Our Lace Bra Kits take the guesswork out of bra building by putting together everything you'll need to make a beautiful bra using your own pattern. If you need a pattern, we have a great selection on our Patterns Page, both paper and downloadable.
It's October, so we all expect something black and orange. This is a new version of black and orange :). The orange isn't carrots, it's Burnished Copper, and it's gorgeous. It's an October bra that you can wear all year long. We're loving the netted tulle, the intricate embroidery and the subtle coppery accents that gave rise to our Fall 2021 seasonal color Burnished Copper. Our Featured Artist Nadine was inspired by this lace, and here's her explanation...
"This one reminded me of the Beldam’s garden which she created for Coraline in the movie of the same name. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the movie or the book but Coraline finds a secret door to a „mirror world“ of her own. On first glance she prefers this world over her own reality but is then in for a big surprise (no spoilers here). Her „other mother“ (the Beldam) rules the other world and creates this stunning garden just for Coraline… Very Halloween-y. I’d use the Vivien bra pattern to create a partial band bra so both cups look like two patches of said garden. The black partial band represents the fact that - apart from what the Beldam created for Coraline - you can’t find anything else of substance in the „other world“. And the straps (not sure if all black would be better) represent the illusion "hanging by a thread"…"
With the new patterns for undies that work with rigid lace, we've decided to make an Undie kit available for the set. You can also order a regular Panty kit in Microlycra or Stretch Mesh. Just ask for either Midnight or the Seasonal color Burnished Copper.
This bra kit features either Microduoplex, Sheer Cup Lining, or Microlycra as the base fabric. One 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.
A Coraline Lace Bra Kit contains:
- A fat quarter of Microduoplex, Sheer Cup Lining, or Microlycra in Midnight with an option for Burnished Copper
- 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 Midnight with an option for Burnished Copper
- 1 1/2 yards of Coraline lace
- Band elastics in Midnight or Burnished Copper
- 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 Midnight or Burnished Copper
- Twill tape for seam stabilization
- 3 hook and eyes (please specify 2 or 4) to match the band
- Strap elastic
- 6" plus interfacing for self straps (no rings and slides)
- 1 1/2 yards plus rings and slides for elastic straps in Midnight or Burnished Copper
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.