It was just a few weeks ago that I announced the release of a new bra pattern and kits for the Madalynne X Simplicity 8624, but I’m coming at you with another! As opposed to the 8624, which is a challenging sewing project, the Barrett bralette is more basic. It’s an every day pull-on style (no hooks & eyes) that is meant for all sewing levels. You want to know the two best parts about Barrett? One, it’s free and two, it can be sewn without a serger. Woo!
Pattern Overview: The Barrett is a sporty femme pull-on bralette (no hooks & eyes) that has adjustable shoulder straps, a triangle opening at center front and a wide elastic band at the bottom. It has a forgiving fit, and is meant to be an everyday basic style with a twist via cool fabrics and novelty hardware.
Intended Bra Makers: The Barrett is a soft bra, meaning that it does not have underwires. The amount of stretch your fabric has and the firmness of your elastics will play a big role in the amount of support your bralette provides. The pattern is available in sizes XS-XL and is intended for small to medium cup sizes – cup sizes AA-C.
Pattern Highlights: Because the Barrett was developed for all sewing levels, I assumed that some wouldn’t have a serger and didn’t include using one in the directions. The entire bralette has enclosed seams and no raw fabric edges on the inside. Also, for the vertical seam at the center front, I came up with a way to finish the elastics so that it lies flat and isn’t bulky. There was an easy, ‘cop out’ way I could have done it, but I went with the more challenging method. If you’re a sewing nerd like me, you’ll love it ;)
How long does it take to make a Barrett? Depending on your sewing experience, you could whip it up in an hour or two. Who doesn’t love a quick DIY? Woot woot!
Inspiration and Moodboard
Up until this point, the lingerie patterns I’ve offered are not the same as my RTW styles. If someone wanted to make the Macie ruffle bralette or undie, they couldn’t, unless they purchased it and created a pattern from the garment. Going forward, it is my goal to merge the two so that if someone wanted to buy a Madalynne bra/bralette, they could, and if someone wanted to make a Madalynne bra/bralette, they could do that too. The Barrett bralette is based on well, the Barrett bralette, which is available on my web shop as well as Anthropologie.com. Side note – for you folks who are wondering about the Macie pattern. Yes, it’s coming this year ; )
Trying to source all the fiddly bits for lingerie is a pain in the butt. Been there, done that. Yes, I am trying to sell my kits, but seriously, I’m saving you time and money. You’ll spend $3.00 on a hook and eye, and then spend $5.95 on shipping. You can easily end up with a bra that costs you $85 dollars or more. That’s why I’m offering kits for the Barrett where you’ll receive everything you need to make it. As of right now, there are three – a really soft yellow rib knit that makes an excellent t-shirt bralette, a blush pink glitter stretch mesh with silver hardware and a blush pink glitter stretch mesh with rhinestone hardware/rings and sliders. Considering that the pattern is free, I think the price is fair. Also, all fabrics and trims will be delivered in an exclusive Madalynne Intimates box that features a pull out drawer, which adds a nice, “intimate” touch.
Where to Download Barrett:
There is a link to download the pattern below, but in the future, if you need to download the Barrett pattern, hop on over to my Free Sewing Page. I will keep it there along with all my other free sewing patterns.
A huge thank you goes out to Alexis Hughes, a former student who lives in Philly and helped develop and fine tune this pattern. Muchas gracias pretty lady!