Are you tired of seeing my bras yet? I know I am, even if this one is fun to look at. But I'm giving up for a while, until I have the proper fabrics.
This is made using the latest "redraft" which incorporates the power bar on the side. It technically fits fine but the fabric is wrong and there is absolutely no support in the lower cups. That is the only bad thing about sewing bras … there's really no such thing as a "down and dirty" muslin which means you really don't know what you've got until you're just about done making a whole bra.
I feel like I've wasted a lot of time the last few weeks sewing bras I'm not going to wear, but I know it's not really completely wasted because I do have a good pattern now. I just need to marry it to the correct fabric. And hopefully the bra mojo will be back when the fabric arrives.
So this afternoon I put away the bra supplies for a while and turned my attention to some instant gratification sewing.
I traced, cut out and sewed Jalie 2804 for DS#2's girlfriend. Sorry it's just pinned on Zillie but (1) there was no way it was going to fit Zillie and (2) I wasn't going to embarrass the GF (or myself) with begging for modeled shots for my blog. ;-)
I completely guessed on her size, choosing size "R", and made no alterations other than to listen to my inner voice and trace up a size at the hips and to scoop out the back neck as I always do for Jalie patterns. It fits her perfectly. Ah, to have that 17-year old body again. But even my 17-year old body would've needed an FBA. Hers does not. The empire seam falls exactly where it should right out of the envelope. It was nice to see first-hand that patterns as drafted do actually fit someone. ;-)
I wish I did have a pic with her wearing it so you could see how nice it looks on her. The colors and style suit her very well. She's usually a very plain t-shirt kind of girl so this is a bit "wild" for her, but I do think she'll wear it. Either that or she's a very good actress. LOL! But as I told her, even if she never does wear it, it's OK and it won't hurt my feelings. It was fun for me to make and that's all I was after.
The white modesty panel is part of the pattern and is sewn into the upper bodice. I like the elastic trim I used. It looks like it's floating in air, but there's a clear mesh area which gives that illusion. The GF liked the faux cami, noting how much cooler it would be than to wear a real cami underneath.
I think the whole thing took me 2 hours start to finish. And probably 3/4 yard of fabric. Do I sound jealous? ;-)
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In football news, DS's game was first delayed and then cancelled Friday night due to a nasty t-storm that wouldn't go away. The game was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon, and they won. Yay Cougars! They're now 2-0 and first in their division.