Forget Black Friday. True bra making aficionados know that true savings are found in the summer. To celebrate our founder’s birthday month we’d like to invite you to annual Birthday Celebration sale. This is traditionally our best sale of the year with our biggest savings.
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Wondering how to adjust your under band pattern pieces to get the perfect fit? Well, today’s quick tip is for you.
New blog post reviewing these two ladies coming soon.
Take your underbust measurement and calculate 10-15% of this measurement. What % you choose will depend on how firm your Powernet is and how tight you like the band. I prefer to subtract the whole 15%. Subtract this from your underbust measurement. You then must also subtract 2″/5cm for the hook and eye. However, if you are making a front closure bra you would subtract only the width of that closure.
Example for a 36 band with an actual underbust measurement of 32″
32″/ 81.2cm x 0.15 = 4.8″ / 12.18cm
32″/ 81.2cm – 4.8″ / 12.18cm = 27.2″ / 69.02cm
27.2″ / 69.02cm – 2″ / 5cm = 25.2″ / 64.02cm
Once you have calculated the finished length of your under band you need to compare it to your flat pattern. Since most patterns only cover half the bra you may want to divide this value by two. In my case that would be 12.6″ or 34.5cm. How this value gets distributed between the frame and band will depend on your pattern. You could take a second measurement across the front only from where you would like your side seams to be placed and use this to adjust the frame.
This is only a basic formula based on my education and experience in bra pattern making. Your results may vary but it’s a good method to use to avoid having to make random adjustments. This is an adjustment you could make to your pattern before the first fitting.
Hope this helps.
The simplified formula for this is 0.85x – 5cm with x = your underbust measurement. This is when you’re subtracting 15% for negative ease only.
Spring has sprung here in California and the wildflowers are blooming. So celebrate with us and use coupon code SPRINGHASSPRUNG to take 15% off your next order. Coupon code valid on both the website and the Arte Crafts Etsy Store. Offer expires April 17th, 2017
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Mistakes happen in bra making but that shouldn’t set you back. Often there is a simple fix. Today I’m going to cover how you can fix a twisted strap. Like this.
You’re so happy that you’ve finished your new bra and are rushing to put it on when OOPS you discover you’ve twisted the strap when attaching it to the back.
Your sweating just thinking about having to unpick this.
And THIS!!! But fear not there is a MUCH easier way of solving this problem than undoing all of your hard work. This can be fixed simply in 5 minutes.
First cut the bar tack that was attaching the strap to the adjustment slider.
Then you’ll need to loosen up the portion of the strap that is still running through the adjustment slider to give yourself the room you need to thread the cut end back through the inside of the slider.
Then you loop it back through the slider the way it originally was.
And now we take it to the sewing machine and sew as close as you can to the slider.
You might not be able to get a zig-zag in there like I did depending on what machine foot you use so a strong straight stitch will also work. This part of the bra gets hidden so all that matters is that it is secure.
Once you’ve done that trim the threads and the extra elastic off.
Now everything is back the way it should be and you’ve only lost about an inch of the bra strap total including the piece I cut off from before. This took about 5 minutes from start to finish to complete.
Written by Kimberly Hamilton, a graduate of De Montfort University’s Contour Lingerie program who now works as a bra pattern cutter in Germany. Her blog is a treasure trove of technical information and intimate apparel insights.
The name is a mouthful for this English only speaker but I love the behind the scenes look of how she develops her lingerie patterns. I also appreciate that she still does all of her illustrations and patterns by hand.
I love Sofia’s blog for her helpful computer illustrated diagrams of pattern manipulations for bra making. Encourages me to keep on working at getting better at Adobe Illustrator for the sake of my bra making.
One of the most comprehensive bras making blogs on the internet
Your favorite bra making blog didn’t make my list? Let me know in the comments below. Best is always subjective and as much as we like the sound of the word and how definitive it makes us feel there really is no such thing. I just couldn’t resist the alliteration of the title. ;D
Arte Crafts is pairing up with Greenstyle Creations to celebrate the launch of their Endurance Sports Bra Pattern by offering you 20% off your entire order at www.bramaking.supplies between now and the end of September. Use the coupon code ENDURANCE20 at the checkout to take 20% off your entire order. Discount applies to new orders only. Coupon expires Midnight PST September 30th. In order to qualify for free US shipping, your total must be over $35 after the discount is applied.
This week’s Braspiration post is dedicated that is Agent Provocateur. While much could be said about the support or lack thereof in these bras they are a well engineered product. So there is a lot to learn from their products. Agent Provocateur is a brand that is undeniably sexy but I’m inspired by their designs to see how they could be reinterpreted in a wearable way. Because sometimes you don’t want to go full-on sexpot. (Is that an actual word? Let me know ;D).
All photos from Agent Provocateur’s website. No affiliate links have been used.
It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year! Not back to school but the Arte Crafts Bra Making Supplies Birthday Sale. We’d like to thank you for supporting our store over the years and we look forward to many more years of serving our loyal customers. Take 25% off your next order between now and August 8th. Use coupon code BIRTHDAY25 on our website BraMaking.Supplies or in our Etsy Store to take 25% off your entire order. This will be the last discount code offered until Black Friday rolls around.
Offer applies to in stock items. Coupon code does not apply to wholesale orders. Coupon code does not apply to shipping costs. Free domestic shipping on orders over $35 available at https://bramaking.supplies only. $35 minimum purchase after discount required to qualify for the free domestic shipping option.
In order to meet my goal of sewing one bra a week whether it be a sample from another designer’s pattern or one of my own self drafted patterns I have implemented a smaller micro goal of sewing 10 minutes a day. If you follow me on instagram you might have seen snippets of my progress during the past week from cutting to completion. Unfortunately the longest part of the process is waiting for my husband Andre to have time to photograph my finished project. I finished this in time for finished object friday so I’m counting that as a win.
The pattern is Make Bra DL04 in size 95C which is their largest size which is far too big for me. I misunderstood the sizing chart. Also I purchased this pattern when I was a larger breast size. Unfortunately they don’t offer a multi-size option and at the time I opted to only purchase one size. The pattern itself went together quite smoothly and the cup shape was quite pleasant and round with most of the volume being distributed towards the front of the cups. Unfortunately since I didn’t fill out these cups I can’t comment on how well that volume would be controlled.Read More