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Building My Bra Wardrobe

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You’re probably sick of me piping about Sarai’s the Wardrobe Architect. So let me pipe some more. Ready… okay! Cue cheerleader spirit fingers.

I accomplished a lot from about April to the end of last year. I developed 5 core patterns that would be the base of my me-made wardrobe – a pant and a short (considered one because really, they’re the same pattern), two skirts (here and here), a top and a jacket. For the next couple years, or until my body/style changes, these will be my basic go-to’s. My core silhouettes as Sarai would say. As minimal as the patterns are, I’m very proud of my work and that I followed through.

This year, I’m using the Wardrobe Architect again for a new task – building a solid bra wardrobe. I’ve written about this subject before, and unofficially, I’ve been on this journey for a while. But this year, I’m making it official, being more organized and editing down my rotation as well as tailoring it to my lifestyle better. I’m all about less is more. Below, you can see the current state of my bra wardrobe – in blue is what I’ve already made/mastered and in orange is what I am aiming to add/perfect. I’m not that far away from my goal, amirite?

As a part of finishing this journey, I plan (we all know how plans go!) to compile my patterns, instructions and fabrics for each one, its stretch percentage and zigzag stitch length and width for elastic (with each bra, it’s a little different) into one binder/folder. Why? Because the reason for too many faulty bras last year was choosing the wrong fabric. I swear I sewed 3 times as many bras as you saw on this blog!

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to see examples of each // bra: one, two, three, four, five // undies: one, two

As a part of finishing this journey, I plan (we all know how plans go!) to compile my patterns, instructions and fabrics for each one, its stretch percentage and zigzag stitch length and width for elastic (with each bra, it’s a little different) into one binder/folder. Why? Because the reason for too many faulty bras last year was choosing the wrong fabric, trim and lining. I swear I sewed 3 times as many bras as you saw on this blog!

So here goes nothing. We’re all very courageous in January, setting goals whether they’re realistic or not. I’m taking this one with a healthy attitude – partly planning it while winging it along the way. I’ll keep you updated!

Also, Kristen from Colette Patterns is using The Wardrobe Architect to help her design a personal wardrobe throughout 2015. So, if you missed out on last year’s fun, join Kristen now!

First image shows current bra pattern collection

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8 Comments

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    Amy

    It makes total sense to build a bra wardrobe. Colors, styles, occasions. Sounds like you have a good plan!

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      maddie

      And I’m not that far away from my goal! What’s giving me the most trouble is the thong. I’m currently testing ways to finish the edges sans elastic. For as little fabric as it requires, it’s a pain in my butt!

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    Rae

    This is so cool and exciting, I cannot wait to see the progress you will make on this project. Beautiful lingerie is a passion of mine (although more from a theoretical standpoint since it’s so pricey).

    Rae | love from berlin

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    Stacia | Paper Swallow Events

    A good bra is the base of any outfit. This is a great and super practical goal!

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    Victoria

    I love this concept. Your makes are beautiful and are inspiring me to dive into bra-making asap!

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    newmodellame

    How exciting! There really seems to be a lot of buzz around bra sewing recently. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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    Jo

    I really admire you as a seamstress! ! You’re attentive to detail and march to the beat of your own drum! Good luck, you’ll do fab! Hoping to tackle my first bra this year, that will be interesting!

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