Summer music festival season is upon us and, although I have never actually been to a festival before, I feel this cute outfit would be perfect for one! Well, that and weekend brunch. 🙂
Like most people, I typically aim to hide my bra straps but, with Madalynne’s beautiful patterns and kits, exposed bralettes are now a fashion statement instead of a fashion accident! I recently sewed up the FREE Barrett Bralette sewing pattern using the Swiss Dot Bralette Kit and I love how it turned out! If you want to make this exact one, Maddie is offering Sewbon readers 10% all kits until July 11th with the code SEWBON10. Go snag one today!
Pattern: FREE Barrett Bralette sewing pattern by Madalynne. The Barrett Bralette is a pull on style bralette that has adjustable shoulder straps, a triangle opening at center front, and an elastic band at the bottom.
Fabric + Notions: I used the Barrett Bralette Swiss Dot Sewing Kit and it’s quite possibly the most beautiful kit I’ve ever seen. I mean, come on… floral and swiss dot?! All the heart eyes! (Psst – use the code SEWBON10 to save 10% on a Madalynne kit until July 11th!)
I love sewing kits because I find it difficult to source quality findings on my own – especially for bras. The Barrett Bralette kit contained everything I needed to sew this project: fabric, picot elastic, shoulder strap elastic, band elastic, rings, and sliders. Everything is of a high quality and I even have plenty of fabric left over to make another one or a matching pair of undies!
Size: Small (I’m 28ish underbust and 33ish full bust)
Modifications: Since the swiss dot fabric is delicate, Maddie advised me to use Odif’s basting spray to back the swiss dot with the stretch mesh and then treated it as one layer. This made the fabric a little less stretchy and the bralette more supportive… genius! Plus, I’m now obsessed with Odif’s… how did I sew without it?!
Thoughts: I LOVE my new Barrett Bralette! I think it’s so pretty and I love that I can show it off with a muscle tank.
I typically wear a 28D/30C in RTW and I found this bralette had enough support for me. I think that women who usually need more support may want to back their main fabric with stretch mesh too.
Overall, I think this pattern is perfect for a beginner bra maker. The instructions are easy to follow and give lots of good information about sewing elastic and stretchy fabrics. Plus, it’s F-R-E-E and beautiful! 🙂
Next Time: I might try to make a smaller band size next time. I’m used to my RTW bralettes being snug, so I would be interested to sew up the x-small to do a comparison.
Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Madalynne but, as always, the thoughts expressed are my own.