Introducing the Fenway bra!
As you may guess from the name, this style was inspired by baseball and because today is the home opener at Fenway Park in Boston, I have been waiting until today to release this pattern!
I first started thinking about his bra style when a foul ball unexpectedly fell into my lap at a ball game. I was inspired by the curves and stitching detail on the ball and started thinking about what a baseball inspired bra would look like.
I knew for sure that I wanted a curvy lower cup shape, which I was able to get by removing the frame of the bra. The rest of the style elements – the triangle upper cup and the fold over elastic – contribute to an overall fresh and sporty look, all of which seem to say “baseball” to me.
This is my first frameless design; that is, the cups are not set into a frame but are attached to separate band and bridge pieces. This means the construction is a bit different when applying the underwire casing. Of course, as usual, I have fully illustrated instructions to walk you through the process.
As mentioned, this bra uses fold over elastic to finish the upper edges of the bra for a fun and sporty finish. If you have shied away from using fold over elastic in the past, fear not – my instructions include a super simple method to attach that trim! I am convinced that the fold over elastic is the reason why this bra sews up faster than any of my other styles!
I used a sheer fabric for the upper cup for the initial samples. I am just loving the play of the sheer and the opaque right now. Of course, because this is sewing and you get to make what you want, you do not have to use a sheer contrast! You can be sure that I will be making several Fenway variations over the coming months and sharing them on Instagram.
In terms of sizing, the initial range for the Fenway bra is 30A to 40DD. However, I am considering working on an expanded range for this style. As with my previous bra sewing patterns, the key determinants for developing a larger size range are sufficient demand and the ability to create proper support with similar styling as the original design. What this means is that if you want to see a larger size range for the Fenway bra, be sure to let me know!
Update June 2017: I truly appreciate all the requests for more Fenway bra sizes. I love the enthusiasm for this style! Based on your feedback, I created some initial mock ups and discovered that expanding the size range will not be possible for this design.
Once I started making the necessary changes to support and flatter larger cup sizes, I was no longer able to create proper support with similar styling as the original design. Sadly, not every bra design translates well to larger cup sizes!