it’s an easy sew with clear directions and the price is right for two patterns!
Cons: Although it goes to size H, I do not find it very supportive for myself. While I am only a D cup I like the true support of an underwire. Its a good bra to have when around the house etc. But I am not sure I could wear with most of my garments as I do like lift with my bras.
The fabric came from Needles and Nook – Ann St. Clair who is the owner and you would be best calling her about kits. This it was a mere $20 and it included everything you needed except plush elastic.  That’s an excellent price for a bra kit, I still have fabric left over to make another.
Unfortunately this came out way to big for me! I am not sure if it were the fabric or my misguided measuring or what the issue. I followed Amy’s directions for measuring but it still came out big 🙁 I decided to sew my usual size and that came out close to perfect! Will I sew again — yes I already have I will post that at a later date 🙂 
BTW if you are interested in learning how to create your own bras, I have a bra making group on Facebook just follow the link here: BraMaking 101

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