The kit includes everything you need to make your first bra. My favorite part of the kit was that little pink piece of paper. On one side is a "general" supply list. On the other is a little "worksheet" where you fill in your pattern name, size, and the findings that you'll need. You just fill in the amounts & widths. It's very neat.
First I had to figure out my size. I had ordered the yellow size range (30 E and up) but when I measured myself according to their directions, I came out to a 32D. My 32 size band bras are actually a little loose (and the pattern doesn't include D cups) so I cut a 30E (the cups of a 32D & a 30E are the same)
|"DOGS" stands for "Direction of Greatest Stretch"|
Then I pinned the fabric pieces together. Generously. Using more pins than I have on anything ever.I also used my fabric shears over my rotary cutter this time. If I keep sewing lingerie, I will probably invest in the 18mm rotary cutter.
I laid all the pieces out as recommended in the Make & Fit book from my kit. I "labeled" all the pieces on the left using my blue stripe Washi tape and everything on the right using my green polka dot Washi tape so that I wouldn't mix everything up. This was brilliant (if I may say so myself) until the actual sewing. Then it was a pain. But I just removed most of the Washi tape once I had it at the machine.
As for the construction itself, it has went pretty well so far. My biggest (only?) problem was topstitching the cups. The instructions did not specify to press--and I KNEW I should. But I doubted myself. So the topstitching is a hot mess & I have some rippleing from our wrestling match; trying to keep the itty bitty seam allowances open WHILE sewing.
Setting the cups into the band went beautifully. Adding the channelling had me stumped for a minute or two but I got it. :) And this is what it looks like so far:
All that's left is the elastic on the upper band & straps, adding the neckline trim, finishing the straps & adding the hook & eyes. Then we'll try her on & see how she fits. I'm not really planning on this one being wearable (for one it isn't a nursing bra...though I could alter that after the fact) but I do have high hopes for my red version. :)