DIY Lingerie: Raquel Bralette

It's official! I made my first bralette, and it wasn't an epic fail. Seriously, I own most of Madalynne's Simplicity patterns & had two bra kits in my stash but always questioned if I was ready for this type of project. Well, the answer is hell yes! Without further ado, let's talk about the Raquel Bralette.

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Raquel is Madalynne's newest free pattern, that's right you read it correctly β€œfree”. Not only is the pattern free but she sells kits for the pattern, and the kit contains everything you will need to make the pattern. Now I don't know about you, but it's pretty hard to find everything that's required to make a bra at my local JoAnn and sourcing online can be a headache too. Madalynne eliminates that issue with the kit, which comes in several variations.

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I'm sure you are here for my review of the pattern though. So first, let me say that the instructions are good and this pattern even has a YouTube sew along. My only issue was that I could not figure out which side of the front bra piece was the center of the bra. Maybe it is self-explanatory, perhaps it doesn't matter. In the end, I just picked a side and sewed it to the back piece. Based on my measurements I cut the medium (for reference my FB is 34 1/2). For the most part, the medium fit well, but I realized much to close at the finish line, that I should have graded to a small at the waist. Naturally, I did what any good home seamstress would do; I winged that thing. By wing it, I mean I added a large dart at the center back and serged the excess fabric to get rid of bulk, which nipped that problem in the bud. I also had to add the third strap in the center, the girls were just a bit to heavy for the two straps.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first bra making experience. I have a few more projects planned but I hope to use the kit sitting in my stash later this year. I styled this with a pinafore skater dress, which is also a made by me (blog post coming soon) and my Bleecker and Bond Elise sandal from DSW. Interested in making your own bra or lingerie set? I highly recommend that you head on over to Madalynne Intimates website and start shopping!

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