I've been working up the guts to get started making a bra since my last post. I'm a little more motivated now that the underwire on my last working bra has popped out of it's casing. So, here goes nothing. I have big expectations that I will be able to sew a fancy bathing suit with underwires at some point after adding this skill to my list.
1. Find a tutorial: Check.
2. Figure out what size I am: Check.
I've been noticing that my bra band is a bit loose. I assumed that it was because it was just old and worn out. Also, the cups haven't exactly been filled up like they used to be. I bought this bra after having just stopped nursing Asher in February 2012. I assumed I would change sizes so I got it a little tight. Lately I can "pinch out" a lot of extra material, so I was guessing the difference would be more than just one cup size. I know, I should have taken care of it a while ago. Buying new bras is just such a production that I avoid it until I am sure that I can't make my current bra last one minute longer. This stabbing pain in my side, literally, has assured me it's time. So I have lost an inch off my band size and 3 inches off my cup size. Whoa.
3. Find a Pattern: on hold...
Pin-Up Girls' Classic Full Band Bra. It looks to be a basic bra pattern that would be able to be used on a range of sizes. If I can trace off my pattern, I would be able to save and reuse the pattern if I ever change sizes. Theoretically. This is the pattern that the tutorial goes through. The tricky part is that where I'm at size-wise is at the very end of the size range. If I don't do this right, I will end up with a pattern that I can't use... or have to alter a lot. From BraMakersSupply.com the pattern is $20. I'd pay that. The price to have it shipped is another $16. $36 for just a pattern really seems excessive to me. I may have to see what the local fabric store has again.
4. Find Supplies: to be continued...
I was a bit overwhelmed when I went to the fabric store because they started suggesting substituting fabric when they didn't recognize what I was asking for. I don't really want saggy grandma boobs because I used the wrong fabric. However, I just filled an online shopping cart with the kits needed, the pattern, and underwires... and $61.50 for the supplies and another $20 for shipping doesn't exactly appeal to me. $81.50 is serious money. So now I'm thinking I should put in the effort to price out the individual material and notion choices. It really intimidates me.
Am I brave enough to do this? Am I smart enough to figure it out, start to finish? Am I skilled enough to actually complete this?
Jury is still out.