Delicate Lace Bra

In my stash there lies several metres of this fine Chantilly-like lace, so when I needed something non-stretch to mock up my new bra pattern it was the first thing I turned to. Isn’t it beautiful? I just love how delicate it looks, but in actual fact it is tough as nails! It has featured on this blog already as a sky blue Ruby Slip, so you might even recognise it.

Delicate Lace Bra by Pattern Scissors Cloth

The pattern is drafted from Kristina Shin’s book and from my Instagram feed it looks like I drafted it back in August 2017 – good things take time I guess! The bra is a partial band style, which I must prefer as that is the type most of my purchased bras are.

Delicate Lace Bra by Pattern Scissors Cloth

Both the cups and the bridge are cut from lace, and I used the scalloped edge of the lace along the top edge of the cup.

Delicate Lace Bra by Pattern Scissors Cloth

The two lower cup pieces and bridge are lined in sheer cup lining, and the back band is cut from stretch mesh.

Delicate Lace Bra by Pattern Scissors Cloth

The bow and underwires are recycled but the underwire casing, elastics and hook and eye pieces were new, purchased from Nellie Joans.

Delicate Lace Bra by Pattern Scissors Cloth

Ideally I’d prefer a 10mm wide strap elastic, as 12mm is slightly disproportionate for this dainty lace. It’s very supportive though!

Delicate Lace Bra by Pattern Scissors Cloth

I drafted a camisole style back, modelling the idea on an old favourite. I just had enough strap elastic, which is why the adjustment part of the straps looks a little short.

Delicate Lace Bra by Pattern Scissors Cloth

This is what the camisole style straps look like from the inside – caught inside the underbust elastic, then bartacked to the upper edge:

Delicate Lace Bra by Pattern Scissors Cloth

In my bra-making journey so far, this is my best effort. I feel like I’ve nailed the fit, the materials, the construction process, and my machine!

Delicate Lace Bra by Pattern Scissors Cloth

Now to crank out some more!

(And I guess a pair of matching undies are in order too)

 

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7 thoughts on “Delicate Lace Bra

  1. Absolutely lovely. I went on a bra making course, recently and bought a kit to make one. You have just given me the inspiration to get my A into G. (For information that is an engineering expression backside into gear).

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  2. Wow–you did your own! I am so impressed. I gave up and bought a pattern, but now I can get them to fit. Did you find the same? Straps are too short, or the undewires are under your arm pits… Sigh
    Love your knitted gloves also.

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