The Barrett is a sporty femme pull on bralette that has adjustable shoulder straps, a triangle opening at center front and an elastic band at the bottom. With a forgiving fit, it lends itself to layering underneath oversized tops and dresses. Depending on your sewing experience, you could whip up a Barrett in an hour or two. Who doesn’t love a quick DIY? Woot woot!
The pattern was released in March 2018, and excuse my French, but holy shit, y’all have blown me away with some awesome Barrett’s! Melissa of Melly Sews made a bikini top (and included a tutorial!) using the Barrett pattern and Brynn made her second Barrett with some clever alterations for her 32G bust. She added a hook + eye closure at the center front and a small bust dart on the side cup. Ya know, to prevent side boob. Click here to see photos.
I’ve written it before, and I’ll write it again. One of the best aspects of having this blog is being able to share what I’ve learned. It has been so much fun (and fulfilling) so see everyone’s Madalynne me-mades. So much that I’m sharing what people have been commenting below.
“My second #barrettbralette turned out even better than my first! I added a hook closure on the band to make it easier to get in and out of and added a small dart on the side boob to get a better fit.” @kr0er
“I adjusted the cup size to somewhere around DD or E. Pretty pleased as a muslin, although I think the gap underneath is a little large, slightly more boob exposure than I wanted.
It’s really comfy and surprisingly supportive, I will be making a couple more, and seeing if I can also make a nursing friendly version.” @silverfair
“My #barrettbralette from a kit from @mmadalynne – love how this turned out! I was worried that the mesh would be itchy to wear, but I’ve worn it all day today without an itch and I love that there’s enough fabric and elastic to make matching panties” @mellysews
“I made the #barrettbralette, and the cups fit better than I expected! They’re size large cups with a size small back band. I think next time I’d shorten the side cup pieces at the side seams and maybe go down to an XS band for a snugger fit” @mintlams
Click here to download the pattern
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