I had been watching Ana slowly and rigorously develop the bra, paying particular attention to measuring and sizing individual bodies, when she made the call for testers. I was that person with their hand in the air saying “pick me, pick me”. Then I was really slow because I went away, so this review is coming after the release of the pattern. Epic fail for a pattern tester.
Anyway, after a gentle query, Ana sent me the size I thought I was, plus a couple of smaller sizes as I wasn’t sure. What’s nice about the pattern is that you can just download your size rather than download a bunch of unneeded sizes. There are 8 pattern pieces, but I did get a tad confused with the three cup pieces. There are not yet any instructions, but Ana has done a comprehensive sewalong for anyone who needs it. However this pattern fits together perfectly. It is the first padded bra that I’ve made and it was pretty much a breeze. I made it alongside Sarah from Workspace-FADS who also was a pattern tester, and it was interesting to get a professional perspective on making a bra. I think this bra is possibly the most professional looking bra I’ve made. It is also the most comfortable! The bra cup is beautifully shaped as it is constructed from three pieces, and the bridge is the perfect width for me. Sarah did give me the very useful tip about sewing the bottom elastic before sewing down the underwire casing. This gave a neat finish and made the sewing very easy.
The only alteration I made was post completion. The side of the bra band had an alarming gape, so I sewed it down with a dart and it looks like part of the design. Next time I will consider shortening the back band, or stretching the elastic a little more. Apart from this little issue, the bra fits perfectly and that three part cup gives a lovely shape.
I have plans for many more of these bras, in a variety of colours and fabrics. I can totally recommend the pattern and would happily have parted with good money to buy it. It could be made from a simple knit, or from contrasting laces to produce a more glamorous effect.