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How to make a Denim Look Bra

From the The Orange Lingerie Blog
How to make a Denim Look Bra

When I launched the Lansdowne bra sewing pattern, I showed a sample bra that looks like it is made of denim and lace. I got SO many questions about this fabric! Everyone thought I used actual denim! I want to make sure that everyone gets a response from me about how I got this look. So, in this blog post, I am going to show you exactly how I did it.

Like so many successful sewing projects, this one started with a fortuitous fabric find. Several years ago I was shopping for fabric at Tokyu Hands store in Tokyo and I came across a fabric that was suitable for bra making that looked like denim. It met my primary bra making fabric criteria and it happened to have a little stretch. At the same time, I found a power mesh that had a denim print.

I realized that I could get a realistic denim look by layering the mesh on top of the fabric. You can see from the below image that it really takes the combination of the two fabrics to get the most realistic denim look.

As I was preparing to release the Lansdowne bra I thought that denim would go well with a black lace, especially for a plunging bra, and I knew I already had the perfect solution in my stash!

To remove the stretch from the fabric to use for the cups, bridge and side band, I fused the fabric with tricot interfacing just like I outlined in this blog post. The stretch of the fabric was just enough to work for the band so I was able to continue the denim look around to the back of the bra and I just love the effect!

I have always wanted to make a Boylston bra and an Esplanade bra using these fabrics along with gold contrast stitching. I still have yet to make time for either of those projects, but seeing how this Lansdowne bra turned out, they are both quickly rising in the project queue!

Denim or no denim, I am loving our newest style! Have you made a Lansdowne bra yet?