We are on to part 2, and the more challenging part of our sew along: sewing our Pin Up Bra!
Anna's pattern comes in two styles, a short bra, and long line bra. Of the two, the longline bra is the more challenging sew and will require some pattern manipulation which I will walk you through.
But now for the fun stuff, gathering your supplies. There are so many ways you can finish this garment, so be creative and don't be afraid to try something new.
I am using the same satin I used as an accent on my corset. I've also gathered up some white stretch lace, which I will use as a contrast, and to give my bra a little more give, and some nude coloured stretch lining (I chose a knit because I am cutting my cups on the bias). I am going to edge my bra in cream coloured picot edged lingerie elastic, and I am creating a false band with plush back bra elastic, which I will also use for part of my straps. I have hook and eye tape for my closure.
If you are sewing the short bra, you will need some kind of bra back closure. You can use an S-hook, Hook and Eye closure, or a Vintage closure like Anna. I will be adding adjustable straps to mine, so I've set a side some small o-rings and sliders. I got these adorable heart slides on Etsy .
If you are for more of a reproduction look, skip the elastic and use some bias binding to finish your edges, and ribbon for straps. You can also add boning to the side of the cups if you feel you need some extra support.
Are you excited? Nervous? Scared? Already finished? Do you plan on sewing the short version or the long line version? I like this pattern so much, I think I will sew both!