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Art Deco Style Bra

I’ll show you here my newest sewing project with the pattern #DL01: an art deco style bra. It was made for a customer who gave me a free hand to decide how to use three fabrics. Dotted, striped and plain black. The art deco style wasn’t our goal … the result surprised even ourselves.


patterned fabrics
The dotted and striped fabrics are manufactured by Nanso. Nanso produces high quality tricot fabrics for their own use, but sometimes you can find their left-overs at local fabric stores. This, let’s say T-shirt tricot, is my favorite as a cup cover material because it’s thin and stretchy just in a right way. You are free to lay out pieces the way you prefer, no need to take any grain-lines into consideration. It’s a pleasure to work with it.
Lycra was used for the bra band wings and striped tricot for the cradle.
Tip! When you are targeting dots or other designs together on fabric in order to cut out two symmetrical parts, use a window for your help. Fold the fabric and put it against the window. Designs can be seen clearly when the light comes through (by day, of course and with very dark fabrics, of course not :))


To figure out how to combine these three fabrics I made some sketches. In this drawing you can see the effects of different layouts. It seems like the focus of the bra would be different in every alternatives. Despite these drawings and after few spoiled cuttings I ended up to the conclusion in the picture below.

The Bra and the Panties

A custom made bra wouldn’t be perfect without matching panties. These Tap pants (Pattern #DL21) are great under your clothing because they land so low underneath the cheeks that the panty lines stay invisible. In my opinion, they are extremely feminine too.
These small pieces of lingerie blend the early 1900s and the present in a wonderful way. I think they look gorgeous on modern women like my client! I hope she’ll be satisfied.
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How To Make an Easy Test Bra

We all have a little different figure even if we would have the same bra size. That’s why it’s wise to make a test bra first. By fitting it, you will see what pattern adjustments might be needed. This post shows how to make a test bra easily, fast and at an affordable price. There is no need to attach any elastics or other niceties at this stage.

trial bra
bias tunnel
bra back Use a foam lining or some other non-stretch fabric as a cup material. Bra band can be made of a cotton fabric or similar. Cut the bra band wings much longer than marked on the pattern at center back.Use a bias binding as an underwire casing material. You can also simply leave the bias binding out and attach the seam allowance of the cup to the bra band by sewing it along the outer edge of the seam allowance, to create a tunnel for the underwire.

Pin the strap elastics in place and tie bra band wings as a bow. Don’t tie too tight as this will ruin the shape of cups.

And voilà, your test version is ready!

A tip for fitting a test bra: lift the straps a little by hand because the bra band made like this does not provide any support.

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Cup Cakes:)


foam lining
plastic bones
hook&eye tape
bra fastener


Cut the bra band out of a fabric as two separate pieces (not on a fold). If you make a strapless bra like this one, straighten the upper edge of the band. Make the two halves of a bra ready as advised in full band bra instructions.
Before threading the underwires in, attach a hook&eye tape on place and push a boning in both of them. Close the ends of the tape sewing by hand.
Although the bra has a front-closure it still has fastening on back as well. And, why so? It’s because of the adjustment and convenience in use.
So why have a front-closure at all? Because it’s a pretty detail, it gives great support especially to a strapless bra and you can use it if you prefer!
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Sewing Project: Rosy Bra of An Old Curtain


Cute rosy bra made of an old curtain found at a flea market. The fabric is quite thick, but the type of weave makes it very adaptable. The pattern used is a balconette style bra (#2610) and the straps are from the pattern #4011.