Monday, June 08, 2009

A new bra!



I can't believe it, but I actually made a bra. I have wanted to do this for over a year, but really thought I would have to read several bra making manuals and try several bras before I could get one to fit right. HA! I used the Kwik Sew 3300 pattern and used the size chart on the Sew Sassy website (see link in my side bar) to determine my size. According to their chart, I would need a 33D, so I had to go up to a 34D. There really is no way to make a "muslin" so I ordered fabric from Sew Sassy (uh, about a year ago) and this is what I used. The result? It fits perfectly! I can't believe it. NOTHING ever fits perfectly on me with no alterations. I am elated.

I am going to wear the bra this evening and see how comfortable it is. I can tell you right now though, it is more comfortable than my Victoria Secret bras. The best bras I have ever found for fit on me are Fantasie brand, but nowhere around here sells those. And, they're not cheap.
Now that I know this pattern fits, I'm on the lookout for some great lace and lingerie fabrics (Cidell, are you still going to NY?) Elingeria has great things, but their shipping to the U.S. is uber-expensive. If I order enough fabric to make 3 bras, I'd be paying $40 in shipping! That's not going to work for me.

Hmmm. Birgitte - you may have to scope out some LA stores that sell lingerie fabric for me. I feel a road trip coming on!

12 comments:

Christina said...

That is fantastic! Think of all the possibilities now. I still need to get started on my bra...

Lori said...

Fantastic job. Needle Nook fabric in Wichita, KS, specializes in lingerie fabric.

kbenco said...

Fabulous. I am so jealous that it fits you straight from the pattern, and it looks very RTW. I can't wait for the extra pretty versions once you find some lace etc

gwensews said...

You're off and running! I can see lots of lingerie in your future. Nice job!

Elaray said...

What a great looking bra!. I've never sewn lingerie. Your success certainly has me thinking.

cidell said...

You've got me excited. I'm in NYC this weekend and can hopefully buy some bra fittings while there

Debbie Fox said...

Could you please point me to the chart you used on their website? I can't seem to find a measurement guide for lingerie!

Anonymous said...

Hi - I can give you some more internet shops here in Europe:
sewy.de
spitzenparadies.de
wien2002.at
kantje-boord.info

The first 2 are in Germany, the third is in Austria and the last one is in the Netherlands (they sell absolutely amazing sets with lace and lycra and everything you need)

Have fun - digging into all the beautiful material ....

Sabine

knitmachinequeen said...

You are making me sick! I can't believe that I now have a yearning to make a bra. I'm going to have to get that pattern and if I have in questions I'm coming straight to you!

Carl said...

This bra is beautiful, and the best complement to this spectacular lingerie is a "special" lingerie. See more in http://www.sinlesstouch.com/lingerie.html

Linda T said...

A perfect fit the first time.....priceless!!!!!! Yippee for you!!

Toby Wollin said...

I have sooo many issues with bras not fitting - cups need to be bigger on the bottom than on the top; straps need to be more toward the center in the back(because racer back bras are too much in the center and otherwise, the straps just fall off my shoulders all the time). I really should just DO this. On the list it goes.