Friday, February 15, 2013

Another Failed Bra Attempt

Last night I whipped up another bra (`Elan 5130) and it too was another failed attempt. Then again with each fail I do learn something so it isn't really a failure, is it?

It looks pretty but once again the cups are too pointed. In my defense I did cut out the wrong bra. When I realized it, I decided to forge ahead anyway. After all, practice makes perfect. I think I could sew a bra in my sleep. I no longer need the instructions and construction is starting to become relaxing. The only thing I salvage from the failures are the straps and the wires. Luckily I have lots of supplies to practice with!

On another note, I'm teaching a class at JoAnn's tonight.

The class is comprised of beginners and the class project is supposed to be the bottom left top. There is no way a beginner can be successful at that top. The ruffles are single thickness and have a rolled hem edge that is essentially cut on the bias. Couple that with a silky fabric and I think it is a recipe for disaster. I also don't want to even think about sleeve insertion. So what to do? The top right top is the way to go.

I worked on this for about an hour last night and think it is certainly within a beginners skill level. In less than an hour I think I can finish it. I needed a neutral colored top and think I'll be able to get a lot of use out of it.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back soon.


  1. You will make a perfectly fitting bra after all this practice!

  2. Your bras are really pretty and like Julin, I'm sure you will end up with a perfect fit.
    I think your students will leave with a wealth of information about sewing once this top is finished.

  3. Love the top. I actually have that pattern...a real "I'm looking forward to warmer months" kinda pattern. That really is a pretty bra! Hope it works out for ya!

  4. Thank you for reinforcing a thought that I need to always remember: each failure has learning and growth attached to it. This can be applied to sewing and life in general!

    I've made S2599 twice and think it's quite suitable for beginners. It's a great way to teaching sewing ruffles, binding, and french seams. I sewed both of mine without a serger and topstitched the hem. Go for it.

  5. Gosh, that looks extremely difficult! I wouldn't even THINK of making one myself, but you're a brave girl ;-) and no doubt yours will turn out brilliantly!! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, have a lovely weekend, hugs, Ira xox