It brought a certain joy to my heart when my teenage daughter asked if I could have another stab at making her a zero waste bra. Challenge accepted!
It’s been 18 months since I attempted a zero waste bra. (See the two blog posts on this: the first one, and the second one with the pattern.) It was fairly successful but my downfall was lack of comfy elastic and other haberdashery, and I gave up and we went to the bra shop.
However, this time I’m organised and I’ve ordered the necessary bits and pieces. They aren’t here yet (but I saw this morning they’ve already been sent), so while I’m waiting I’ve cut out a trial bra and fitted it.
There’s been a growth spurt since the first bra (B? cup, 35″ bust, 29″ ribcage) and I’m now aiming for about a 12D (D cup, 37″ bust, 30″ ribcage).
I added to the original pattern:
The fitting went very well indeed, with a big tick for supportiveness (for the bra, that is, but I try and be supportive parent too).
The neckline needs lowering, but that’s easy – I’ll just angle it lower, back to the original line.
Lacking elastic for the lower edge, I cut a band 2″ smaller than her ribcage. She really liked it but I suspect it would loose it’s oompf, and elastic would be better long-term.
When the haberdashery arrives, I could make a few changes to this sample and it could be worn.
Til next week,