The Sweeet and Tender Hooligan Bralette
Pattern: Self Drafted
Fabric: strapless bra and mens shirt from thrift store $3
Notions: just thread
First Worn: Saturday
Wear Again: probably
Total Price: $3
This is me trying funny poses. We tried some of me throwing my head back in laughter but they look more like I’m trying to catch something in my mouth. There was another that was looking quite sexy but I didn’t want the pictures to be taken out of context. I have mentored quite a few young women and wouldn’t want to give them the wrong idea. Though I am technically wearing a bra on the outside of my top for the whole world to see.
So the trend I picked was the bralette. I love the way the models look in these on the runways and I’ve seen them styled in magazines looking pretty sweet. The only way I would ever wear this out is like this-over a top. I don’t think I’d feel comfortable wearing it by itself-not even under a jacket. I wore it with high waisted jeans to run errands in the morning then put the skirt on to play my part as hostess at my friends’ place-The Pig ‘n’ Weasel.
I like to check out Chictopia from time to time for inspiration and that’s where I stumbled upon LIPGLOSSANDBLACK and their idea for this bralette. I made a pattern for the bottom part out of paper by tracing the bottom of the bra. I folded it in half and then took my measurement just under my bust and divided it into 4ths to get the length for the top. Then divided my waist measurement into 4ths to get the measurement for the bottom. The width is about 5 in. I wanted a panel in the middle with the stripes running horizontally so I cut a triangle piece out of the pattern and then added my seam allowances.
I made 2 pieces of each panel instead of just one like theirs for a little more stability.The back ends taper down like theirs and I used the placket pieces from the sleeve at the end for the closure. I made most of it using the sleeves and had to use leftover lining from my recycle challenge to line the back pieces. I wanted to keep the body of the shirt for another project.
The skirt is from the Valentine’s Day challenge. I almost didn’t photograph it styled this way because I mixed the colors the same way and didn’t want it to look like the same picture. I think it looks different enough though. The top has the same color green on it as the trim on the bra and I wore this necklace for Tempest so she could see it but I just noticed you can’t see it in the pictures I’ve chosen so here’s one of the “laughing” ones for you Tempest if you’re reading. Harper Finkle wears this necklace in an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place.
I did feel a little funny wearing this while I was running some errands at Target. I haven’t seen many bralettes around the North Shore. Maybe they’re big in Chicago. Have you ladies spotted any where you live?