I was going through my photo library this week and realized I totally forgot to blog about some of the Harriet bras I made in a bra-making spree this spring. Since these get worn at least once a week I figured it was appropriate to talk about how much I love them.
The Harriet Bra from Cloth Habit is hands down my favourite bra pattern ever. I talked about my fitting process in this post, and now that I have that taken care of, I know I can bang a few of these out anytime the fancy strikes me. One of my favourite things about bra-making is how fast it is; once you get the techniques down you can easily make a few in an afternoon. I spent a lot of time this year sourcing beautiful laces and notions, so I'm set for a good long while (or until the next time Tailor Made Shop releases new kits).
This pretty lady is one of my favourites. Since it's fleshy coloured, it works well under white shirts, which is a nice alternative to the gross beige "tshirt" bra I was often wearing before this one entered the rotation. The lace and strap elastic are from Bra Maker's Supply, but most of the other notions have been picked up here and there over the years. I buy blush pink elastics whenever I find them since they look beautiful in coordinating and contrasting configurations. I never knew I was a lace bra girl, but Harriet has me hooked. They're just so darned pretty, and even a basic outfit feels a little elevated when I know I've got one on underneath.
I also wanted to experiment with making Harriet using other fabrics since the texture of lace often shows up under thin fabric. The most common bra cup fabric is duoplex, and while I think it can often look cheap, it has the perfect amount of stability and doesn't require any special treatment. I got a half yard of black duoplex from Bramaker's and used some of it for my third attempt at this pattern.
To jazz this bra up a little, I used a lined stretch lace for the cradle in addition to the duoplex cups. I like the break in texture and it makes the bra seem a little higher end. The notions and powernet are from BraMakers as well, but I dyed them a rich paprika using acid dyes from Dharma Trading. The colour came out a little more vivid than I intended and I worried that the combined effect was a little too Moulin Rouge, but this bra has grown on me and is a great choice when I need something smooth to wear under dark shirts. My biggest regret is not switching to a matching thread for the band; I think the black contrast zig zag looks a little too homemade. I also wish I had dyed a hook and eye set to match. Lesson learned.
These two ladies along with my white lace Harriet are the bras I wear the most. Because the fit is so perfect on me (hard to tell on my dressmakers form but it's true!) they are truly comfortable. I never have that digging in feeling, or feel the need to whip my bra off as soon as I get home (par for the source with rtw bras). Making bras is truly an investment in your own happiness.
What's your favourite bra pattern? And any suggestions for cup fabrics I could use that aren't lace or duoplex?