No, it’s not April fool’s day, I really have been trying to make a bra!
This is my first attempt at the Bambi Soft Bra from Ohhh Lulu.
Marie is having a giveaway for any of the Ohhh Lulu patterns at the moment – you really ought to have a look!
I didn’t buy any special materials for this experiment, and that ripple-y roll-y lower edge is the result – my band elastic was far too narrow to be fit for purpose.
But I have learned enough from playing with the pattern to think it would be worth investing in the necessary bits and pieces to try again: using straps and clips and back-hooks and proper elastic.
My prototype is made from scraps of Liberty Tana Lawn, leftover from the Sencha you saw me in the other day. The top edge is a tiny piece of broderie anglaise. I lined it with white t-shirt cotton.
As far as I can tell, it is a reasonable fit. But without straps and a back fastening, I can only check the cup size, not the overall circumference.
Clearly, it will not provide any serious upholstery or engineering benefits. This is no Wonderbra! I wouldn’t go for a jog in it, and I wouldn’t wear it to work, but it is rather pretty and potentially very comfortable for round-the-house wear.
Have you ever made a bra?