Here’s how it usually goes: my bra project goes swimmingly well until the last step of joining the bra strap. All those layers of fabric, elastic and seam allowances make for a bulky join, and inevitably I break a needle. Doesn’t seem to matter if the join is in the front or the back, I never seem to get it right.
I’ve been trying a few new techniques, and I really like this one. This is for a bra strap with rings at the back, a strap extension built into the cup, and uses a picot elastic for the underarm edge. I am demonstrating this technique with my upcoming bralette pattern.
We will begin after the neckline has been finished, and before the underarm elastic is added.
Do you save your lace scraps? I have a small bag filled with odd-shaped pieces of beautiful lace, just because I can’t bear to throw them out. I love little lace details, so I try to find places to add in small pieces of lace.
I had some long narrow pieces of lace left from panty project that didn’t work out, and decided to make up a bralette. This is one of the first few prototypes of my bralette pattern that I have been working on behind the scenes for the last couple months. The shaping of the cradle is a bit different than the final pattern.
I added lace overlays to the inner and outer cups, and at both ends of the back band. Intially I had added in a piece at the center front of the cradle, and realized that it looked like a lace box, so I removed the center piece and ended up with something like a butterfly.
While I mirrored the scalloped edges, I can see now that the lace pattern itself is not symmetrical. Oops! Mirroring the lace pattern takes some careful attention, and isn’t always conducive to using up scraps of lace. I still love how it turned out, and have been wearing this bralette frequently.
Do you save your lace scraps? Where do you like to add them in on your sewing projects?
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