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Pretty Bralettes

Threads #202, Apr./May 2019
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Bralettes offer a comfortable and casual alternative to a regular bra. For the home sewer, they are easy to make, and they offer many variations in design and style.

A bralette is an unstructured, underwire-free bra. The style was once mainly worn as loungewear. Bralettes were invented as a comfortable alternative to structured underwire bras and were mostly ignored by fashion retailers. Today, however, they are no longer intended solely for at-home wear. Bralettes are worn under any garment and, in some cases, have become fashion garments in their own right. A bralette is quick to create and requires only basic sewing and fitting skills, so it is a great introduction to sewing lingerie.

A common misconception is that bralettes are intended only for smaller busts. It is true that most commercial bralette patterns are sized as generic small, medium, or large. This can cause fit issues, as generic sizes…

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