Here is one pattern that took us months to fine tune: 3131 - Bra and Camisole
We had women of all ages, with breast of all shapes and sizes (32C, 36A, 34B, 34D, 38C, 44DD...) try it and we modified the pattern until we had a great fit, with everything is in its place, with the breasts supported, but not squished (we will put pictures of the prototypes -indicating with the bra size our testers usually wear so you can relate- on our website). The bra gives the illusion of a wire, but it is wireless.
We came up with an easy way to pick your size without making any reference to your actual bra size. Full bust measurement = Cup Size and Underbust measurement = Band size. For example, if your measurements are 40 inches (full bust) and 32 inches (underbust), you would use Jalie size "Y" for the cup and Jalie size "V" for the band. It's THAT easy!
All the notions are easily available online. We bought our clips, strapping, finishing and band elastics from two stores: Bra Makers Supply (Canada) and Sew Sassy Fabrics (US). I will put more information about notions on the pattern detail page.
As you can see in the images above, 3131 includes a camisole and a wireless bra that you can turn into a nursing garments using nursing clips instead of rings at the front. The cami has a bit more ease and is longer than our 2564 underwear as it is designed with the "post-partum" figure in mind.
Again, the construction is really simple and fun. Making this is bra definitely faster than shopping for one !
Dancers and skaters, don't despair! We will show a dance/skating leotard/dress pattern tomorrow :)