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Simplicity 8229 Bra Variation 1

Simplicity 8229 Bra Variation 1

Up until this point, I’ve only shown alterations/variations for the 8228 bralette pattern (see below for links), one of the two lingerie patterns I released with Simplicity in August. Don’t get the impression that I have anything against you underwires ladies! Yes, it’s no secret that as a 32B, I prefer soft over underwire bras for their comfort, but underwires can be just comfy. My last me-made bra, which was sewn with a red, rigid lace, was so comfy I could sleep with in it. Okay, maybe not, unless the likes of Orlando Bloom was lying next to me. Anyways…

The directions say to use a scalloped lace for the cups. What if you don’t have a scalloped lace? No problem. All you have to do is add ¼” to the top of the cup front and cup side front. On the photo below, my ruler extends past the top edges of the cup by 1/4″. You’ll want to do this for both pattern pieces. When sewing, you’ll finish that top edge with ¼” picot elastic. If you want to use ⅜” elastic, then add ⅜” to the pattern instead. Once you finish the cup edges, you’ll proceed with construction as per the instructions. Super simple, isn’t it?

I’ll be showing more variations for the 8229, so stay tuned!

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Don’t forget! If you make any of the Madalynne X Simplicity patterns, share on Instagram with the hashtags#bramakingwithmadalynne and #simplicitypatterns. I want to see what you make!

Did you miss the first 4 tutorials? See below.

Variation 1: how to clean finish the seams, add stability and remove the racerback to the 8228 (view B).
Variation 2: how to add a ruffle bottom band and halter straps to the 8228 (view B).
Variation 3: two alternative methods to finishing the edges of the cups to the 8228 halter bra (view A).
Variation 4: how to add strappy back detailing to the 8228 halter bra (view A).

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