The first time I made my first pair of strapless bra, I made my own foam lining because I couldn’t find it locally. This time I want to use the proper ones so I ordered them from Makebra. Their foam lining is 4 mm thick and sold in 20x145cm (8″x57″) pieces. I bought two pieces, white and black.
The pattern is the same one that I’ve used before, Merckwaerdigh Strap4. From the description in Merckwaerdigh’s store: “a lovely mix of strapless lingerie : a bra and a bustier – body – thongbody where the underwires are invisible at the outside. These designs can be worn as outer garments as well.”
The fabric is this wonderful red lycra with capsule-shaped dots that I bought in Okadaya, Shinjuku. Other notions are from Merckwaerdigh ebay store.
As usual I started with size 30D and shortened the band slightly to make it size 28E. The band is widened a bit so I can use 3 rows of hook and eye instead of 2. I also made my own detachable straps by wrapping an elastic strap with the lycra fabric.
The panties are made with the lower part of bodysuit pattern. I eliminated the side seam by connecting the side front pieces are connected to the back pieces. This alteration creates an interesting pattern direction on the side front.
I still have lots of foam lining left! It turned out that each piece of foam lining can make 5-6 pairs of bra for me, it would be different for other sizes though. The foam lining has one fuzzy side to be used against the skin, and charmeuse-covered side which acts as a base for the cover fabric. The wonderful thing about them is that it doesn’t increase the breast volume, so it is not bra padding. The puffiness will fade away after being worn several times. I can see more foam-lined bra in the future!
Strapless bra and panties patterns are Merckwaerdigh Strap4 size 30D, altered to 28E.