This morning I faced the fact that I had to just stop making samples, doing fittings, planning, thinking, what-if-ing (aka procrastinating) and just get this give-away (first blogged about here) going.
So here’s the deal:
To enter the draw just leave me a comment on this post and tell me what fabric you imagine you’d like to make this bra in and what the attraction of a vintage style like this is for you.
4 randomly drawn winners will receive a copy of my new 1940’s style brassiere pattern (which ultimately will also be for sale).
This is a completely newly developed pattern, drafted by myself- not a scan or re-mastered vintage sewing pattern and I have it in band sizes 32, 34, 36 with cup sizes A through DD.
Comment entries will be taken until midnight Feb 13 (London time) and on February 14th I’ll announce 4 randomly chosen winners who (once I get your details) will be mailed a printed bra pattern in their stated bra size complete with making instructions.
You do not have to subscribe to this blog…. but new subscribers are always really appreciated and the obvious benefit is that you’ll be among the first to know when I post another freebie pattern or stage another give-away.
But back to the bra:
The pattern I’ve drafted is based on an original Gossard “Line of Beauty” brassiere that I frequently wear and just love the look and fit of. I think it’s from early 1940’s as, though it is gently pointy and supportive, it isn’t yet a full-on sweatergirl ‘lift and separate’ style. After various drafts and making trials I finally achieved a sample that I felt was an accurate yet modern version of the style which I then had graded in a range of sizes by a professional lingerie pattern grader.
I’ve spent this last week doing nothing but making bras!
I’ve made them in silk satin and cotton tulle, chantilly lace, printed cotton, and a vintage satin acetate.
I’ve badgered women of varying ages(18-55) and sizes (32B, 34C,34DD (that cup size also fit a girl who usually wears 32E beautifully, simply had to make the back elastic shorter), 36B and 36DD) into trying them on for me.
Included in the making instructions will be lots of sewing tips and info on the results you can expect from using different fabrics.
I could probably now make a bra with my eyes closed!
Currently I only have pictures of the recently made brassieres flat (as you see in the slideshow)However I have been promised photo-shoots by a couple of friends willing to model and will post those as soon as I can.