If you look up the word "Bohemian" you'll see that it means "socially unconventional in an artistic way” as well as “was used to denote the Czechoslovakian people and language before the word ‘Czech’ became prevalent" . Combine those two definitions and that's me! My dad was Czechoslovakian. I have sweet childhood memories of my Grandma Rose (I named my custom dress form 'Rosie' after that dear lady!) and my three great aunts speaking in “Bohemian” when they didn’t want us kids to know what they were saying! And I'm not sure if I'm "socially unconventional" but I can definitely say that art is my passion! Maybe that is why I am in love with this lace! The artist in me is taken with the exquisitely ornate details of the pattern. It brings to mind the unconventional and carefree ideas that we associate with the Bohemian.
There are three elements to this lace. First, there is the gorgeous terra cotta overprinting. Next, there is the beautiful lacy fan shaped edging accented by a golden thread. Lastly there is the overprinted center that is more of a fabric than it is a lace and could nearly be used on its own. Add behind all of that the oh so lovely Whisper Pink cup fabric. You can truly create a Bohemian work of art with this kit! Liz of Liz Sews put this gorgeous bra together for us using the Labellum pattern from Lilypa Designs. This bra kit features either Microduoplex, Sheer Cup Lining, Tricot or Microlycra as the base fabric. If you are really feeling the Bohemian vibe you may want to try our new lace panty kit that matches this Bra Builder Combo.
One Bra Builder Combo kit contains everything that you need to make a bra and has enough fabric for 2 with many sizes. To get the second bra with larger sizes, upgrade to the half yard of cup fabric and add a bra finishing kit.
Bra Kit contains:
- A fat quarter of Microduoplex, Sheer Cup Lining, Microlycra or Tricot in Whisper Pink
- Add an extra kit cut of cup fabric and you'll receive a half yard
- 28" x 14" of Powernet (specify regular or firm weight) in Whisper Pink
- 2 yards of Bohemian lace
- Band elastics in Whisper Pink
- 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 in Whisper Pink
- 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. I find it works well to saturate the lace with liquid starch and let it dry before laying out your pattern pieces and cutting your fabric. This stiffens the lace until you wash it and the lace has enough body to behave well in the sewing process.
We offer all these pins, clips, needles and thread here on our site.