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.

86 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Juanita
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 22:08:25

    I visited your site today and was very impressed with your vintage pattern tutorials. The 1940’s Style Brassiere Pattern give-away impressed me the most. I like the idea of making my own bra with materials that are less irritating to my sensitive skin and to get away from the underwire feeling. I would very much like to win this 1940’s Style Brassiere Pattern. Thanks so much for the other tutorials. Look forward to visiting your site in the future.


    • VeraVenus
      Jun 11, 2012 @ 18:27:03

      Thank you Juanita 🙂 Unfortunately the bra pattern give-away was in February and is over.
      However if you would like to buy a pattern just contact me via my site contact form and I will see what I can do .
      I’m glad you like the tutorials, there will always be new ones and free patterns posted when I have time so do check back.


  2. Malcolm rayment
    May 20, 2012 @ 12:30:48

    Have just got into sewing,very relaxing,Haave made my wife your circular french knickers,ahe love the grannie panties ive made here,the pattern for the 40s bra would definetly compliment her undies.I would use a silk or nylon type fabric to make the bra would be a great challenge.Love your web site has been very helpful.My wife loves 40s undies as shes size 18 and gives her coverage and also compliments her body shape.


  3. jane
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 16:28:22

    I would love to buy a pattern,love collecting vintage patterns and books


  4. jane
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 13:06:56

    have just found your blog ,recommended to me by a friend
    I love what you are doing,I am hoping to start selling vintage style lingerie here in the uk soon,I used to do this in the seventies
    do I understand you hope to start selling patterns?? well I will be buying ,need to add to my vintage stash of patterns and books,again thanks,jane


  5. stars
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 00:41:56

    I’m desperate for the right underwear but too broke for the fancy reproduction stuff.I haven’t picked the fabric yet but I will probably shop my stash…


  6. Norma
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 16:39:27

    This bra would look gorgeous in a pink silk satin, or any color for that matter. It so captures the era of glamorous lingerie of the 1930s and 40s, even though we rarely got to see it in the movies after the Hayes Code restrictions came into play.
    The lines of the lingerie of this period are so classic and flattering to the figure.
    I adore the tap panties and step-ins of this period, so romantic and feminine, yet demeuere. I made a set and embroidered my monogram on the side a short while back and my husband loved them. I also made a pair of classic band leg (or cuff leg) briefs in a silk satin. He’s into the old movies like I am and, consequently, the fashion, even though it’s much before our time. Making vintage lingerie is such fun, and especially modeling it for my husband.


  7. VeraVenus
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 01:07:13

    Ok, by my clock it’s reached midnight here and entries for the draw are now over.
    Over my coffee tomorrow morning I’ll do that online random number chooser four times and post the winners.
    Stay tuned……


  8. Danni
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 00:35:22

    This pattern is great!! I want to make it in every color!! I love the fit of vintage bras!


  9. Aubrey
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 00:33:23

    I’d like to make this in a pink silk. I want to be able to make my own vintage bras. I love the pattern!


  10. Elisabeth
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 00:17:21

    I LOVE this style bra – very lovely and feminine and not too pointy. I am just about to start sewing (in the research and pattern finding stage) my own 1930s/40s undergarments and I am really looking forward to when your pattern is available! I see white or peach cotton sateen bras ahead of me! 🙂


  11. blackoutgal
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 19:42:37

    wow, so beautiful! i think it would look divine in a leopard print satin, something to add a little sauce to the elegant and reserved beauty of the pattern! (plus it would fit my leopard print / vintage obsession nicely) I might even want to make it in a red leopard print to take it that little bit more over the edge. The style really appeals to me too in that it looks so comfortable, and just supportive enough. Plus, it would help me to get the perfect and proper look under the wonderful polka dot 40s shirts I have been making myself recently. amazing.


  12. Naidu
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 19:05:55

    I hope to make this bra at some point and have been checking periodically (and impatiently) for the pattern to become available. I want to make the same bra, over and over, but in humorous and pretty designs, stripes, polka dots, leopard print, and in my favorite material of all time-silk!


  13. Maud
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 07:13:52

    Hello! Just found your blog and really like it!
    The pattern is very nice, and a definitive purchase when you put it for selling. I would make it in lace for days when I would like to feel feminine, and in cotton for every days.
    I have always been drawn to the old ways, and I have learned how to spin and weave just to know how it was done. My favourite time period is the 30’s-50’s (we are living in a house built in 1934, and that has also sparked my interest in the architecture of the period). What I like in the clothing of the period is that it allows women to look like women, the feminine touch.


  14. Alyssa
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 06:21:29

    I would love to make myself a bra in a satin or some such gorgeous fabric. I am desperate to find a good bra pattern. Being done with nursing babes I have lost most of my bust & am down to 36A (probably AA). I was searching the internet for good patterns & couldn’t resist trying my at winning your lovely pattern.


  15. A.J.A.
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 01:36:39

    I loved this when your first posted it to Sew Retro- what a lovely design! I am attracted to all things vintage in style- I like understated elegance and quality, so I suppose it makes sense. I am small busted, so I don’t really need all of the new fangled contraptions people use to wrangle their busts. This bra has a simple, lovely look. I would make this up in a copper satin that sits waiting in my stash. Thanks for the opportunity to win!


  16. Katie
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 22:29:21

    I dream of this brassiere in brocade chinoise…turquoise base and a bird pattern – absolutely beautiful!


  17. Lisa
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 21:37:10

    I adore this pattern and even if I’m not selected to win, I’d love to buy a copy of it!! It’s beautiful!


    • Lisa
      Feb 10, 2012 @ 21:47:37

      whoops! I forgot to mention that I’d love to try it in silk satin for a dressier look and maybe out of cotton for an every day bra. I really like the style details of earlier time periods and love the fact that this bra has no underwire!


  18. lesleyanne
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 14:17:17

    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!


  19. DeeM
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 14:07:30

    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!


  20. Ellen
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 08:40:08

    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…


  21. Cat
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 04:38:49

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


  22. Casey
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 00:38:02

    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!


  23. maryvannote
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 20:20:16

    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.


  24. Stephanie
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 17:34:07

    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.


  25. Danielle
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 05:08:59

    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.


  26. Melissa
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 03:07:17

    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).


  27. Lindsay
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 23:50:38

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


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