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LBB: Little Black Bra

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While the fun in fashion comes from taking style risks, I’m the type of person who always goes back to black. Have you ever noticed that most of my me-made lingerie is black, white or cream? I’ve thrown in a burnt orange bodysuit here and a blush pink set there to add some flavor to my lingerie drawer, but for the most part, I’ve stuck to the most basic color like Annie Oakley stuck to her guns. It might be hyperbolic to say, but LBBs, or little black bras, are my boobs most ideal and reliable BFF. Depending on what the occasion warrants, it can be dressed up, dressed down, or not dressed at all. They’re also a blank canvas that you can put almost anything over. A white button down? Totally. A sheer blouse? Ow ow! A choker and a pair of mules. No seriously, a little black bra goes a long, long way.

More than any other designer, Coco Chanel is the woman who made black oh-so-tres-chic. Her black sheath dresses made worn with a string of white pearls proved that the darkest hue was a women’s most essential piece. A must-have next to food, water, and a good pair of stilettos. Its silhouette has changed over the years, but what has stayed constant are women’s interpretations of LBDs and LBBs . Wearer’s of black have an endless spectrum of individual style choices; No women wears black the same, and that’s the beauty of it.

Need more convincing to add (another) one to your wardrobe? Swoop up your own LBB here or whip up a black set using the Madalynne X Simplicty 8228 or 8229. Because black is the new black.

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    This is such a beautiful make. Now I’m even happier I bought both your patterns!
    I wonder – do you think it would be possible to use the cups of the 8228 with the band of the 8229? I really like the shape of both but would love to do a non-pullover bra with straps instead of the racer back like your tutorial….

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      The cups of the 8228 would not fit into the frame of the 8229. You could reduce the width of the back band of the 8228 so that it would fit into a 3 hook + eye and then add elastic shoulder straps (instead of fabric straps). Not sure if I worded it clearly – let me know if you understand.

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        Francesca Amodeo

        Very clear and thanks very much for replying . I’ll try that.

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