The plunge style really seems to be what does the trick for me in getting my bra bridge all the way back to the chest wall. A couple of other titles I’d thought for this post were: Tah Dah! or Hallelujah!
I ‘tweaked’ my bridge ever so slightly. After wearing the basic black plunge bra, I could see the bridge could still come up about 1/4″, so I added that to the pattern. I also looked around on the internet to see what other plunge styles were out there – what were the most common ones.
There are a LOT of foam cup plunge bras out there. But foam and I don’t fit one another really well, so until I want to make a cut foam bra… I’ll make the cut and sew cup ones. In the cut and sew style I found two predominant styles. The most common seemed to be a vertical seam in the cup, the second most common was a classic cup with a split lower seam. I opted to make the second one.
I’m not 100% happy with the upper cup yet, but… it FITS! The bridge fits, the cups fit, the band fits, the straps fit! I may go back to that Hallelujah after all! I’m so excited to finally have the fit down. Now the fun begins as I play with patterns and lace! Woo hoo!
Here’s some of the fun I had with the lace placement. This one is peeking out under the cross cup seam. And this photo also shows how the lower cup seam met the bridge-cradle seam. I didn’t plan that, but LOVE it when that happens. Definitely not changing that pattern part!
And the other cup has the lace peeking up along the wire line.
I took a look at my pattern after the last time where the eyes met the band, and it was fine on the one side. I put it down to elastic placement on that one, and was watchful on this bra and this one fit perfectly.
One of the things I brought away from having a bra teacher come to my home was to use strap tape and strap elastic (I don’t know if I love that 100% or not; I’m still playing with that one), and to put bows over the seams where the strap meets the cup. I do LOVE that! It is such a pretty detail.
Back to the strap tape and strap elastic. That was a bump in the road. I had them all sewn together and had attached them to the front of the cup. Oh wait, when I copied the Fantasie bra the straps were different and I had to really look at them to figure out what was different. I did like those straps so have done them a couple of times now. They use only elastic, but I didn’t have enough elastic, but with the tape had enough. I had to take the straps off the front of the cups because I had to feed them through the slider and ring. Well the slider wasn’t lose, and it really didn’t want to go over the seam I’d just sewn to attach them. I did get it, but will have to think of something else for the next time I do straps.
Here’s my strap looking a little worse for wear after getting the slider over that seam.
On a positive note again, did you notice the beautiful form I was using? I had used a friend’s form when I worked in her store, but when I left just didn’t feel comfortable going to do that anymore. So I just got a pretty new form for myself. And I’m already dressing her up!
Here she is being draped for a new beige top.
We had a bit of an adventure going to pick her up. We had to drive into the city from out-of-town, and we knew it was going to be tight getting there. We were about five minutes from closing time and my dear hubby took a wrong turn. We had to drive around a city block and I could see it from the other side of the road – it looked dark. Undaunted, my hubby pulled up to the door, and I watched the staff all driving away and looked at the closed sign. He said, ‘Go try the door.’ And I gave him one of those looks only a wife gives her husband. I got out of the car, and walked to the door and to my amazement the door opened! My hubby said my mouth literally dropped open. We both bolted into the store at that point only to be told it was closed.
I asked as sweetly as I could, ‘If I know exactly what I want and it’s only one thing, can I buy it?’ He said yes, and I delightedly brought her home that evening.