Updated: Jul 26
January, Feb, March, Beach Vacation, April, Pandemic, May, Quarantine, June, Bra Making Mondays, July, Great Bra Sewing Bee - whew!
Yep, this is what the year 2020 looks like to me - it started and I've been focused on sewing since March of this year and bra-making has been the highlight. I opened the Zoom Sewing Room, began teaching beginner sewing and developed Bra Making Mondays along with my partner DeWahn Coburn, who taught me and other sewists the delicate art of making lingerie.
The true beauty of what we do today is provide a safe, nurturing space of body positivity and fun for other women to learn bra-making in the Zoom Sewing Room. Bra Making Mondays began June 2020 and women from all over join us every Monday evening and make 2-3 bras per session. Learn more about Bra Making Mondays here - upcoming sessions August 3 and October 2020.
Here's a look at my sewing journey as I looked for the right bra pattern, the right fit, and the right pretty and the right sexy
My bra profile:
I started with my RTW size of 36B. I was lucky to have a decent fit with the band and cups - not perfect I later learned but a great started. The band was tight and the cups didn't give me the coverage and positioned I wanted. This is what you don't realize until after the 2nd bra.
The Marlborough Bra provide more upward support than I wanted for comfortable, so I tried another pattern (The Elan Bra #645) and moved into a 38B based on a paper fitting. It worked with a great fit and comfortable with more coverage.
I have medium density breast and they drop down and I want to bring them up but not too far where they look too pointy and forced into a cup. I found a fit where my breast sit right in the middle. I wear casual clothing and I want natural look.
My suggestion when you get started is to try one pattern and do your best at selecting the size for the first one, then make adjustments from there. You will make a comfortable, supportive bra that looks beautiful on you. Good luck!
My bra-making journey continues - if you would like to join the community of bra makers and learn for yourself, check out the class here on my site for details and fall in. Our 2020 5-week sessions are August 3, October 5 and a November specialty bralette class for Holidays at Home.
Thanks for the love,