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Iris Bralette, Front A with Back H. The lace overlays come from the "More Design Ideas" on the last page of the pattern.
Self: Silver 1-way stretch spandex from Porcelynne. Sometimes called satin spandex, this highly shiny fabric has the sheen of woven satin but is a knit. It has about 40% stretch in the length and is stable in the width. I have worked with satin spandex from several vendors, and this one is my favorite. It is soft and has a bit of thickness that makes it perfect for a bra.
Band: White powernet from Spandex World. I buy almost all my powernet from Spandex World, and it is so nice to find it in some colors other than basic white, black and beige. Their powernets come in various weights and widths, so be sure to read the product description carefully.
Lining: I used a white stretch mesh for the bra lining, also from Spandex World. They have stretch mesh in a wide variety of colors, perfect for making panties and lining bralettes.
Stretch Lace: White and grey cross dyed lace from Sew Sassy (Style SLT490, image is down at the bottom of the page). I think bi-color lace adds a bit more excitement than just a single color.
Strap elastic: I'm quite picky about my strap elastic; I want it to be soft, shiny and supportive. I've gone through many elastics that are flimsy, stretch out, or won't accept dye. I don't order from overseas often, but I really like this strap elastic from MS Garment Accessory on Aliexpress.
Picot elastics: Both are from Tailor Made Shop. At the moment, these are my favorite picot elastics for bramaking!
Rings and sliders: Is it strange to get excited about nice rings and sliders? Seems like such a minor detail, but the quality of the rings and sliders from Porcelynne is the best I've come across. More substantial than other vendors, and they keep my straps firmly in place. You can buy them in single sets, or do what I did and buy the rings and sliders separately in bulk.
Hook and eye tape: I buy hook and eye tape by the yard and cut off as needed. I find the soft edges much more comfortable than the heat-sealed edges of single hook and eye closures. Of course the trade off is that hook and eye tape requires stitching around the edges and doesn't look as polished as the heat sealed edges. What I lose in looks I make up for in comfort!
I've been liking the look of the lace butterfly at the front of a bra, so I used that here to really show off the pretty two-toned lace. I couldn't help it and added in a bit more lace over the cradle near the band seam. I can't manage to add only one lace overlay!
I changed the strap attachment to have the ring at the front. Attaching the ring at the front or back is just a matter of personal preference. I think aesthetically it looks nicer at the back, but having it at front makes it easier for one to adjust the straps.
And... in case you are wondering about the fabric hanging behind my bra it is a rayon poplin print from Harts Fabric. I sprayed it with spray starch in the hopes of making rayon easier to work with!
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