This is a bra I've been mulling over for a while... I had a request from a customer with a very petite band but comparability larger cup size, who wanted sometime soft and comfortable but with support. I could really empathize with her request. I have a 28" band measurement and a 38" bust measurement. To look at me, I am on the curvy side, but no where near Dolly Parton status (Though I did get mistaken for her once at a pharmacy in a very sketchy part of Toronto...), but bras have always been a struggle for me.
I had made a bra similar to this in jersey with stretch lace, which I liked, but found that the center sat too far away from my chest. The customer I am working with also wanted the bra entirely in a non-stretch satin, which posed even more of a challenge. Fitting in jersey is so much easier than fitting in non stretch fabrics.... I'll be working on her bra today, and crossing my fingers that all goes well. Bras can be such a challenge to fit in new sizes!
So, after sewing probably three or four of these I think I have my pattern down pat... I wore the ones I made all weekend, and they are super comfy. I've lined them entirely in organic cotton jersey, which is soft and helps to add some support and body to the fabric.
The front of the bra still sits slightly away from the chest because there is no wire to hold it down flat. The one thing I am very happy with about this bra is it does not give larger chested women that "Shelf boob" effect, it really does separate and give a natural look.
When I finished my first bra and laid it out flat, I thought to myself, "congratulations, Sarah! You've designed a grandma bra..." But when I tried it on, it was totally flattering. Really accentuates the curves, and most importantly, is comfortable.