59 Responses to “Completed: Marlborough Bras”

  1. Naomi September 26, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    So pleased your dad is on the mend! And love the part about accentuating your own boobs rather than trying to create new ones. Yes to that!

  2. Rose September 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Beautiful bras, Lauren! I’m making my first Marlborough bra right now. My muslin fit with just a few tweaks. I’m excited about finishing it. What a great pattern!

    • LLADYBIRD September 26, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

      Oh, that is awesome! I agree, it’s a fantastic pattern πŸ˜€

  3. Francesca Amodeo September 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    yeah! So glad about your dad! What a great smoke he has:). And you have his eyes, I think.

    I’ve not been able to comment here for ages – I have no idea what happened, but I can’t log in – in fact I’ve been following you on instagram and commenting there sometimes, especially about your dad. Today I finally tried clicking on the fb icon and it worked….

    These are gorgeous, totally with you on hating foam pre-shapes ewwww… tried a few soft ones but not enough support… and hate so called nude bras, pastellish ones work just as well and are far cuter. The black is so pretty – the pink is luscious….. those trims are Darking:)…
    I thought the Boylston was your favourite pattern – or is the fact that it can be made out of woven fabric why you like it? I’m dying to take the plunge as I find it really hard to get the right fit…

    • Francesca Amodeo September 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

      Um. I meant great smile. And darling trims. Fuckin auto correct…

    • LLADYBIRD September 26, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

      We do have the same eyes – the whole Taylor side of the family has those eyes. Man, I HATED being told I looked like my dad when I was a kid (I thought people were telling me I looked like a dude haha), but I like it now πŸ™‚

      That’s weird that my blog hasn’t let you comment! Ugh wordpress is just pissing me off a lot these days, tbh. I feel like the whole site is just being awful.

      I do love the Boylston, too! I guess I love Boylston and Marlborough equally, depending on my mood πŸ™‚ Both of the patterns fit really well, give a great shape, and can be made out of most any woven fabric.

      • Francesca Amodeo September 29, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

        Ha! I used to be told I looked like his mother – so I thought I looked like a little old woman:). Till I was in my teens and saw a photo of her in her teens – a mirror. And she didn’t look old, but was pretty. Yeah! Anyway, they’re nice eyes to have:). And I love the hattitude.

        Sweetie, I’ve lost count of the comments I’ve made and lost here… this WordPress kind of sucks.

        Cool! I didn’t realise both could be made with wovens.

        Here’s hoping your dad is released this week:).

      • Francesca Amodeo September 30, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

        Dear bra making muse, thanks to you I have bought the Marlborough pattern plus assorted supplies. I will get over my fear of underwires like I got over my irrational buttonhole fear. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Nyssa Jayne September 26, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    So glad to hear your dad is on the mend! If he’s anything like my dad, he doesn’t really take this shit lying down.

    I’m in for the pants making class in NYC, whooo, way excited!

    • LLADYBIRD September 26, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

      Pretty much! I always say, that man is like a blade of grass – you knock him down and he bounces right back up, over and over and over again πŸ™‚

      Woohoo!! Excited to make pants with you! πŸ˜€

  5. smurfettmm September 26, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

    That blush bra is gorgeous! Glad your dad is on the mend. I want to go to your NH workshop really bad. It’s maybe 25 minutes from my house, but it’s just sooo expensive! I want to figure out how to do a FBA to start making clothes that actually fit me. Oh well, have fun! The leaves are starting to turn and it should be looking wonderful here in NH πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD September 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

      Oh yeah, that is one downside to the out of town workshops – they are a bit more expensive because they have to cover all the costs associated with getting me up there! Honestly, though, you can totally swing an FBA without my help πŸ™‚ I figured it out with the help of googling and the Fit for Real People book. It’s really not that difficult; once you do the first once, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is!

  6. Cadi Young September 26, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    Man, I have got to get off my ass and get on the bra making train. These are beautiful! I have all the stuff to make a couple Marlboroughs and just haven’t done it.

    • LLADYBIRD September 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

      Yeah you do! Once you make one, you’ll want to make them aaaaall! haha!:)

  7. vintagethrifter51 September 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    Love them both so much, but I have got to say the pink is my favourite. You did such a beautiful job as usual, I am so jealous of your talents…amazing!! Cheers, Michele

    • LLADYBIRD September 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

      Thank you so much! I really love that pink one – it’s so practical and also beautiful!

  8. Phoebe September 26, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    Your bras are lovely! Can you please post a link to the ‘sheer cup lining’ that you use for lining, as I’m having trouble figuring it out what exactly this is. I’m in the UK and can’t find anything for sale with exactly that name – is it fusible, does it stretch? Thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD September 26, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

      It’s not fusible and it only has a slight mechanical stretch. I’m not sure if it goes by any other name in other countries, but I get it from Tailor Made Shop – here is a link to the listing. Hope that helps!

    • Katie September 28, 2016 at 2:48 am #

      Hey, I’m in the UK too. I think “nylon tricot mesh” is what it’s usually sold as here. I haven’t yet jumped into bra-making though, so I could be wrong!

  9. esewing September 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

    That’s a great pattern , the shape is great with that vertical panel at the outer cup , much better than all that foam !
    Lovely to see a pic of you and your dad !

  10. Beth September 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

    I understand what you mean about bra cup shapes, Lauren — at least most (if not all) of us managed to dodge the bullet bra era :-). Both your bras are gorgeous. The Betsy Johnson touches on the blush one just add to the gorgeousness of it all.
    And the picture of you and your dad is off the charts — what a treasure!

    • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 9:00 am #

      It is a treasure! I’m so glad I got a good photo with him (even though, arguably, it’s a better photo of him than of me πŸ˜‰ haha!)

  11. Heather Myers September 26, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

    A great photo! Glad to hear he’s on the mend. And great sewing. I really like your hair color now. Happy travels.

    • mlga 730 September 26, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

      great looking bras! I love the look of bras for the support, but I wear sweaters and knits and the seams show thru.
      Do you wear these bras with sweaters or knit tops?
      Do the seams show thru and does it bother you?

      • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 8:58 am #

        The seams do show through on very fitted and/or thin knit tops, but, it doesn’t bother me. I would rather have a well-fitting bra that gives me a natural shape I like and deal with seams, rather than have a seamless bra that doesn’t fit right or gives me a weird shape πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 9:03 am #

      Thank you! I have a really awesome stylist, all credit goes to her πŸ™‚ haha

  12. Lynsey September 27, 2016 at 3:21 am #

    Amazing bras, they look awesome and don’t look handmade they look so professional, the finishes are perfect. You are one clever chick!! I’m still too scared to attempt bras. I wish I could come to your classes but the Arctic Ocean is in the way :). Super pic of you and you dad, he’s a fighter!

    • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 9:04 am #

      I wish you could come too! Maybe someday you can come here on an epic trip and take a class along the way πŸ˜‰

  13. Kerry (Kestrel Makes) September 27, 2016 at 4:03 am #

    Glad to hear that your Dad is feeling better. Also your bras are gorgeous.Those seamless moulded cups don’t fit me either but since I managed to find a style I liked I just bought it in multiple colours. Good bras are hard to find so it’s brilliant you can make your own!

    • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 9:05 am #

      That’s what I did when I found a RTW bra I liked – just bought a bunch in multiple colors! I’m glad I can make them now, though, cos the selection was a little limited (but definitely better than nothing at al!)

  14. Gillian Ajayi September 27, 2016 at 6:30 am #

    Lovely picture of your Dad. So happy to hear he is doing better.

  15. Jane Winkler September 27, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    Holy family resemblance batman! Now we know how you got to be such a bad ass.

    • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 9:06 am #

      What can I say – I learned from the best πŸ™‚

  16. dkswife September 27, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

    It is so wonderful to hear about your daddy! Love both bras.

  17. Tomasa September 28, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

    Those bras are just so beautiful and the workmanship is superb. So happy to see your dad is so much better…what a touching photo.

    • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 9:06 am #

      Thank you! I am really happy that I got a nice photo with him πŸ˜€

  18. Lauren Durr Designs September 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    So happy for you and family that Dad is on the mend. I get the black and star love, I would even tolerate the chronic craft infection glitter is. The eyelash lace so lovely, and cute rosettes and bows!

    • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 9:08 am #

      Yep, the chronic craft infection is worth it for a lil’ bit of sparkle! πŸ™‚

  19. Megan September 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    Lovely bras and what a great photo of you and your Dad. He looks great hope he is home soon.

    • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 9:08 am #

      He got to go home on Tuesday! β™₯ I am going to see him tomorrow πŸ˜€

  20. sewnagram September 28, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    Great pic Lauren – so happy for you and your family πŸ™‚

  21. Michelle Carlson September 28, 2016 at 9:42 pm #

    So glad to hear about your dad! Just wanted to let you know that your sewing and blogging has been an inspiration to me. I’ve just started my own sewing blog (pretty late to the party, as usual), and wanted to thank you for your (unintentional) encouragement! http://mdhouseofwhite.blogspot.com/

    • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 9:09 am #

      Oh, this makes me so happy! Yay!! Welcome to the world of blogging πŸ˜€ β™₯

  22. Ali September 29, 2016 at 1:16 am #

    They look so beautiful- what an amazing job… you may have even persuaded me to have a go… xx

  23. Evie September 29, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    They’re both lovely, but that pink one is GORGEOUS!!

    • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

      Thank you!! I’m super happy with how that one turned out πŸ˜€ Practical AND pretty! πŸ™‚

  24. Splinters&Stitches September 29, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Glad to hear that your dad is doing better! πŸ™‚ Both bras are super pretty (hello fellow pink skinned person! πŸ˜‰ ) but the black one is really intriguiging, I have some similar fabric (or at least it sounds similar), and I’ve considered making a bra with it, but was worried the glitter would snag on my shirt. Have you experienced that? Or is your glitter less scratchy than mine?

    • LLADYBIRD September 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

      I don’t find the glitter on this fabric very scratchy at all! It does flake off (as glitter tends to do), but it hasn’t snagged or scratched anything yet that I’m aware of πŸ™‚

  25. Rhea September 30, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

    Hi Lauren, lovely bras!! Any chance you could suggest a resource for bra fitting? (Eg, if you see wrinkles here, adjust this pattern piece like so…) That would be so helpful!! Thank you πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD October 1, 2016 at 8:53 am #

      I found Norma’s book Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction very helpful, although I also have some assistance and advice from Norma when I met her a couple of years ago. A lot of it, though, honestly, it just trial and error!

      • Rhea October 2, 2016 at 2:20 am #

        Thanks! I’ll check out Norma’s book πŸ™‚

  26. fionaparker17 October 3, 2016 at 1:29 am #

    Wow these are so well made Lauren! I really need to get on and try a bra…I think getting together all the supplies is what’s holding me back. Where do you get your cup lining from?


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