My newest set! The bra is made with Marlborough bra by Orange Lingerie. The first time I made this pattern, the fit wasn’t too great. Since then I have made several alterations to perfect the fit for my body, such as:
- narrowed the centre piece because I have very little space between breasts
- very narrow cradle
- gothic arc on center front
- back strap extension
If you notice, these are the alterations that I have always made on my bra recently. The cradle and band on all my recent bra are pretty similar, only the cups are different. It is also important to find out the perfect underwire shape for your shape. I just found out that the most comfortable underwire for me are are the ones that can find locally in Okadaya fabric store in Tokyo. A happy coincidence because I don’t have to order for overseas anymore.
Here’s the fit of the bra on me:
The red lace and notions are from a kit by Tailor Made Shop. I use the lace edges on the neckline, edge of power bar, and bottom of the cradle and band. The cups are fully lined and all the seams are enclosed inside. The lace back band are lined with beige power net from my stash.
Initially I feel that the 3/8″ (1 cm) width straps are too narrow, I usually use 5/8″ (1.5 cm) width straps. But then I was glad to use the narrow straps because they are perfect for the dainty look of the red lace.
The power mesh from the kit is quite generous that I made a couple of panties and still have some left. I combined the power mesh with red tricot from my stash. The first panties are made with my favorite pattern from Merckwaerdigh, the low-rider panty. I have made this pattern several times. The edges are finished with red foldover elastic.
The other pattern is The Ultimate Burlesque Panties by Ohhh Lulu. This pattern has high waist with several variations on the back. I made the ruched back variations. I rarely wear high-waist panties but it turned out that they are quite comfortable. Next time I will line the front part with power mesh so they can also act as shapewear.
I think this might be one of the prettiest thing that I have ever made! The red lace is very pretty and the fit is really comfortable. I feel beautiful every time I wear this et under my clothes, even though nobody can see them. It is my pretty little secret!
- Bra pattern is Orange Lingerie Marlborough bra – with alterations (PDF), size 32D.
- Panties patterns are Merckwaerdigh low rider panty (PDF), size S, and Ohhh Lulu Burlesque panties (PDF), size XS.
- Bra and underwear kits by Tailor Made Shop
Disclosure: The bra and underwear kit was sent to me by Tailor Made Shop for review. The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.