My basic bra is a pretty underwired demi-cup model, sized to fit women from 32A to 38D and styled after the designs that give French women their chic, sexy allure.
For this bra to be functional, the pieces are knit in elasticized cotton yarn. This yarn allows for good stretch and recovery, properties similar to those of the fabrics used in commercial bras.
As with many purchased bras, the cups are knit in two separate pieces, stabilized with an iron-on tricot lining and sewn together. Padded tubes of fabric called channeling are sewn around the inside of each cup and underwire is inserted into it (I prefer a single continuous underwire instead of two separate wires for a barer, sexier look and simpler construction). As a final finishing touch, a satin ribbon is woven though the eyelets at the top of each cup.
Underwires, elasticized yarn, and other required notions are available as a kit at http://www.whiteliesdesigns.com/patterns/llingerie/118.html
Joan McGowan-Michael has been a professional fashion designer for more 25 years, styling garments for retailers as diverse as Frederick's of Hollywood and JC Penney. She founded her company, White ...
Joan McGowan-Michael has been a professional fashion designer for more 25 years, styling garments for retailers as diverse as Frederick's of Hollywood and JC Penney. She founded her company, White Lies Designs, in 2001. It has since become the original go-to resource for lingerie patterns for hand knitting, and other romantic, vintage inspired knitwear styles in a wide range of sizes from petite to plus. Joan is a self-professed "fit geek" and incorporates dressmaker-style tailoring in many of her styles.
You've seen her work in Big Girl Knits, Stitch & Bitch Nation, and The Best of Interweave Knits. She has appeared on DIY's Knitty Gritty and the PBS series Shay Pendray's Needlework Studio. Her book, "Knitting Lingerie Style," was released in May 2007 by STC Publishing.