Instead of being somewhat embarrassed that it took me this long to make one, I'll focus on the positive - I made my first bra today!!!!
It was much easier than I had anticipated it would be. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that I got to use a bunch of the built in special stitches on my machine which really added to the professional finish.
I definitely ran into a few issues though.
- I thought I was better at sewing elastic than I actually am, so I didn't bother pinning it first, which would have saved me some time and some re-sewing.
- The underwires that were provided were *just* a bit too long - I was able to force them in but I'm going to have to look into what I need to do to shorten them. If it's anything like shortening boning for corsets, it's going to be a very messy undertaking.
- I also didn't bother measuring myself before I traced and cut the pattern pieces. Anyone that has met me will find this partly hilarious and partly unbelievable, but it's too small. I made a 34A, which makes me wonder if even bras have fallen victim to vanity sizing. Except that it doesn't really make sense - wouldn't vanity sizing mean you would want to buy a bigger size than you really were?
And the inside:
P.S. Did you know that the little decoration - usually a bow - that is placed at the center front is distilled from the busk ties on corsets during the Elizabethan era?