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Bra copy finished

First of all I must add the information Monika from LaMona gave in the comment on my previous post. She said she always takes the underwire from a bra before copying. That way the cup parts can be traced flat easily. I just had not thought about doing that and initially did not want to do anything to my new rtw bra, not even taking out the tack securing the wire. But in the end I did and there was a small difference to the cup I traced with and without wire. Not a lot but in bra making it is about small changes making a difference. So my advise would be: if you can, remove the wire and then trace. For the bra I used a remant of the lace that Pauline gave me as a gift about two years ago. I made a bra from it then and there was just enough left for this one. It’s not symmetrical. I placed the red flowers at the same spot to create a synmetrical imageThe back on the dressform looks about the same as it does on me. In the pattern piece the center back is almost vertical, while wearing it…

Copying a rtw bra

This summer I bought my first rtw bra in many years, I blogged about a copy of that one here. As a “treat” to myself I bought another rtw bra from another brand. It has quite a different shape in the cups and also the wires are longer. I’ve tested it during a long walk and it was very, very comfortable. Certainly worth to make a pattern from it. I thought it might be worthwhile to share how I did this without taking the bra apart.
I used a flat foam board in which pins can be placed. On top of the foam I placed a sheet of paper.
On that I pinned the bra part I wanted to copy, making sure the elastic was stretched, but the lycra fabric was not stretched more than the original part. That is something to really be careful about.

Surprise for me in this bra was the narrow hook and eye closing and the almost vertical line center back. I would never have tried a one hook/eye closure by myself, but it does work (for me).

Then I marked the edges of the part by placing pinmarks along the par…

A day out

A non sewing related post. Today, October 3 was still a very nice late summer day here with a very nice temperature and a lot of sunshine. I visited my daughter, who since last year lives in the city of Utrecht, a very nice town in the center of the Netherlands. As in all cities here that have universities, there are a lot of bicycles. No street without and they are parked everywhere.
In the morning I helped my daughter with some special cleaning tasks because of allergies. But after that task was done we treated ourselves to a nice bike ride and picknick lunch in a park. A real treat on a such a lovely day.