Featured on my third Craftsy bra-making class, this bra showcases
- pre-formed foam cups with a seamless cup cover
- butterfly lace technique
- lace edging used behind the fold-over binding
- lace edging used under the fold-over binding
- tube straps with lace insert
- lace trim on the back band
The bra uses pre-formed foam bra cups, more specifically a style we call MH. The MH style has strap tabs and fairly full coverage...not too plungy (is that a word?). In the Craftsy class, I show how to take your existing bra frame and convert it for use with pre-formed cups.
We covered the cups seamlessly by pulling stretchy fabric over the cup
Butterfly lace trim was applied over the front curve of the foam cup. So easy to do and what a great visual impact. I love, love, love multi-colour laces! Just so you know, we hand tacked the lace scallops here and there along the edge.
Since we use the fancy scalloped edge of the lace for the butterfly, we ended up with a raw lace edge along the neckline edge. No problem! Cover that edge with fold-over binding. For an extra bit of lace, we cut a narrow strip of the fancy edging from the lace and stitched it behind the fold-over binding.
I love how the black fold-over binding frames the neckline edge!
On the top edge of the band (what you might call the underarm edge) we used the narrow lace edging a little differently, sewing it to the raw edge, and then sewing fold-over binding on top of all the layers. That's a little different than the neckline edge (did you notice the difference?) but very effective.
it is not at all uncommon in ready-to-wear to treat the underarm and the neckline edges differently. So don't stress about having everything matchy-matchy!
More lace trim on the side of the frame! This trim is tucked into the side seam, and the fancy edge "just barely" covers the channel seam. The edge was pulled aside to sew the channel topstitching and then hand tacked in a few spots to secure it.
The strap scoop lace is a great way to use up left-over bits of lace that may not be large enough to use anywhere else. This lace on the strap scoop has become Denise's signature. Denise is our amazing teacher - if you have taken a beginner bra class or a Boob Camp here at Bra-makers Supply, you know who she is (and hopefully who I am too!)
Finally, let's have a look at that strap detail. This is a fabric tube strap with a narrow lace trim inserted in the seam while sewing. When the tube is turned to the right side, the seam will be highlighted on the front of the strap rather than the back where we normally hide it.
Making fabric strap tubes are a great idea, especially if you don't have strap elastic to match your bra fabric. (At Bra-makers Supply though, we have 14 gorgeous colours of matching bra supplies...ha ha...couldn't resist that bit of an infomercial!)
So that concludes the features of our Pink and Black lace Pre-formed Foam Cup Bra! If you are enjoying this new series of Behind the Seams, please let me know in the comments. I'd love to know if this is something you are both learning from and enjoying!