The green cherry print on this lycra is so cute that I snapped it up the moment I saw it online. This was whilst I was in transit and looking for things to sew whilst I was in a hotel.
Norma, of Orange Lingerie, released her Marlborough bra pattern that week, so the match seemed inevitable.
Of course, it was only after I cut it out that I realised that the print was directional.
I didn't have access to my stash, so all the notions and other bits are from Lincraft. Lincraft didn't have any wire casing, so I made my own casing by folding over a non-stretch bra strapping, which seemed to work well.
I didn't have my other patterns to compare to this one, but I did have access to Norma's bra fitting book on my daughter's kindle, so I made a muslin and followed her book to adjust the fit. It is the first bra pattern ever that I have not had to adjust the bridge. I did have to adjust the cups to accommodate breast shape by flattening the curve of the bottom of the cup. The second muslin showed that I was good to go.
Overall, I was pretty happy with the fit of the cherry bra. The straps sit wide, similar to my favourite RTW bras, but I must admit that they were a little too wide for me (unusual), so on the next one, I moved the back scoop a little to be closer to the CB.
So I made up a second bra, with the only change being to move the back strap position a little. Only, this one does not fit at all. The elastic and stretch lace is much firmer and I can't actually do the bra up. I added on an extender hook and eye to try it on. The straps were pre-made straps from Lincraft and they are a little short so the power bar pulls up too much as well.
Now that I have all my sewing supplies with me, I compared this bra to my standard pattern and can see that the band is significantly shorter. Amy, of Cloth Habit, has a great tutorial on adjusting the bra band, but in the past I have used elastics and fabrics of similar strength, and have not needed to do this. I'll have to go back to this tutorial!
I found it a struggle to fit the wires in, and wondered if this was because of the Lincraft wires, but now that I compare patterns, I can see that the CF of the Marlborough bra is a little lower than my standard (self-drafted) pattern.
Here is a photo of the insides. The cups were lined with batiste.
Similar to other reviewers, I think that the bra pattern could do with a few more notch points. Also, I would like the pattern to show how to place the pattern on scalloped lace, as I showed in this previous post.
This was the same time that I was testing the runderwear in the Threshold shorts pattern, so the knickers are based on that pattern. I did adjust the pattern to use wide lace elastic instead of standard lingerie elastic.
So, in summary, I will be making the Marlborough bra again, but I will be reviewing Amy's band tutorial before I cut!