As I become more involved in bra making, I’m wearing less and less handmade garments. Sigh. Truth is, there are only 24 hours in a day and I simply can’t make it all. I’m okay with that because I have some pretty darn fancy lace on my sewing table constantly. What bra am I grabbing day in and day out? Other than Nina and Nellie Warner, it’s Mallori Lane. Which one I pick depends on the blouse I’m wearing that day. It’s not just me who likes this style. I’ve had many requests from friends and coworkers who don’t know how to sew to make them one. I made one for my manager!
This interest pushed me to create a free PDF pattern so that you can make your own. It’s is available in limited sizes – xx-small through large – and meant for cup sizes A-B because there is no shaping via a seam or shirring. No, that’s not vanity sizing. I am the smallest size with a full bust measurement of 31″ and I want to offer a modern bra pattern for other petite women. Also, because it’s free, the pattern doesn’t come with the bells and whistles most other indies offer. There is a size chart, simple construction steps, and visuals that provide enough information to make the bra, but there won’t be a sew-along, blog tour, etc. I have total faith that you can make it! The trickiest part is attaching the elastic to the top BACK band before sewing it to the FRONT band. So read the construction steps carefully!
The purpose of this release is to be a gauge of whether I should release future patterns. Selling patterns is a huge commitment. Although I’d love to see other women in my designs, if there’s no market for it, it’s not worth it.
Another big announcement – I’m now offering custom bra orders of this bra, Nellie Warner and Nina Warner. Like I wrote above, I’ve received many emails from people who can’t sew but want one. If you’re one of those people, email me for prices and turnaround! Please note that I’ll be taking orders on a first come, first serve basis.
To go along with the release of this pattern, Arte Crafts is offering white findings kits. In one kit, you have enough strap and picot elastic (both fully dyeable), channeling and metal rings and sliders to make your own iteration. All you need is stretch fabric and lining, which you can also purchase at her store.
Phew! I think I covered it all! Thank you again for following along with my bra making adventures. I’m really excited to take this next step. Lingerie feels right to me; like it’s what I’m meant to make as a seamstress.
Click here to download the pattern. If you make Mallori Lane, be sure to share it on Instagram with the hashtag #bramakingwithmadalynne and #mallorilane or email me with photos. I might do a round up later on.