November is the month that we start to plan our menus for Thanksgiving, and we are skipping straight to the dessert in our November Kit of the Month, “Banquet”. We call the color “Blackberry Cream”. It is a rich and creamy mix of the loveliest of combinations of pink and purple, somewhat earthy and muted rather than brilliant. Think of Blackberry Ice Cream and you have it! This is a spectacularly beautiful 7" lace with a rich gold trim that will make a gorgeous fall bra. We are also offering a Lace Panty Kit this month to complete your "Banquet" set. If you prefer panties in Stretch Mesh or Microlycra they would be lovely as well. You can find our Stretch Mesh Panty Kit here and our Microlycra Panty Kit here. Choose our new seasonal color Blackberry Cream for a perfect match.
You can choose your fabrics to get your perfect look and fit. For cups, you may choose Microduoplex, which is the gold standard for a supportive bra. The microduoplex is buttery soft, never ravels or frays, is almost indestructible and lets clothing glide right over it. It has a satin side and a matte side, and you can use either side as the right side. If you've used other duoplex for your bra building, you'll be delighted with the Microduoplex. It has all the lovely features of the polyester Duoplex available elsewhere, but has a lovely hand and conforms to your shape even better. You can also specify Tricot for your cups. Line Tricot cups with the same Tricot fabric but orient the stretch in opposite directions. Finally you can go for a more transparent look with a Sheer Cup Lining base fabric. You can also choose regular or firm power net for your band, the size of your hook and eye and the type of straps that you want. Use our regular weight power net for 75% stretch, great comfort, and very good support. Use our firm weight power net for the strongest support with 50% stretch. This is the power net that Bravo Bella carried for much of 2017 and 2018 except that it isn't stiff, it's soft. The price of the kit will change based upon the base fabric that you specify.
A Banquet contains:
- A fat quarter of Microduoplex, Sheer Cup Lining or Tricot in Blackberry Cream
- 28" x 14" of Powernet (specify regular or firm weight) in Blackberry Cream
- 2 yards of 7" Banquet Lace.
- Band elastics
- 1 1/2 yards of 3/8" scalloped band elastic
- 1 1/4 yards of 5/8" scalloped band elastic
- 1 yard of plush channeling
- Twill tape for seam stabilization
- 3 hook and eyes (please specify 2 or 4)
- Strap elastic
- 6" plus interfacing for self straps (no rings and slides)
- 1 1/2 yards plus rings and slides for elastic straps
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.