This is an elegant cupped corset pattern that utilises bra wires and cut & sew foam to give the cup structure (and obviates the needs for straps, however very large, heavy breasts may need extra support in the form of straps) and is drafted in 75 cup sizes NOTE! To accommodate the variety of cup sizes within the 10 corset sizes, templates are given to draw the cradle on to the first three panels - it is straightforward to do and extensive instructions are given - it means the correct cradle is positioned at the correct vertical height from your waist. This is the reason many available cupped corset patterns do not have this many variety of sizes - I aim to overcome this but it requires a little amending on your part - worth it I think!
No seam allowances are included - the pattern should be traced on to paper and seam allowances added. This gives you the flexibility to add your preferred seam allowance - I recommend 10mm for the corset and 8mm for the cups (however some makers use 6mm or 10mm). A short tutorial showing how to add seam allowances can be found here; https://youtu.be/BYzz99UW938 The crescent bra benefits from a drawn seam lines (rather than matching up added seam allowances) to get accuracy and beautiful symmetrical points.
The cup liner for this is a simpler 3-panelled bra design that can be used in its right - so this is effectively two designs in one!
The corset shape is hourglass and measures 40.5cm at the back and 37.5cm at the front. There are also 'top & tail' size variations so you can get a head start with your toile - mixing and matching the tops and bottoms helps you achieve a closer fit before starting your first mock-up.
For those experienced in bra making and knowledgeable about grading I have made use of the uneven grade charts to offer a finer level of sizing. In a nutshell this means there are a larger number of size variables to this pattern. Above a cup size D most commercial bras will increase by too high a step and sister sizing doesn't quite work for everybody. If you still do not fit the size chart (frame/band/cup variables) given with this pattern, information is given as to how a particular frame/band can be altered to be paired with differing size cups. The cups are sized using the bottom cup measurements. I really want makers who use my pattern to think about the size and shape of the breast and use the direct measurements of the cup (bottom cup depth and cross cup depth) against the band to result in a perfect fitting bra, rather than picking their usual bra size. You can read in my blog here how I went about making myself a perfect fitting bra; https://www.corsetsbycaroline.co.uk/blog/
Skill level - intermediate to advanced; there are step by step instructions but some knowledge of bra making would definitely be useful!
This pattern is available as an instant download - you will need to print out on size letter (A) or A4 paper making sure actual size and centre the print is ticked in your print dialogue box.
It is recommended that you make a toile to check the fit of the pattern. Full instructions are given.
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There are no restrictions on the use of this pattern - use to your heart's content. I simply ask that you don't pass on the file or use it to, say, profit from a line of ready-to-wear bras.