From my last post I perfected the shape and fit of the bodice and now I am ready to cut it out for real and start building the bodice.
I decided that I would add some padding to the strapless bodice so that the bust area doesn't end up looking to flat as it sometimes can in a strapless bodice. So this is where I started.....
1. Cut out a pattern from the orignal bodice pattern for the bra cups. I approximated the length I wanted the cups to be by measuring on myself from the top of the cup to under my bust. Remember do the measurement with the bra you are intending to wear with the bodice or with no bra at all as in my case. Do not add any seam allowances as you will not be needing any - all will become clear later.
2. I used cotton batting for the padding which I bought from JoAnns. Its a lightweight material which is easy to work with. Here is a picture so you know what your looking for.
|Wrong side with the stay tape visible|
|Right side of the cup where you can see the zig zag stitch|
4. Use this method for all the seams and you will end up with super smooth bra cups.
Then sew the around the edge of the smallest piece to hold all the bits together.
|Finished padding with all edges smoothed into each other|
7. Sew this padding into the bra cups making sure you have both sides as symmetrical as possible. I used a zig zag stitch to to this. And voila there you have a padded bra of sorts to stick into your bodice.