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Stretch Lace Bra

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Lace bra front (Merckwaerdigh BHS10)

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Romantic, Classic, Traditional, Retro / Vintage
LizzyH on

What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Merckwaerdigh BHS10

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What materials did you use? Stretch lace, sheer tricot, power net, underwires

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I love it! I wanna learn to make bras. I've been doing a lot of studying.

07/17/2014 Flag

Thanks Patty! It can seem daunting at first several types of fabrics, elastics, wires, hooks, etc. all in one project. But the sewing part isn't really that complicated or overly tricky, just go step by step and before you know it you've got a bra! Do expect to make a couple at first before you're completely happy, both for fitting and for the sewing. Starting with a kit can make gathering all the bits a little easier as well. I originally took a class through my local ASG Anne St. Clair held a workshop near me and I learned a lot in a weekend. It was really helpful and we were also able to purchase a kit (albeit a rather plain-Jane one) that had everything we needed to make 3 bras. After making those 3 basic bras, I felt I could move on to using more exciting fabrics, laces etc. as well as using different patterns. It is easy to get obsessed with bra-making it's a lot of fun!

07/18/2014 Flag

Well, it's very beautiful. I've been reading books and finding things on you tube that all say what you are saying about having to make two or three first. Thanks for your input.

08/11/2014 Flag

Is there a pattern for the bra?

08/11/2014 Flag

I've found some patterns online through Bravo Bella Bras & Needle Nook Fabrics. I've heard Craftsy is going to offer a bra-making class soon & I'm super excited about that!

08/12/2014 Flag

The pattern for this particular bra is by Merckwaerdigh and is BHS10. (There is a link above to the pattern on the company's Etsy store.) I don't know if I'd recommend it for a first bra however, as it's a 3 part cup with the outer part also becoming part of the strap. Not difficult, but not so straightforward either. Also, the instructions are rather terse and not great for a beginner. The first pattern I used was the Queen Bra Elite from Needlenook Fabrics, (owned by Anne St. Clair who taught my class). Her daughter is Monica Bravo, who owns and she designed the Bravo Bra 2. You can purchase either of these bra patterns from either site, along with Anne's book and bra making supplies or kits. I would also recommend Kwik Sew 3300 if you like a partial band style. The Kwik Sew pattern has great instructions. Great to hear that Craftsy is going to offer a bra-making class. I wonder who the teacher will be?!

08/15/2014 Flag

Lovely, gorgeous fabric and lace

01/22/2015 Flag

Thank you!

01/23/2015 Flag

You have certainly inspired me. I'm gonna "bite the bullet" and start soon!

04/28/2016 Flag