Modelling a bra for you

That title is for Carrie. A bra on a model, rather than the floor… but NO not on me. πŸ™‚

Sewing this bra was an experience, I have to tell you. I’ll back up a moment and explain. I decided to purchase some stretch satin to make a few bras, both for myself and for some others. JoAnn’s didn’t have any in store (at least not that I could find) but I found it on a couple of the websites I regularly shop for fabrics. Denver Fabrics had stretch satin for $4.75/yd and Fabric.com had it for $10.98/yd. Now I KNEW by the price tags alone that there was going to be a difference in quality… what I didn’t know was whether one of them would really be worth more than double the cost of the other! I could have ordered swatches, examined them, and then picked what I wanted. But I’m not that patient. I ordered a yard each of gold (for a specific project) and pink from Fabric.com, and a single yard of deep purple (which is coming out far bluer in my photos than in real life) from Denver Fabrics.

And then I waited. When the second of my two orders arrived four days later I eagerly ripped open the box to compare! The satin from Fabric.com is relatively lightweight and perhaps a tad stretchier than I *truly* want for a good supportive bra, but it’s soft, fine, and I think it will work great if it’s reinforced a bit. The considerably cheaper fabric was, let’s face it, cheaper. The purple satin was a heavier weight which is actually good for a bra to hold a gal like me, but it was also rubbery and almost plasticy. Still I wanted to give it a try!

Since the fabric was a gorgeous rich purple, I’d planned to dye white elastic, hooks, eyes, rings and slides to match. I went out and bought dye, got home, and realized I hadn’t ever ordered white bra elastic and only had black on hand (rats!) And again, I wasn’t patient enough to wait. Black goes with everything, right?

Moving right along I started sewing up this bra and the fabric was extremely annoying to work with. I had a brand new, lightweight needle in my machine, but really should have been using a stretch needle. And since I wasn’t (because, AGAIN, I wasn’t patient enough to wait for the needles I’d ordered to arrive), the fabric snagged multiple times, and looks pretty crappy now.

The whole time I was sewing, I was narrating this blog rant in my head and thinking about exactly which words I would use to complain about the experience. And then I put the bra on. Suddenly, I didn’t CARE one eensy little bit about the snaggles all over the place. I didn’t CARE that the texture of the fabric annoyed me and felt a bit being wrapped in plastic wrap. I didn’t even entirely care that I’d foolishly neglected to add some extra room to my bra cups to accomodate the less-stretchy fabric (impatience = foolish sometimes, and I’m really still learning what I’m doing here). ALL I cared about was how PREEEEEEEEETTTTTTY it was! Pretty, pretty, pretty. Purple. Shiny. Satiny. Ah yes! I have never before in my entire life owned a purple bra. What a delightful, gorgeous thing.

So in the end I have a poorly executed snaggly bra that doesn’t fit right, but renewed motivation. My stretch needles have arrived, my white elastic should get here tomorrow, and I’ll modify my cup pattern and give it another try. I WILL have my lovely purple bra. Rubbery though it may be.


6 Responses to “Modelling a bra for you”

  1. 1 jellyfishbay
    September 3, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Hi, I was just surfing and noticed your blog. Lingerie is difficult to sew, but your work really looks great. You’ve inspired me to try it for myself. Thanks.

  2. 2 goffcouture
    September 4, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Thanks! That’s wonderful. πŸ™‚ I’ve really been enjoying this sewing adventure and I’m sure you will too.

  3. 3 3blessings
    September 10, 2008 at 9:45 am

    It looks great. And reading about your trials make me so glad that I can “buy off the rack” for the most part πŸ˜‰

  4. 4 ulihelisdi
    September 12, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    I’m so impressed!

  5. September 16, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    It looks great! Your model really seems to feel special in this purple satin marvel.

    Aaaaah, a pretty bra. It might not be a distant dream. πŸ˜‰

  6. September 16, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    BTW, I think that your model needs a name. You could hold a vote as your next blog! What about “Sally”?

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