This one is a bit different than my usual bra. No underwires, no openings, no lining, just some stretch lace fabric and elastics!
The pattern is Merckwaerdigh BHS10 pattern that I got sometime ago. It contains a mix of 5 different bras, including soft bra, racerback bra, soft lace bra, underwired bra, and a padded bra. It is wonderful that you get 5 bra in one!
I made the soft bra on the upper right, but changed the back to the racerback one. It is basically a bralette as the bra doesn’t offer much support.
I usually wear store-bought soft bralettes to sleep. Wearing underwired bra to bed might bent the underwire, and of course it is not really comfortable. Since almost all my underwear are handmade now, I’ve been thinking of making the bralettes as well.
For trying out new patterns, I love using fabrics from clothes that I thrifted or bought on sale. This red stretch lace was harvested from an H&M top bought on sale for USD3. I bought the largest size so I can have as much fabric as I can. In fact I still have enough fabric for another bra. I’m cheap like that!
I started by cutting size 30D, then removed 3 mm from the center front. The band is not adjustable, so the side seams were sewed the last in case I need to adjust it later. It turned out that the band fits quite well that I didn’t have to make anymore adjustment. If the bra had a back opening, I would have to shorten the band a bit more. Since it is worn over the head like a T-shirt, the band can’t be too tight.
I’m quite happy with the result. This lace bralette is comfortable to wear at home but it is also quite (very!) transparent. I’m planning to make several more in comfortable cotton jersey.
Bralette pattern is Merckwaerdigh BHS10