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Shiny new underwear

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I read once that a bra should be replaced every 6 months. I’m not sure how seriously I can take a comment like that, perhaps it was written by a bra manufacturer and they would love us to replace our underwear as often as possible?

However, I know that all my bras are rather old. I took an objective look at them today and I found out that actually they aren’t in bad shape, despite their age. I can see that there are only three bras that really should be binned. I suspect a combination of my size not changing for years and going for a particular style – underwired with soft cups may have helped with their longevity. I don’t have many bras with moulded cups and I suspect that this type of bra may last less well.

Underwear collection

1 2 3 4
Approximate age 15 years 10 years 10 years 12 years
Description Black, from Germany Black, soft Black, padded Pink, patterned
Is it on the tightest hook and still not tight enough? No No No No
Is the elastic is so stretched out that it doesn’t bounce back anymore? Yes No No No
Is it stained or “grey” looking? No No No No
Has it got any holes in it? No No No No
Is it the wrong size? No No No No
Have the moulded cups lost their shape? N/A N/A No N/A
Do the wires poke through the cup / channelling? No No No Yes
Are the hooks broken or missing? No No No No
Is it no longer supportive? No No No No

 

5 6 7 8
Approximate age 5 years 8 years 10 years 8 years
Description Dark blue Red White Mid Blue
Is it on the tightest hook and still not tight enough? No No No Yes
Is the elastic is so stretched out that it doesn’t bounce back anymore? No No No Yes
Is it stained or “grey” looking? No No Yes No
Has it got any holes in it? No No No No
Is it the wrong size? Although the same size as the others, this one has always felt a little smaller. No No No
Have the moulded cups lost their shape? N/A N/A No No
Do the wires poke through the cup / channelling? No No No No
Are the hooks broken or missing? No No No No
Is it no longer supportive? No No No No

Even though this selection has clearly served me well for many years, I think it is about time that I added to their number.

I decided to look, first of all, for an easy pattern on the internet. I have been following Madalynne’s blog for a while and she has a few free patterns. The Mallori Lane bralette particularly appealed to me. For underwear with a lot of coverage, it still looks alluring! Not sure why it’s called a bralette – thought -ette was a diminutive ending, so why is a bralette bigger than a bra?

Mallori Lane Bralette

I looked for a few different Mallori Lanes on the internet and loved the one that Lady Sewalot has made and decided to go for a similar look with the powernet as lining and lace on top. I already had some stretch lace in my stash, but I bought all the other items required for the project from Sewn Bristol. These include the picot elastic, elastic straps, powernet, and channelling in “Black Cherry” and gold-coloured rings and sliders . Sewn now has a brilliant selection of lingerie supplies in different colours. I didn’t get one of the kits as these are best suited to standard bras. Instead I bought a ridiculous amount of powernet, (I really hadn’t a clue how much I needed), which will probably last me an eternity, so expect more “Black Cherry” coloured lingerie on this blog!

Mallori Lane Bralette

I made the Mallori Lane in the Small (34”-35”) size, but I significantly increased the back width (a typical change for all my makes).

It wasn’t a particularly difficult make. The instructions were mostly fine to follow, except that the supplies list didn’t contain the channelling and I had to go back to Sewn to buy this about a week later. (Note to self: always read all the instructions first!). That said, the instructions are probably sufficient for most sewists who are familiar with sewing things other than lingerie. The only trouble I had was with how the straps were supposed to be threaded through the rings. I didn’t really understand what was going on and looked at one of my RTW bras to clarify how this was supposed to work. I assume I got it right as I can adjust the straps!

Mallori Lane Bralette

I’m wearing the bralette today and it is comfortable and supportive (at least for me). The pattern is specifically designed for the smaller-endowed (A and B cups). It’s different from my usual preferred underwear, but I think that it is good to try new things. I have always stuck to tried and tested underwear, but I’m learning that with the ability to make clothing my own size, I have more confidence to try new styles. Time to try some proper bras, with underwiring?

And now for a few photos wearing the bralette. It covers a lot so I think I can live with these pictures out there on the internet for all to see……

Mallori Lane Bralette

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Author: steelyseamstress

Sewing a new wardrobe

6 thoughts on “Shiny new underwear

  1. I think the diminutive refers to less hold/support. Where a proper bra can be made for any cup size, I think bra letter are only for the smaller ones, those that don’t need much support.

  2. I’ve yet to venture into make any type of underwear making, it do like reading everyone else’s as one day I’m fairly sure I will. Thanks for posting! 😀

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