To understand how they work, it helps to think of the Golden Gate Bridge. They are easy to make, fit perfectly, and can be worn every day. It's amazing to know that bras have many parts to them, with each part as important as the other, and they all are important to the fitting of a bra that's a perfect fit for you. Also, I would have loved a section on how to draft a bra pattern or block from body measurements. Look through all the free hacks from Seamwork Magazine and use them to customize our patterns - or any other pattern in your stash. Therefore, a vertical movement orientation is used for the lower cup pieces of the bra, to provide lift in the cup, and a horizontal movement orientation is used for the upper cup to bring tissue away from the sides and toward the center of the body.
Cut-and-sew bras, like my or any other bra you will likely sew, provide subtler shaping by virtue of the curvature and placement of the seam lines and the directionality of the stretch of the fabric. Finally, although it doesn't relate to the content of the book this book was very poorly edited. Whilst there is a lot of useful information shared in this book, particularly with regards to the basics of bra construction which are not readily available, I also found that there was quite a lot of misinformation. I would be happy with a low-budget coil-bound lulu version, anything really. This is why you frequently see multiple piece cups in supportive bras for larger sizes. With easy-to-follow instructions, color photos, and a guide to sourcing materials, this book has everything you need to make your own professional looking bras in no time at all. The frame is the front of the bra where the cups are sewn into the bra.
Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction reveals the secrets of bra couturiers, teaching you what you have always wanted to know about fitting and sewing your own bras. When she could not locate a luxury custom bra making service in North America, Norma left her position at a major Wall Street firm in New York to focus on the study and practice of custom bra making and founded Orange Lingerie. Underwires are designed to have some spring in them so that they splay a bit when the bra is worn. Please do feel free to contact her. Read the current issue of Seamwork Magazine for ideas on making our newest patterns your way.
Books targeted specifically to the home or custom sewing market will always have some different approaches than those designed for design students or industry reference. When it comes to lingerie hardware, quality fasteners are flat and unnoticeable while wearing, and any visible hardware looks beautiful as well. So many new things in this project! Find yourself a good instructional book, a good pattern, and the right materials I have suggestions for all three at , and have fun! Support in a bra comes primarily from the frame and the band of the bra by way of the underwires. Straps You may be surprised that bra straps are not part of the support story, but the primary role of the straps is to keep the bra in the correct vertical position on the body. This book sets out to explain how. There are also certain assumptions about bra components particularly bra wires that I find a little unrealistic for a bra newbie.
Just halfway through the first chapter, and I'm ready to start before I finish the book! This is a very good thing since no one wants to feel that kind of pressure weighing on their shoulders. They are easy to make, fit perfectly, and can be worn every day. The frame can be split into two pieces with the center front piece called the bridge. To provide this foundation, the frame and band must be fitted snugly on the body. Cup seams are also almost always topstitched to further strengthen them and to eliminate any potential chafing.
The finest laces and fabrics are made predominantly of natural fibers and have high fiber density per inch. It kind of comes across as cheap without them. Before you start making the bra, you will need to make a few simple changes to your bra pattern. For fitting advice, do check out her book. I started tweeting about my fear of making a bra and it was Norma who talked me down from my fear tree. Any questions or comments, feel free to leave in the comments or email me at. I have made a couple of corsets, which takes a different yet related set of skills.
So discoveringwas a pleasant surprise. Quality fabrics and laces are consistent in their appearance with no snags, pilling or irregularities in the weave of the fibers. You are now ready to add the bra to the swimsuit by overlocking or zigzag stitching it to the side seams of the suit at the bust line. To talk about how fabric shapes the cups, it helps to understand how fabric is cut for bras. These front straps are longer than usual to make it easier to fit the to the body in the swimsuit as a final step.
The first step to making great bras is understanding the structure and function of the parts of the bra. All seams should be finished with no raw edges of fabric in sight. Find a specific article, pattern hack, or technique; or, just browse through all the categories. If you have any questions feel free to! As you may have figured out by now, making an interior bra for a swimsuit is a lot less work than making a regular bra! It does come with more than just one bra pattern. Any movement in the frame or bridge fabric is placed in the vertical direction so the cup placement does not move and the bridge area is also typically stabilized for the same reason. Professional custom bra maker Norma Loehr breaks down the fitting and construction process into simple, easy to follow steps so you can get great results on your bra making projects.