1940’s style brassiere pattern give-away…finally!

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.

85 thoughts on “1940’s style brassiere pattern give-away…finally!

  1. What a pretty bra. 40s silhouettes are so soft. I would love to try this, maybe in a coral satin. I’ve been making modern bras and lingerie is getting very addictive–I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a more vintage-style longline bra.

  2. I would like to make this bra in a stretchy satin. What attracts me to bullet bras is the structure and beauty of them. Nothing makes me feel more glamourous than wearing a bullet bra under my vintage garments! And the silhouette bullet bras create while wearing an outfit is truly amazing.

  3. green satin to start with,i’d love for it to go under vintage style clothes i’m hoping to make.tired of buying crappy bras that don’t fit well would love to make my own’have panty and girdle patterns butt no bra yet.

  4. Beautiful, I love the pale green version you made up. I don’t normally wear bras without underwire, but the pattern looks so flattering I’d give it a go! I have some vintage ballet pink silk satin perfect for it.

  5. What a lovely bra. Simple, well cut, and pretty. I have had a mastectomy and this looks like a great project for me. Supportive and cut high. And making it myself means it doesn’t have to be black, white or beige – pretty much all that’s available for us ! I’ve been making do for 5 years. Now here’s a bra that looks so pretty ! And I love the lawn and lace idea ! If I master your pattern I’ll be able to make it in all kinds of fabrics and colours ! And I can embelish it to my heart content. The world’s our oyster ! I’ve just yesterday subscribed to A Few Threads Loose blog and have found your blog through her post this morning. I’m so excited to find this community !

  6. WOW ! What a great blog ! Just started subscribing to A Few Threads Loose ( I found hers yesterday ) who posted about this and here I am. I’ve just this very weekend looked at a sewing class, would you believe, to sharpen up my rusty skills. And, I’m specifically interested in lingerie. I had a mastectomy 5 years ago and am now totally fed up with black and white bra’s. It’s so frutrating to go into M&S ( not some swanky lingerie shop, just plain old M&S ) with my 17 year old daughter and see all the confections that are now available in all the prints and colours and cuts that were never there before. There are specialist suppliers for mastectomy wear, but they stick to basic black, beige, and white. I’m determined to have some pretty ones and want to start making my own. But there aren’t any patterns in the big catalogues, and I’m not at the stage of picking old ones apart – yet ! I’ve also noticed that bra’s today are so often wire them up, pad, pad, pad them out, distort your shape, Barbie is Queen. Why Oh why would a double D bra be padded ? Your bra is lovely. It’s the prettiness that really attracts me, along with the fact that it looks supporting, and is cut high. I love the photo’s and am just feeling so avaricious. I can’t say what I’ll make it in as I’ll have to go shopping and I will ask my tutor’s advice – or yours – for what’s suitable for a rusty but ambitious sewer, but I loved the lace and lawn idea. And I’m also quite interested in using vintage fabrics gleaned from the charity shops.Sorry for such a long post – I can’t do short ones ! Off to investigate and subsribe to your great blog !!

  7. Fantastic giveaway – I’ve been readying myself for this for a while! I’ve got a wonderful length of 1930s, liquidy peach satin that has been waiting for something special, and it would be perfect for this pattern. I’d also go for versions in brights – maybe an emerald green. I really like the feminine lines that styles that this offer. I also *HATE* underwiring and the range of non-wired bras out there on the high street is pretty limited. It would be lovely to restock my delicates drawer!

  8. Oh, what a lovely bra! I would make it in a lovely peach thick satin that my mom gave me. It’s a 50s fabric designed for underwear that she’s had in her stash for many, many years.. Peach underwear really is the altime favorite for me…

    I love vintage because of the different sillouette, the way one feels like a lady when clad in old style clothes. Also as an historian the time between the two wars always have had my special interest, such an intriguing time with interesting developements. I guess the fashion-side of things rubbed of aswell….

  9. I would love to make this in a red satin – just in time for valentine day. I have always loved and worn vintage style clothing over the years and to be able to add some home sewn underwear to my collection would be fab.

  10. Oh wow, wonderful pattern giveaway! 🙂
    I’d probably make it up in silk of a creamy white shade and preferably with a soft flower pattern on it.
    I love the vintage (40’s-50’s for me) style because it’s simply so good looking, not to mention that I think it suits me better than modern fashion, especially the lingerie part. I’ve struggled for years and years with modern bras, but now I’ve discovered the non-underwired vintage style bra that gives the ultimate support. No more modern ones for me!

  11. How wonderful! I would love to buy this pattern if I don’t win. I want to make mine in swiss dot cotton!
    I’ve been learning to make my own lingerie using modern pattern and it is so addicting that I wish i could spend all ay making bras! After working with those modern pattern, I got curious about vintage style lingerie, before power net, lycra and plush elastic. Thank you for wonderful giveaway!

  12. This is a gorgeous bra! My favorite is the sheer, lace green one you have at the bottom with the tap pants.

    If I were making it myself, I think I’d try my hand at a satin and lace, in either black or an aqua. It’s so feminine and lovely!

    The attraction… everything! Overall I think it’s a great design, but it would make putting on my undergarments fun and special. 🙂

  13. Just gorgeous and because I wear a larger size,can see this made up for lounge,lingerie,and even stage wear!
    Would love it in Scarlett silk with black lace of course but also seeing it made up in lilac sateen cotton with grey or mocha lace as a redhead:)
    It’s a just right design of retro pinup-girl glam and not so shy covered up couture,I love your styling!

  14. Love the look! <3 vintage style brings out the lady in me. It makes me stand a little taller & cross my ankles, & apply my lipstick. This is what attracts me to this style. I would love to see it in a vintage satin acetate. 🙂

  15. That’s beautiful! I’d do a hot pink satin with black trim. I was just reading today in Lucky magazine that retro bra tops were very stylish for the summer! The article gave tons of ways to wear them!

  16. I’d like to see how this bra looks in a monochromatic scheme of purples right around the shade of grape and then darker. I would do it in a matte silk and I might sneak in a bit of powernet at the top….or is that taboo???

  17. Wow, these are beautiful! The pattern is lovely—and I am thrilled that you’re offering it in such a range of sizes (well, you all in the UK are more enlightened than we are in the States about this…)

    As I am just starting with lingerie myself, I think I might actually go for a colourful floral cotton, but once I got the hang of it, definitely silk or satin. In sage green…

    Just beautiful. If I don’t win, I’ll be chomping at the bit to buy it. 🙂

  18. Lovely! I would love to make this out of a polka dot cotton voile. It seems like it would make a very comfortable yet pretty bra. I have been on the lookout for a vintage (style) bra pattern since with my bust size most bras out there ruin the silhouette of my retro clothes as they are very rounded.

  19. What a wonderful job you’ve done! Now we all come running, do you hear the clicking thunder of a myriad of vintage heels? I will be making this bra from peach satin, black lace, red silk, royal blue silk and lace, white chiffon, maybe with polka-dots, and that’s just off the top of my head….
    I’ve recently gathered a handful of 1940s knitted sweater patterns. I have a friend that has offered to knit them for me (“for a price, Ugarte, for a price”). She is priceless, don’t you think, yet, worth her weight in gold! Especially as the only purl I know may still hang around my neck, but is spelled differently.
    That being said, I need a 40s silhouette…

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