Here is my top 10 List of Things to Avoid in Bra Making
1. Avoid using flimsy fabric with no stabilisation.
2. Be aware of the ring placement in straps. Make sure they're not right on top of your shoulder. They dig in, and it hurts! Refer also Exhibit A. I'm ashamed to say that I did this not once, but on two bras! When I wear those bras I always end up with small round marks on my shoulders.
3. Don't assume that all elastics are created equal. Check the stretch of each different type before measuring and cutting, in case you cut them too short. Refer to Exhibit B where I cut the strap elastic shorter than with previous bras, to minimise wasted elastic, assuming it would have the same amount of give as different elastic in previous bras. Wrong! The straps ended up being too short, and the back of the bra rides up.
5. Don't hand wash black silk or other non-colourfast bras with lighter coloured bras. I have dark marks on light bras as testament to this one too.
6. Don't hand wash in a sink with a plug that has black rubber around it, unless you want the black to stay on your bra forever, such as in Exhibit C. I tried everything to get this out, but it is now a permanent stain. I have contemplated replacing the strap altogether, but due to sheer laziness have decided to only wear this bra under darker coloured clothes where you won't notice the black patch on the strap.
9. Irons and sheer tricot don't mix
10. Line up your seams! Sometimes I am in such a rush to finish off my bras, that I don't take the time to mark out where the seams will join. See Exhibit H, looking at the bridge. Because I didn't mark out where the seams should go, the left and right sides aren't level. Compare this with Exhibit I, where I did mark out the joining points - a much neater result!