By now we have the cradle and the wings (cut from lace):
In this picture I’ve folded the cradle. There are two back wings.
Remove pins and paper. Arrange pieces.
Unfold the cradle. Split back wings and place them to the corresponding side. Facing you is the wrong side of the fabric. The right side of the lace faces the right side of the cradle.
We are going to sew one wing at a time. Grab the cradle and the wing.
Holding pieces together, turn so that the cradle faces you.
Lace is sensible when it is sewn. The cradle is stable and is easier to manipulate on the sewing machine. Pin cradle and lace.
Do the same for the second side.
Now on to the sewing machine. Use a straight stitch.
And here’s the band:
Note: the way to sew the band I decided to show you is not the correct one. This is strictly related to side channels. My way is a lot easier for beginners. And I’ve found it is a lot better for stability and support.
The correct way would be, for the next step to sew in side channels. However, we will not do that. At this point we can consider the band ready. One thing you could do, is acknowledge the direction the seam allowance must sit.
My finger is pressing the seam allowance to the direction it must stay on a finished bra. What I recommend you:
– either press (using a cotton fabric)
– or hand baste
This way we will not have to worry when we will be sewing elastics on the band.
And we are finished with easy steps. Fun is coming soon – attaching cups to the cradle!
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Attache cups to the band
Some steps before attaching cups to the band