Note to self on bra-making

These are some notes to myself, that I should remember when making bras. If these reminders can be helpful to others, that´s a bonus.

  1. Use only bra making appropriate materials. Super stretchy jersey should not be used at all if not specifically called for.
  2. Take your time. Don´t rush things.
  3. Surce ALL materials at the same time. Don´t “make do” with something. It never works out esthetically.
  4. Remember that the difference in seam allowance and widths of elastics make a difference. Always refer back to what the pattern calls for even if you have made it a millon times.
  5. Straight stitches are better for fastening the strap elastic to the front than small zig zag ones.
  6. When inserting chanelling, shift the stitch 0.8 to the left for optimal seam on the inside. The outside can then be where it usually is.
  7. Attatch the bra closure with a 2.0 x 2.0 zig zag.
  8. Use a three step zig zag for the underarm and band elastics. Arund 6.0 x 7.0 is good for smaller widths, 7.0 x 8.5 is good for wider.
  9. Remember that strap elastic and rings and sliders must match in width.
  10. All changes made one place will affect another place as well. Be aware, specially when changing the length of the cup outer dimentions. The wire will not fit if it´s shortened.
  11. Matching thread for each piece will lift the look of the garment significantly.

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