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I’m starting a featured set of the week, with details on the patterns, fabrics and trims.
To begin, here is Black & Tan:
Christmas is almost here, and what a perfect time to use some of my luxurious and sparkly fabrics! Stretch panne velvet and gold stretch mesh are made up into a longline hack of my Iris Bralette pattern. This pattern hack is super easy, and creates such a pretty silhouette!
For the best fit on the Iris Bralette, you will want the vertical seam to fall in line with the apex.
What is the apex?
The apex is the fullest part of the bust, usually where the nipple lies. In the photo above, you can see that the vertical seam aligns with the fullest part of the bust, and also aligns with the vertical seam on the dress form.
Here is the second part of the Iris Bralette tester roundup. Enjoy!
Working with pattern testers not only helps me improve the quality of my pattern, but also provides me with a source of inspiration from all the lovely projects they create. Below are some of their Iris Bralette projects, and I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I do.
I am so happy to share with you my new pattern, and first ever bralette pattern, the Iris Bralette!
What do you look for in a bralette? I want mine to be comfortable, supportive, and pretty. Unlike many of the stretch knit bralette patterns out there, Iris has separate cups and cradle to provide the best fit and support. A variety of front and back style options let you create something beautiful to fit your personal style and needs.
Awhile ago I made this set, and I forgot to share it! I thought of it again when I was writing my post about joining strips of lace.
Bralette: Bambi Bra by Ohhh Lulu
Panties: Hellebore Hi-Cut
This is my second time using the Bambi Bra. It is an interesting pattern because you can use knit or woven. I used bias charmeuse the first time and it turned out too big. The only measurements indicated on the size chart are the full bust measurements, and a note that Cup Size 1 is for A-B and Cup Size 2 is for C-D. I'm around a 32D, so I used Cup Size 2 and a size Small, but the band still felt quite big on me.
The panties are one of my samples for my Hellebore Hi-Cut pattern. I enjoy making coordinating sets and wanted to use this pretty lavender lace again.
Fabrics & Trims
Main fabric: Lavender heavy cotton-spandex jersey. I'm not sure of the weight or content because it came in a grab bag. Not terribly soft, but it has very good recovery, so it must have a high amount of spandex.
Back band: beige powernet. The pattern doesn't actually say to use powernet for the band, but the first time I used this pattern it was too big, so I made the band smaller and definitely needed firmer fabric in the back.
Lavender lace: 2" wide, two pieces joined together. Also from a grab bag.
Elastic (upper edges): Lavender matte elastic. I love matte elastic for panties, but this is probably not the best choice for a bralette. Mostly I used it because it matched well. It is thin and soft, but not very firm.
Band elastic: 1/2" beige scallop elastic
Are you interested in trying out a harness style? This trend seems to be going to the extreme with whole-body harnesses, but I wanted to just dabble with one at the waist. If you can make a bra strap, you can easily make this sexy add-on to the Dahlia Hipster for Styles C & D. Watch the video below to see how it's done.
Do you prefer the contrast insets over the lace for the Dahlia Hipster? Come along with me, and we'll go step-by-step through the sewing instructions for Style B.
Confused about cutting lace? Wondering about how to sew the insets? With a few carefully matched points, I'll show you how easy it can be.
Learn how to cut mirrored lace pieces, and go step-by-step through the instructions for sewing Style A of the Dahlia Hipster.
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