While I am slowly working on the next sizes I want to show you all about Style 1 of my new bra pattern. All the small things many of you might wonder. Inside of the bra, anyone? Yes, and not just the inside. It’s Afi Chic Bra Style 1 in detail.
Main Afi Chic view features a lined bra with simple cups fitted into a curvier cradle. I love bows on lingerie, I hate sewing them. It’s not hard to sew the decoration. It’s when you have to sew it. Because you sew the bow almost if not in the last step. And that is when my patience runs out. I simple want to finish the bra faster and try it on. Am I the only one in this category of people? What forces me to have that patience and sew it, is that bows, as small (and insignificant as they are) give a bra that professional finished look.
That’s the short deviation from the main subject. But back to the Afi Chic and Style 1. Laid on a surface, the cups distort unless you use a stable fabric.
But enough with the presentation. Show me the juicy stuff! First on the table, the cups on the inside. My bra here uses a woven fabric. I think it’s a taffeta, but I am not sure. All the seam allowances are hidden. You get no raw or unfinished edges.
I value very much how a bra looks inside. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you see a garment as an item you’re going to wear and then through it away. No need to invest in having it beautifully finished. And maybe you are right!
I’m going to tell you a story dated many-many years ago when I was a child cutting through all the adventurous sewing projects. I had some interesting ideas and made some courageous garments. One day, a professional seamstress asked me about an item and the origin of the idea. And then she looked inside of my garment. I was perplexed at her expression. All my proud face changed into shame about all the raw and unfinished and overall messy inside of my garment. And from that point, I understood that it’s not enough to express an idea. It’s how you do it that makes it stand out! It’s those fiddly seams and lined cups that bring quality to your work.
So, ever since I started sewing lingerie, a professional look was high on my list of priorities.
But remember you can think of quality only when you achieve the perfect fit!
Don’t waste beautiful fabrics, don’t waste your time and your energy when you are trying a new bra style or a new bra pattern. Work on the fit first, then the quality!
And when you have the fit, invest in making your bra look outstanding from either side. And you can dress the mannequin with the bra turned inside out as if it’s the right side. If it wasn’t for the hook and eye, I could have fooled you this is another bra 🙂
But this is why I wanted to create separate posts for each style, starting with the first one. To show you all the neat techniques this bra teaches you – again – when you have perfected your fit. So you can sew your own professional looking on any side bra. Just like pictured on the cover.