Thursday, April 2, 2015

Anna Crossover Bralette update

A while back I made my first bra, the Ohhh Lulu Anna Crossover Bralette.

It wasn't perfect (lots of waviness on the fold-over elastic) but I did wear it frequently. Until this happened to the straps.

Whomp whomp. Since this was my first bra, I didn't go crazy buying notions and therefore didn't use actual bra straps. Instead, I folded over some of the FOE, stitched it down, and used that as straps. After a few trips in the washer/dryer, the FOE straps were definitely worn out. Here's a before and after:

I decided to replace the straps. Anytime I throw out a RTW garment, I inspect it for notions that might be useful. I had salvaged some black adjustable straps from a cami that didn't fit right and thought they'd work well as replacements.

I'm not sure what they're made of, but it's some sort of silky non-stretch material. I think polyester charmeuse. I trimmed as much of the pink lace away as I could, cut off the old wrinkly straps, and added the new with a few zig-zag stitches.

An upcycle and repair all at once! I immediately started wearing the repaired bra, and remembered how comfy it is. I'm glad I took the time to fix it. And now I know not to use FOE as strapping, it's just not durable enough. That said, I have a good start on "real" lingerie notions with a recent order from Sew Sassy Fabrics.

Do you keep up with repairs to me-mades?

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