I think the summer trend of bralette's is super cute, and I couldn't wait to try one of my own. While I opted to use some fabric with lace trim that I had, Mood has a great selection of lace trim that might make your job a little easier and be more cost effective. Now, there are a ton of tutorials on Youtube, but you can feel free to use a template for the cups from one of my favorite fellow bloggers (apairandaspare). Can't wait to see how yours turns out. SUPPLIES: Lace fabric or trim, silk lining fabric, straight edge/tape measure, needle and thread, 2 hook and eyes, pencil, elastic, scissors, straight pins, and a sewing machine. HOW-TO: 1. While I used fabric with a lace border, you can also use lace trim. Cut out 4 total pieces for the cups (you can follow this pattern as a guide). Be sure to give yourself at least a quarter inch for seam allowance. 2. Next, sew the two cups together. 3. After that you'll measure the area right below the breast to determine length of band. Cut out desired amount. 4. Make sure the scalloped edge is aligned how you want it below the cups and then pin the strip of fabric you just cut into place below the cups. 5. After you have the shape of your bralette all sewn together, next lay it on top of your lining and outline the form (Note: I sew it size, because you'll sew the edge in a bit). 6. Cut your form out of the lining. 7. I don't own a serger, so here's the step where I sew a finished edge around my lining. 8. Pin the finished edge lining on to the back side of the bralette. Sew them together. 9. Lastly, hand stitch a couple of hook and eyes as closures.
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