Here at the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference, we were lucky to have a student in our class who found a new way of cloning garments. When we combined that method with some bra-making ingenuity, the results were nothing less than spectacular!
Traditional cloning is done with the bra cup pinned out to a foam core board. This takes time (about one hour) and the accuracy of the result is due largely to the accuracy and skill of the person doing the pinning. If she pulls too far, or not enough, the results can be less than perfect.
In this new method, it is as easy as can be, thanks to some advances made in the KITCHEN! Yes, we use Press & Seal to make the pattern!
You need to wear the bra to be cloned - this pushes the cup out to the correct shape and size. And the bra must fit the way you want it - no point in making a bra that doesn't fit!
Tear off a strip of the Press & Seal and press it to the bra over one section. it will stick to the fabric very nicely
Use a permanent marker to trace to the seamline (not the topstitching line) around that section, taking care to have the cup as smooth as possible.
Then peel off the piece very carefully. Make sure to keep any teensy-weensy wrinkles that formed as part of the shaping process.
Repeat for the other sections of the cup.
Then remove the bra to press and peel the frame. This part is a lot easier to do when it is off the body and laid flat. Here's the front bridge area.
I even marked the edge of the bow (which I did not mean to do!)
For the back band, you should stretch the band until the fabric lays flat. If I'd had a foam core board, I would have pinned this band to that, but I am at the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference right now (held at a monastery) and don't have my foam core board with me. it's not likely the monks would have any foam core lying about either!
I had my lovely assistant hold the band to its pulled position.
When you finish tracing, let it go. The band will crinkle up back to its elasticized size, but don't worry - all will be well when we peel it off. It will go back to its original size.
Now comes the fun part! Transfer the traced outline to paper! Stick the plastic to a piece of paper starting at the centre and working out, smoothing the plastic as you go. Don't get rid of those tiny shaping wrinkles but rather curve the paper to fit the plastic.
Once you have the parts on paper, true the seam lines and add seam allowances. Then sew up your lovely new bra!