I took another go-round with the Rebecca bra from Sewy this week. This time, after two muslins, it was time to break into my Amsterdam lace.
Big, fat, #FAIL. The bra was so big! One of several things happened:
- I retraced the wrong size.
- I stretched out the fabric while sewing.
- Non stretch lace in the upper cup is different than stretch lace. The gods are laughing at me.
The version you see above is with some post construction alterations but generally, unsalvageable (too many enclosed seams and stretch stitches I fear). The bra was a good one to two inches too big in the band and just sadly baggy in the cup. After sewing (and trying on) I realized that the pattern seam allowances were about 1/8 inch bigger than the 1/4 inch I was sewing with. That definitely accounted for some of the problems.
The bust curve was also ridiculous. Rather than flatten that though, I’ve just taken some height tucks in the pattern pieces. I’ll try this one again. If the issue was just the seam allowance, then it’s easy to put the height back in to the pattern pieces.
So… yeah. I’m trying not to be salty that I cut into my ‘good fabric’. Happily, I have *just* enough of the black and gold lace to eek out another set. Here’s hoping the second version is better!