I started to tackle the Sharon pattern (at left) from Bra-Makers Supply and I can already tell that the cup design is just not me.
Exhibit A. My padded-out duct tape double is not precisely me, but close enough. Erm.
I pinned the wires in place for these pictures so the cup would maintain its shape. It sure does. It's shape isn't mine.
So to plan B.
One of my favorite old Burdas is from June, 1996. This issue included some great summer clothes (including the long tunic-shirt I showed you here) but it also had a great lingerie section, including 2 bodysuits (one also doubles as a swimsuit) and a boned bustier. All in all there are patterns for three different styles of seamed cup garments in this single issue. Bonanza!
|Bodysuits from 1996-06 issue|
Against my better instincts I'm posting a picture.
The fabric was a border print, nylon and lycra. Purchased at the late-lamented Textile Outfitters store in Calgary. I remember it was fun figuring out how to use the border print on the cups. Putting the upper cup on a gold stripe meant that I ignored the grain line on the pattern. I did not use wires although the pattern is perfect for them. I like the wide straps which are pleated into the extension of the upper cup.
Sadly, the elastic in this suit has disintegrated but I'm glad I kept it for today's examination. I like the line of the seam in this cup much better than the more horizontal Sharon seam. And it's not pointy.
I think I'll just sub the Burda cups into the Sharon band. Why wouldn't this work? The Sharon pattern is designed for low or no-stretch cups and the Burda is designed for stretch fabric, but the cups are lined so they are reasonably firm. I don't think it should matter. I cut the Sharon cups out of Duoplex, a fabric included in the bra kit which, I have to say, is the most hideous stuff ever. I have some lovely stretchy satin in pink in my stash.