We’ve started a whole new year of exciting bra-making challenges for you! This year, our overall theme is A Solid Foundation. We are focusing on helping you become the very best bra-maker you can be. Our first month’s theme is We’ve Got Your Back, in which we challenged you to show us your creative backs of your bras, bralettes, swimwear, corsets or other intimate apparel. Are you ready to see the We’ve Got your Back Challenge Entries and where they call home? We are too! As you may know, we like for the bra-makers to tell the story in their own words.
Hello Beverly and all! I missed doing any of the challenges last year so I am looking forward to this years! I have been considering trying the back straight across to see if it reduces sag on the upper side of the band. I was a little concerned however with the amount of stress there would be at the strap attachment … which led to wondering if the strap attachment could be widened … so here is my first try at making an interesting yet comfortable bra back! I started with the Heather, fitted at last year’s Saskatchewan Stitches Conference, and made a few changes. I used a 12mm bias tape maker to make the individual straps and attached them under the upper band elastic although I did reinforce the band attachment. The spread also allows the straps to be closer to the centre to help prevent the straps falling off my narrow shoulders. I think I would make the band higher and use a larger hook & eye on the next one, but so far it feels good.
I have made a bralette from a free pattern of a sewing pattern. The back of the bralette is my own imagination.
Here is my back submission. This time I reversed my straps (elastic at the front and non-stretch to the back). It is really comfy. Thank you for setting up these challenges.
Here’s my entry for the 2019 “We’ve Got Your Back” challenge. I fell in love with Beverly Johnson’s Y-back template in the Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques class. I used a regular navy bra kit with navy lace and navy FOE. I started on January 12, 2019 and finished on January 25th. I’m a US Federal worker, working without pay, so I started making bras, out of necessity, and to pass the time. Thank you for your consideration.
Good day, Attached pictures of my January idea. I Made a swimming suit for my daughter with a “racerback”. I used lycra with tribal print. Greetz!
Hi! My name is Jodi and I have my first bra to submit! Yay! For this challenge, I decided to use the Mama Bralette. I used the cross back version and I absolutely love it. I did not think I would ever get support from a bralette (I have the Sweet Sixteen pattern but haven’t had a chance to make it yet!) and I was pleasantly surprised by how supported I feel in this bra. I generally wear a 30H or HH as I’m nursing at the moment and I made this (40F with a 5-inch cross-over at the front) and it feels amazing! I used 8.5-9 inch stretch lace and lined the cups with stretch mesh. I love the back cross and hope to make some open back sweaters to show it off. I’m also thrilled that I finally had the time to make something!
I was a little pressed for time, but here is my 1st submission for 2019. I added a little lace to jazz up this otherwise bland white Ruby bra.
This bra is based on the horizontal cup, “Heather,” and has the lace extending to the shoulders in front. The back has somewhat exaggerated back strap extensions, with the straps moved as close to the center as possible. Even with narrow, sloping shoulders, the straps never fall off. Yes! Thank you Beverly and Denise for showing me how to solve that problem.
Louise D. (Belgium)
Louise F. (Canada)
- turning the picot edges to the inside of the band; and
- folding narrow elastic into a triangle where it joins wider elastic on the straps.
Well done everyone and what a great start to our 2019 Ultimate Bra-makers Challenge! Next month, share with us photos of your tips and tricks for the Basics of Bra-making as we continue to build our Solid Foundation of Bra-making Skills!
Your Fairy Bra Mother