Back to the sewing machine for me and moulded (foam) cup bras were next - this was on display in the shop. I rather like the whole asymmetrical look of the jersey fabric on the cups:
This is the Amanda pattern. By this stage of the game I realised the importance of taking 'in progress' photos, so I am able to share the making of this bra with you. Incidentally, there are two types of foams cups - the moulded ones that I am going to show you here, and foam cups where you use your pattern pieces (without seam allowances where applicable) to make your own personalized cup.
A small alteration had to be made to the moulded cup and I then covered it with a lovely spotty netting:
I found it quite therapeutic covering the cups - it has to be done carefully so as to not 'dent' the cup, and it turns out that my knee is a perfect stand-in to support the cup! I am on the fence with this bra - nothing to do with the pattern or the fit - just the whole moulded cup thing. I've never worn one before, and the foam is quite warm - perhaps it will be a winter bra!
To finish off this post I wanted to talk about some of the recent comments on Boob Camp and pass on some information. Firstly - thank-you for the comments, you have no idea how excited I get when a comment is left!!
So, in no particular order:
- Check out this link from Bra Makers Supply. Here is a list of bra making teachers throughout the world. It is my understanding that all these ladies have trained with Beverly and deliver the same course that I took - worth looking into!
- Phillipa - I will email Beverley and ask her about pdf patterns and see whether that is on the horizon or not. Also, I know that she travels to Stockholm each year to teach bra making (in English!) so maybe that might be an option for you. It would certainly be a lot closer than Canada! Perhaps drop them an email?
- Louise and Ann - the blog Make Bra has a tutorial about making foam cup bras and Cloth Habit has a sew-a-long for making a regular under-wired bra. The sewing itself is not difficult, I would not say that it is advanced, just that you need to make sure that the different steps occur in a particular order. I would love to know how you get on! The course really explained the whole process - but it is not always possible to attend. I really would recommend it if you can.