This fits me much better than it does Betty. I made about 4 test bras first, using different size bands, different size cups until I worked out that 36B was the best fit. As well as the fit I needed to add a 1/2" dart to the side seam between cradle and band and I did a rounded cup adjustment to reduce the pointed effect of the bra. I'm too old for Madonna type silhouettes!
I had ordered wires, but they aren't right for me, digging into my sides. This bra has underwires as optional, so I chose to not use the underwires.
This bra is made of a red tricot with black rigid lace. The band is powernet. I dyed the elastics and the powernet band. I am so proud of my sewing on this, I think it looks very professional, if I do say so myself!
After a couple of weeks of this I wanted my next one to be a bit simpler so I put together this bralette. The pattern is from an Alison Smith Craftsy Class and is the Eva bralette.
This is made from a stretch lace and cups are lined with spandex. This didn't take long at all to sew and I didn't make any test garments first. The only issue I had was the front ended up slipping to the side leaving me rather exposed. I found stitching up the front of the cups fixed that problem, though it has made it rather snug fitting. I may go up a size next time, or add an extra 1/2" to the bands.