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. I’d want to make it in classic silk-satin, maybe with contrast stitching. Without the correct silhouette under your clothes outfits will always look like costume not clothing!

  2. So beautiful! I love this! Not sure what fabric I would make it in, but definitely something lush. It would be a nice break from the “mom bras” I’ve been wearing since the kiddies came along!

  3. I’m really interested in trying out a bra with a different silhouette from modern shaped cup bras. I would like to make it out of satin but there are too many colours that would look good – peach, cherry red, aqua, sage green…

  4. Brilliant! Great way to use up some silk and other dainty remnants 🙂

  5. Oh how exciting! I’ve been interested in making lingerie ever since I saw your first post about this pattern. My first attempt would be in cream sateen with pink lace overlay. And then I’d do a bunch in plain pale pink sateen. And some fun light green ones, just because I could! 🙂

    This pattern appeals to me because I have often wished to buy repro vintage lingerie, but can’t afford it. This would give me the chance to try out the look and finally get to choose colors I like for my undergarments!

  6. so gorgeous! I would make one similar to the one pictured in a mint silk satin. And then I would try making one in a cotton.

  7. ooooh… I would make this in a 32B in heavier fabric like duchesse satin. It would be vermillion! With a contrasting black topstitch and a black silk tulle trim along the top. I would line the whole piece in silk. I can’t wait for this pattern to be available – it’s gorgeous.

  8. I absolutely love this pattern! It’s one of my favorites i’ve seen for a 1940 bra. I would make it in a blue lace or satin fabric. I love the style of a 1940 bra because to me at least they are comfier and I love having the correct undergarments on when I wear a 1940 dress.

  9. I haven’t tried to make a bra before, so I think I’d try it out with some red cotton poplin from my stash–that way I’d end up with something cute and not too fussy that I could throw in the wash. Assuming that went well, I’d want to make it in a pale peach charmeuse with black lace accents, because I don’t think there is any sexier combination.

    The 40s style draws me because it is lovely and functional without being restrictive. The silhouette is extremely flattering without requiring you to conform to a particular shape (like the teeny-tiny waist of the 50s or the super-slender hips of the 20s).

  10. That bra is absolutely stunning! You have done a fantastic job creating the pattern. I want one in every color!

  11. I can’t resist this giveaway even if a DD cup is way too small for me (I’m a HH) and just the thought of making a bra scares me, but this patterns is so lovely!

    I would make it in pale grey satin- I have always wanted a bra like a bra like that. I like the 40’s style because it’s elegant but still translates well into everyday life. 🙂

  12. What a gorgeous pattern and samples. I dream about a beautiful blush pick lace and silk bra and high waisted knicker set for when wearing my vintage dresses.

  13. What a beautiful bra pattern. I will definately have to get one once you put these on sale. I love the light green one that you made. I would make mine mostly sheer like that as most of the vintage bras I have are sheer like that and they feel/look sexy. I would probably do a satin for the bottom to start with though i am sure that I would make one out of silk as well as I am sure I will be making several of these.
    I got really into vintage style recently though I have been doing small amounts of vintage style for a very long time. I have always been facinated by it, but what pulled me into it recently is that I wanted my style to make me feel good. I wanted to look beautiful and I didn’t want to be revealing too much to make myself self concious. The cuts lend themselves to my shape and make me feel that I look great

  14. This is a lovely pattern! Not too pointy, but pleasantly vintage. I would love to make it in a soft buy sturdy cotton–perhaps a soft floral (pink!) cotton sateen. I can’t wear wired bras after mastectomy/reconstruction 8 years ago: I’d love to try and make my own bras!

  15. What a beautiful bra!!!
    I hope you will include tips for larger sizes 40G with the pattern.
    I’d love to make it up in silk charmeuse with matching circular panties.

    1. Thank you Gail!
      Well, to be honest that is more of a grade up than I would feel totally confident in doing myself and definitely beyond what I’d be happy to try and give hints to someone for doing that themselves. However, after the current pattern sizes are out in the commercial world (and if I sell enough to have covered my costs at the very least) and I get enough requests for larger sizes I will certainly consider having a 2nd size range professionally done in for instance sizes 38,40 and 42,cups DD-F.

  16. What a beautiful bra! I’d make it in floral cotton satin combined with some lace in cream colour. Oh, and by the way, have you heard of a book called Vintage Lingerie. I was wondering if it was any good?

    1. Cotton sateen would be perfect. That’s the one fabric I haven’t got any of in my stash at the moment but am ordering some shortly to make myself some ‘every day’ bras that I can just throw in a (gentle) machine wash 🙂

      Being quite a book junkie I did buy Vintage Lingerie a few months ago & of course it was the lovely 20’s lingerie photographed on the cover that attracted me to it.. I’m not quite sure what I was hoping for but I wasn’t as thrilled with it as I’d expected. It has some nice lingerie in it, one or two pieces that I found a little odd (the 40’s maternity girdle for one) and some Edwardian underwear that given the many other reference books and actual garments I have are just not that interesting to me personally. There is a 1937 bra quite similar to my pattern in it (so perhaps the vintage Gossard brassiere I based my pattern on is even a little earlier than I thought!) and a 50’s full corselet I particularly like the look of.
      Not all of the descriptions actually give you an idea of the size woman the original garment fitted which isn’t very helpful so you may have to do a fair few toiles and pattern alterations to get something that finally fits.
      Having said all that there are quite a few simpler patterns for things like a 1930’s suspender belt, 40’s linen knickers, the 1920’s lingerie set and the ’37 bra among others which would be nice to make.

  17. Oh, this is lovely! I have a piece of peach sateen that would be just perfect for this… What really attracts me in vintage style lingerie is the possibility to get the right foundation under my vintage garments.

  18. So lovely!!!! As my bra looks a little vintage style, this suits me perfectly! To make a good fitting bra would be wonderful, so I could choose breathable and pretty fabrics, like silk satin or cotton.

  19. Oh that is really very pretty 🙂
    I think it would be prettiest and comfiest in satin… or a soft cotton 🙂
    Anyway you look at it, I might end up buying your pattern!

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