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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 ...

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Demi-Bra and Panty

from White Lies Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Demi-Bra and Panty
Demi-Bra and Panty Demi Bra and Panty

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Stockinette, increase and decrease, yo's. You will also need to employ intermediate sewing skills for assemble.

Pattern Description:

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

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Bra- 32A-38D


  • 1/4" lingerie elastic-2 yards

You Will Also Need:

  • While the bra may be hand sewn, machine sewing is recommended for security.