The Boylston Bra is a great addition to my bra repertoire. It fit me wonderfully with only minor adjustments. I was looking for a supportive piece to use some of my wonderful non stretch laces. Pieces fit together perfectly, instructions assume some bra making experience. Very happy with this!
I haven't made an underwire bra before but was able to using this pattern due to the detailed instructions. Despite making a toile I did need to go back and lengthen the back per blog post. I also used an online tutorial to make foam cups. An extension or tutorial for this alternative would be great. A bit more of a guide as to how much to stretch the band elastic between the cups and underarms would have been helpful as I had to unpick a couple of times. Love how it looks and have already started my second.
The bra pieces fit together well. I've made 40 G H I and J.
I shall make many bras from this pattern.
1. However, there is too little information on the pattern pieces. Marking the cross cup seam and/or the wire line on the bottom cups should be obvious.
2. The 2nd problem I have is with the measuring and sizing. The website does the underbust +4 inches measuring system and uses wire sizes for the underbust +4 inches method.
3. The instructions for the larger sizes uses the actual underbust measurement. So which cup size is correct? +1 inch for each cup size from the actual underbust or from the underbust plus 4.
4. Are the wire sizes the same for the underbust plus 4 inches eg 40+4=44 and the actual underbust 40 inches?
Using 2 different measuring systems is confusing and wasteful.
5. The sizing information on page 3 goes from cup size A to cup size DD - none of which apply to the larger sizes.
Thank you for your feedback! We just corrected the DDD to J size pattern Sizing Information section to reflect the correct cup sizes. It looks like we did not have the correct table there when we updated the files for our branding in late 2021.
We understand sizing can be difficult and we have made every attempt to simplify that with our blog posts on sizing (https://orange-lingerie.com/blogs/news/sizing-guidance and https://orange-lingerie.com/blogs/news/the-reason-why-bra-sizing-is-complicated).
The bottom line is that we find a ready-to-wear size the best indicator of which size bra will work best and that measurements do not work on their own. As part of this sizing simplification effort, we stopped recommending the +4 method so I am not sure where that is showing up? We were unable to locate that on our site.
Know that we are available to help with any sizing questions! We want you to be able to make your own beautiful and great fitting bras.
Team Orange Lingerie