After my Marlborough bra fitting woes, I decided I needed a lingerie confidence boost. I was gearing up for a bra sewing day with Tasia this past weekend, and I couldn’t decide what to make. While I was getting dressed that morning, I unearthed my Shelley bra from the depths of my drawer, put it on, and the fog lifted. That bra is so darn comfortable! I had forgotten how well the Pin-Up Girls patterns fit on me. I decided it was Shelley’s time to shine again.
The lace I used is a gorgeous pale blushy pink stretch lace that I was saving for just the right bra. It’s soft and stretchy with great recovery. I picked some up from Dressew a while ago and I wish I had bought the whole roll! I decided to make an all lace Shelley. Lace, lace, lace! Lace for everyone! (But actually just me.)
I underlined the lower cup, power bar, and cradle with pale peach duoplex. The back band is a layer of power mesh with a layer of the lace on top.
This lace was just too gorgeous not to use the scallops, so I decided to showcase them along the bottom edge of the bra. Normally I would have zig-zagged the band elastic on the right side, flipped it under, and triple zig-zagged it in place. But that would have hidden the beautiful scallops!
Instead I trimmed down my underlining and then sewed both rows of zig zag with the elastic on the inside. I placed the elastic inside the scallops, and the elastic enclosed the raw lining edges. I wanted to use as much lace as possible, so the band is a little bit longer than a regular bra. It’s not quite longline though – I guess it’s somewhere in the middle. I’m just fine with that!
I made a few changes to the pattern, and I took photos of the pieces to show you. First I shaved off some of the curve of the lower cup pieces, along the edge that joins to the lace. In the photo above, you can see my rounded off pieces on top, and the original pieces beneath. My only caveat with Pin-Up Girls patterns is that they make my bust look pointy. But it’s a simple fix, as you can see!
The second change I made was converting the fabric straps to all elastic straps. To do this, you need to adjust the power bar pattern piece. In the photo above, you can see the original piece on the left, my adjusted piece on the right. The notch on the right side indicates where the lace meets the power bar. I used the top section of the Malborough bra power bar as a template to adjust my Shelley piece. It worked great!
Finally, I wanted a demi-cup style, so I lowered the center of the bridge by 1″ (2.5cm). I did the same adjustment to the lace cup piece. Above you can see the original pattern pieces under my modified pattern pieces.
Can’t forget the panties! One of my favorite handmade panties are the Mix30 by Merckwaerdigh. They are so very comfortable and have surprisingly good coverage while still being cute and sexy. I don’t have to make any changes to this pattern, it fits perfect as is!
I love the way this pattern showcases the lace. I chose this pattern for exactly that reason. The knit fabric is a nylon/lycra that I picked up at locally at Dressew. Nothing else new to report, Tasia and I have both blogged about this pattern and we both agree it’s awesome!
I’m so happy with the way this set turned out! Exactly what I needed. It’s great to know I have a couple of go-to lingerie patterns that fit great and have done no wrong (so far). I would add the Pin-Up Girls Classic Bra and Cloth Habit Ladyshorts to that camp too.
Do you guys have any tried and true lingerie patterns that you reach for when you need a confidence boost?