Well, I’ve made a semi-successful bra. I’m not really all that happy with it, but I’ll probably wear it anyway if it’s comfortable enough—which I haven’t tested yet.
The Ohhh Lulu Jasmine Soft Bra, in size XS.
Fabric and Notions
Scraps of 100% cotton jersey left over from my mum’s birthday top.
Random pieces of black elastic from my stash. I used fold-over elastic for the top and some random black elastic (that is probably neither as soft nor as wide as it should be) for both the band and the straps.
- I left off the strap sliders and rings. I just put on the bra when it was almost finished and pinned the strap elastic to it at a comfortable length and sewed it down.
- I also left off the back closure. I don’t see what I’d need it for in a bra without underwires. I can just pull the bra over my head. I removed the back seam allowance and cut the back piece on the fold. I think that I must thus have made the bra snugger than drafted, since the back closure would add some width, but it fits me fine like this.
What I struggled with
I found the instructions for this pattern lacking in detail. I know that it’s supposed to be “geared towards Intermediate Level Sewists”, but I would still have appreciated more thorough guidance. There are only three really small and rather unhelpful photographs. Two of them are superfluous, in my opinion, the third is for a step I skipped. Other than that, there’s just text, and not that much of it. Think Burda magazine instructions and you’d be about right.
I’m not sure whether the way I attached the band elastic was the intended way.
I suck at attaching any kind of elastic to anything, so both the top and bottom edges of this bra are really wonky. I should practise this a lot if I ever want to make decent-looking underwear.
What I want to do differently next time
I’m not sure I really want to make another of these. I think that I prefer the style of the Brigette Triangle Bra, which was released after I had already bought the Jasmine. So I will probably ask for that pattern for my birthday and wait until then with making another bra. I do have some notes on what I didn’t like about this pattern and/or my choices, however, so figured I’d write them down just in case.
I should flatten the curve above the bust a bit, it feels like there’s a little more fabric there than I need.
I would definitely line it next time to enclose all of the seams. I didn’t because this jersey is a little heavier than it should be for underwear, I think, and I didn’t want to make a piece of body armour. Also, this is just a toile.
I really didn’t like the way the band elastic is attached. I might have misunderstood the instructions and what I did might not have been what was intended. In any case, I’d have to find a neater way next time because I really don’t like the result of this. I might even use fold-over elastic or decorative elastic for the “band” as well, or sew a casing and thread in the elastic.
I would probably try to enclose the straps between the exterior and lining pieces. I don’t like that they’re sewn on last and the raw ends are left sticking out.