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Midwinter/Midsummer Josey Bra Kit

Midwinter/Midsummer Josey Bra Kit

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This kit is in honor of the wonderful women who live in the opposite hemisphere and have a very different experience of weather from each other. This gorgeous tulle lace can be paired with Pewter and seen kind of as glistening snow with silver and gold highlights, or it can be paired with warm Topaz and be right at home in the heat of the summer. You can make a bra for all seasons! 

This tulle embroidery lace is a non-stretch lace, so you will want to use it on non-stretchy parts of any bra, matching panties, bralettes or other items. The background color of the tulle is the same warm Topaz as the embroidery. 

We're offering this bra with 3 colors for the cup, the cool silvery tones of Pewter, the warm golden tones of Topaz (a special color) or with a neutral background of Frost. As with all of our kits, just let us know if you want to change things up a bit and put two or even all three colors into your garment. Just leave notes and we'll make it happen.

This kit is designed to be used with the new Josey bra pattern available exclusively at Bra Builders. The microduoplex is buttery soft, never ravels or frays and is almost indestructible. If you've used other duoplex for your bra building, you'll be delighted with our microduoplex. It has all the features of the polyester duoplex available elsewhere, but it has a lovely hand and conforms to your shape even better. Pairing microduoplex with lace provides all the support of microduoplex, and adds the beauty of the lace. 

There are two supportive power net options to choose with your Josey bra. Use our regular weight power net for 75% stretch, great comfort, and very good support. Use our 50% stretch firm weight power net for even more support. 

 The kit contains:

  • 18" x 29" of Pewter, Topaz or Frost Microduoplex cup fabric
  • 18" x 29" of Pewter, Topaz or Frost Sheer Cup Lining
  • 14" x 28" of Pewter, Topaz or Frost Power net (choose regular or firm weight)
  • 1 yard of Midwinter/Midsummer embroidered tulle lace 
  • 1 yard of plush channeling
  • 1 1/4 yards of Pewter, Topaz or Frost 5/8" upper band elastic
  • 1 1/2 yards of Pewter, Topaz or Frost 3/8" lower band elastic
  • 1 yard of Pewter, Topaz or Frost nonpicot elastic
  • 3 hooks and eyes (please specify 2 or 4)
  • Strap elastic with G-Hooks and slides 
  • Underwires

    For many sizes, you have enough fabric to make 2 bras. To get the most out of your supplies, order a bra finishing kit in the same or a complimentary color to get a second bra out of your kit.

    Sewing Notes:

    When working with a stretch fabric layered over a stable fabric like stretch lace over microduoplex or stabilized sheer lining, remember to cut your stretchy fabric a bit smaller than the stable fabric. Vary the amount that you reduce based upon the size of the piece that you're sewing. For larger pieces, you might want to reduce by a scant 1/4", but for a small section it might just be 1/16".

    The strength of our microduoplex fabric, which makes it so wonderful for bras, also makes it hard to puncture with needles and pins. This is true with most duoplex fabrics. Use either fine silk pins or Wonder Clips to pin (I find Wonder Clips work best), and a Microtex 80/12 needle with a smooth thread like Superior Threads So Fine or Mettler Metrosene to make it easy to sew. In my testing, the So Fine thread and Microtex 80/12 won the challenge of the nicest stitch on microduoplex, and as long as my presser foot completely covered the seam allowance, I found it just as easy to sew as quilting cotton. I moved the needle to the right to set my seam allowance at 1/4" since my presser foot is a bit wide.

    We offer all these pins, clips, needles and thread here on our site.