Whilst I love colour, it is my beige underwear that gets the most wear. I bought this beige and grey lace from elingeria a while back (before they closed :(, still sad about that), and have been saving it for a rainy day.
I wanted to draft a bra with a power bar after reading Emerald Erin's post on power bars. When I went looking for information, I found that Silver Lining Atelier has a great series of posts about power bars, providing inspiration as well as drafting techniques. I also found some good information in Beverley Johnson's Bra Maker's Manual.
The photo below shows my result. Apart from the lace, most of the fabric and findings are from Bra Maker's Supply. I used Duoplex for the power bar and power net for the band. The duoplex looks like a different colour in the photos, but in real life, the colour match is very good.
For the matching knickers, I combined the lace with a lovely stretch lining fabric, which I think was marked Donna Karan at the Fabric Store. I only had leftover scraps of this lining from another project, but it was worth saving the scraps for these knickers because the fabric feels so lovely.
The draft was derived from my self drafted bra pattern, and fits nicely, but it doesn't really give me any extra lift or support (well, not that I noticed). When I thought about it, I realised that my base pattern doesn't give me any lift, and I could probably modify it for an improved cup shape. I started with my self drafted pattern for a 3 piece cup with lace upper edge. I took out about 6 mm along the horizontal seam line and trimmed a bit from the wire line, near the armhole. The resulting cup has a lovely shape on. Now I need to go through all my basic bra patterns and take this same amount of volume from the cups.
I had only a little bit of lace left, so this bra is more duoplex and less lace. I actually prefer the fit of this one to the power bar version.
I recycled the bra sliders from an old RTW bra, because I thought they were such a good match for the lace.
Then I used the last scrappy bits of lace and lining to cobble together a matching bikini style knicker.