I'm fed up with the prices of all that foreign made stuff. If I can learn how to make my own it would be a big plus. Joann fabrics had some US made material last time I was there so I could be using all US stuff. I've never been really good at sewing just little stuff like shortening pantlegs and sleeves and making a few mends so this is something all new to me. I have no idea where to start.
This is a great article (as are ALL of Mark's!) and it primarily discusses the cups. What fabric would the non-cup portions of the bra be made in during the 50s? Did they use powernet then or was the rest of the bra also made out of woven fabric, perhaps with a little elastic in the back of the band? If so, how would you adjust for that?
Hi Sara, Most 50’s bra cradle / wings were Rayon, Nylon or cotton and yes with a small amount of elastic at the back for rib cage movement. Look for slightly stiff “crisp handling” lining fabrics. Because the fabrics are for lining they are dirt cheap so a metre to make about 15 bras will not cost the earth. As to drafting and making look at the bra article Soft Bras, Part 3 and substitute the circle / spoke stitching for spiral.