Sometimes things don't work out so well in sewing-land. I have more than one project to demonstrate that outcome..
But sometimes the stars align and things work out pretty darn well. This project falls firmly into the latter category because despite being pretty new to sewing underwire bras and despite having made several untested modifications to the pattern before sewing this version up, this bra is a hit.
Once again, the bra is the Marlborough bra, but I built upon the modifications that I made last time around. For one, I increased the total length of the band by another 1/2 inch (it's now increased 1 inch total) because I came to realize that not only was my second version too tight, it was actually way too tight. The added length is much appreciated by my ribcage and my breastbone.
Thanks to this tutorial I also took some time to lower the bridge by 1/2" and lower the upper cup by the same amount. All things considered, it's a pretty small change, but I'm a big fan of the difference that it makes.
And while this is not a modification, I also changed up the pattern by lining all pattern pieces (except the band) with lace (purchased from this shop). I used a basting spray to baste the lace to the fabric pattern pieces and it worked...okay. In general, it held the pieces together but every once in a while they would come apart which was a bit of a pain. The rest of the fabric is from a kit purchased from Sweet Cups Bra Supply. I got two kits for Christmas back in 2014 (!) and I can now officially say that I've used both of them (I used the other kit to make this bra). Once again, though, I used bra strapping from my stash since the amount that they supply isn't sufficient for this pattern (why, oh why, don't they increase it?).
But you know who gives this bra the official seal of approval? O.
She saw it hanging in the bathroom and asked, "did you make this bra?" I told her "yes" and with stars in her eyes she replied, "It's beautiful. It looks like a wedding bra."
Which, when you're a six year old girl, is apparently a really big compliment.