I love the Noelle bra pattern from Madalynne so much that I decided to make another! Incase you missed my last post- the pattern is a FREE (!) PDF download from Madalynne's website. Just click the link and you could have your hands on it right away!
With experience of making one already on my side, I was armed with a few ideas before setting off with my second Noelle. First up I took a little off off the pattern at the waistband. Really I just evened out that slant as my underbust before you get to my waist is a bit more | | than \ /.
This time I didn't bother to hide my seam allowance between the outer and lining fabrics. Instead I just stitched the seam as normal as it would be easier to adjust if I found the bra to be too big at try on stage.
I cut from red velvet from my stash for the front, stretch lace from Abakhan for the back and band and lined with a 4 way stretch mesh from Amazon. I used the same lovely lace trim as I did before as it worked so well.
Where I attached my band to the bra I decided to follow the instructions (!) and use zig zag stitch instead of overlocking. This makes for a flatter seam and therefore less bulk whilst wearing.
Also this leaves a seam allowance ideal for attaching the elastic to without having the stitching showing on the outside. This only took 4 attempts to realise!! But well worth the unpicking. The elastic gives secret support without showing at all on the outside.
Again I recycled old bra straps for the straps. This time I did plan to make my own but Abakhan told me they only did bra elastic in white (mental). The joining hoop is actually from a woodwork shop! This is what you get if you ask your dad to source bra supplies while you're at work! Does the trick though!
Only mistake was a pretty annoying one though..... I got the nap of the velvet the wrong way round!! So stroke it upwards not downwards! Or better still mate, don't stroke me at all. It did make me feel slightly better though when I found a velvet skirt in high street shop Peacocks with nap going in the same direction. Maybe it's perfectly acceptable ;)
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