D-A-H 1930’s French Lace Bra #167

ECP 167
$7.50 black
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This is a digital draft-at-home pattern for a stunning French bra from the 1930's. The pattern is composed of one main front and back piece with self or contrasting bands and lace insets with lower bust darts. This bra pattern is perfect if you have trouble finding bras that fit right. You will be able to draft a perfectly fitting bra with this pattern!

The buttonholes featured are mostly an ornamental option that you can choose to use or ignore at will. Traditionally, they would button into a small elastic bit that was attached to one's knickers. The theory was, it was supposed to keep the undergarments in place much as a slip or girdle would have.
You can see an illustration of the style here:

Fabric: this pattern requires approximately 1 meter (about 1 yard).

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This is a pattern from a French pattern drafting system fairly similar to the Lutterloh golden rule patterns. You will be able to draft a pattern to your exact size from the miniature pattern template and specially designed rulers. To draft any of these special patterns to doll, children, and adult sizes is easy. Rulers are available to draft the pattern as small as a 5 1/2” bust/ hip to as large as a 60” bust/ hip and the pattern will be scaled perfectly every time. ALL RULERS ARE INCLUDED WITH THESE PATTERNS.

The pattern includes basic markings and notches that show you how they fit together, and indications such as dotted lines for cutting on the fold. I have included several pages of drafting instructions that I have translated from the original French personally. The illustrated instructions show you how to easily draw your pattern pieces from the miniature pattern template using your special ruler.

These patterns were marketed originally to both home seamstresses and professionals alike and assume that you have a basic understanding of clothing construction. The original patterns DO NOT include any sewing instructions. To sew these, you should have a basic understanding of how pattern pieces should fit together. The pattern pieces are illustrated in such a way that you can see how they are supposed to be sewn to each other.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: These patterns might be a bit difficult for the beginner but an intermediate level home seamstress will most likely have little trouble.

For a complete tutorial on drafting your pattern including photos, check out this blog post.

QUESTIONS? Check out our draft-at-home patterns FAQ page.

What you will need:
Paper (I use large tracing paper but butcher paper, muslin fabric, wrapping paper etc all work great!)
It's that simple! No special tools are required!

If French is your first language and you would prefer a copy of the instructions in French instead, please let me know. I would be happy to send that too!        

You might also want to check out Underwear and Lingerie, a how-to sew lingerie e-book with everything you'll ever need to know!

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