If you ever decide to try your had at some historically accurate bra sewing, here a few details you might like to try!
The closure is one of my favorite types, and adjustable length of elastic (with mini buttonholes!) with a hook. These are incredibly comfortable and are still my favorite way to finish the back of a bra.
The back is finished with a sturdy piece of cotton tape and the upper edges have simply been very neatly turned under and stitched with a double row instead of bound or faced.
The back of the strap has the raw edge turned under and stitched in. You can see a mini tutorial on sewing bra straps using this method.
Some of the straight seams on the interior are flat felled seams to conceal raw edges. Others, like the curved over bust seams are just top-stitched.
The bra band is particularly nice with some beautiful top stitched detail and some nicely accomplished mitering.
By far, the most interesting feature of this bra is the little double channel running down the center front with a drawstring inside for gathering.
And the top-stitching details are quite lovely in this pretty little platinum satin bra.
And one final construction detail, instead of the adjustable straps we're used to now, for comfort this bra has an added length of elastic to the back of the plain satin ribbon straps.
And, what joy is mine, the bra still has it's original tags!
This week I made a few test versions of Depew 2013 and used a lot of details studied from this bra to make my own as neatly sewn as this one.
Here is a snap of some of my top-stitching turning out better than I could have hoped!
I enjoyed sewing this bra so much again that I thought it might be time for another lingerie sew-along. What do you think?