Bra time - my first bra is done! It is Marlborough bra and I will share some thoughts on it with you. I searched and read about it a bit before getting it. So I suppose sharing my thought may help someone else in return.
sewed some. But the really important thing was sewing bras. I tend to find one for me harder that its is supposed to be. I am not too picky actually - I like cut and sew cups and since I live in Europe these are available. I like good quality fabrics and since we have a really good local producer this one is easy too. The hard things - sizing and colour. I could get my size or my colours but it is almost impossible to get them both in a single bra. I was looking for a nude colour one this spring and no-match in early spring....At the very start of sheer clothes season!.... So back to the bra!
I chose Marlborough bra for my first bra pattern try. I like Norma creations and I love the idea I get not just indie pattern, but a pattern from someone who makes good patterns. And this is what Marlborough bra pattern looked like from its description, which I interpreted as a supportive, covering, lacy, beautiful, well-tested, printer and maker friendly one. It is one really.
This is a well-thought and beautiful pattern - the design is beautiful and the file just lovely - no tracing, no gluing, no many pages. Perfect! You have to determine your size and then print a few pages with this size pattern pieces only.
I think, I read some notes on blog on the lack of matching marks on upper and lower
cups pattern pieces. I did not need one really. It might be due to the Tricot I used, the lined laced, or the
dual transport on my sewing machine. If you do need marks, for fitting or
to check accurate assembly - just take the pattern pieces on a table together, walk
the seams and mark notches yourself before cutting fabric.
If you are like me - relatively new to bra sewing /I did draft and sew one bra earlier this summer before this try/ - a print copy of the few pages illustrated construction process is a great thing to have on your table while sewing the bra. You will need it a couple of times, or all the time, depending on how experienced you are.. Whatever the case is, it is helpful and easy to use.
I was not able to find 3 hooks closure, which I prefer, and used a 2 hooks one. Despite it was the one in the list for my size, I had to cut off a bit on the upper center back so it could match the hook height. Might be a problem with the closure. Just make sure you check both heights BEFORE applying the strap. I did not, so some black-on-black seam-removing took place. Not the best thing on this project.
I am to make the next one, moving around sizes a bit and see if number two will be the right fit or I will play a bit more. Love the match with my fave Lola panties. Fortunately I have some bits for another attempt on this bra. Not so fortunately I have cut some lace impatiently in the wrong size... will see what could be done to save it...
This bra is not wired yet. I see no reason as the wires will not be on the right place. I am happy with their casings though - made them with the lining fabric myself.
It is all cotton Tricot bra with power net back and lined lace upper cups.
PS Yay. black bobbin thread on pink lining. I though a trial bra could bear it. Colorblindness during sewing is something rare here. It does make things get done quicker though. Oh, and bordo closure - the closest match I had.
PPS Just printed the next size to try, I might save the lace....