What is the first thing you do when you arrive home after a long day? My ritual goes as follows:
- Greet my boyfriend and cat
- Unload my purse and gym bag
- Take off my underwire bra (sometimes this even happens before my shoes come off)
I look forward to that moment everyday. It’s the little things, am I right?
Most days I like to trade my underwire, boning, and power-mesh for a light jersey bralette when I swap my work-wear for loungewear. These bras are okay, but because I buy them ready to wear they are just that, okay, not so well made, and barely cute.
For Florence month I wanted to experiment with adapting this delicate lacy bra into a super comfortable jersey bralette. I am happy to say that this experiment yielded results that are as adorable as they are easy to achieve.
- 1/2 yard medium weight knit fabric with good recovery
- 2 yards of 3/8” lingerie strap or plush elastic
- 2-3 yards (depending on size) of 3/8” plush picot edge lingerie elastic,
- two 3/8” bra rings
- two 3/8” bra sliders
How to sew elastic
For the purposes of this project, all elastic will be applied using the following technique.
1) Pin elastic to edge of jersey right sides together, aligning plain edge of elastic with raw edge of fabric.
2) Sew using a zigzag stitch set at length 3 width 4, then fold elastic to the wrong side of the garment.
3) Topstitch using a 3-step zigzag with a length of 1 and width of 4.
1) If you are making a size large or bigger lengthen band by 1″. For all sizes reduce band circumference by cutting 1/2″ off the center back.
2)Fold jersey fabric in half wrong sides together with the fold parallel to the selvedge.
3)Pin pattern pieces to fabric aligning all grainline guides so they are parallel to the fold. Bra band should still be pinned on fold.
4) Sew front and side cup together.
5) Attach plush lingerie elastic to front cup. to determine length, measure top of front cup, and reduce measurement by 1/2″.
6) Sew cup to band.
7) Sew centerback seam.
8) Measure the top of the band and cup from center back to top of side cup. Double this measurement then reduce by 1″. Cut plush elastic to this length
If the top band and side cup measure at 16″ then, 16×2=32, 32-1=31
9) Attach elastic to top band and side cup.
10) Measure the bottom edge of the band and subtract 2″. Wrap the 3/8″ plush elastic around your rib cage just under the bust, and adjust if necessary. Add 3/8″ for seam allowance. Cut the elastic.
11) Sew elastic to bottom band.
12) Assemble and attach straps.
Enjoy your new amazingly comfortable lounge bra!
Thank you to our lovely model, Solanah, and to Christine for the photography.
Don’t forget, Florence is just $5 this month only!