I was a fan of Monty Python when I was in university (can you tell).
Sometimes, an opportunity presents itself, you something pushes you to grab it. This happened to me a couple of weeks ago.
I needed a new bra. I went to the store and came home with something that sort of fit (but not really). A couple of days later, I get a newsletter, from my favourite fabric store, announcing that Johanne Brousseau would be teaching a 2 day workshop on making a bra. She promised that when you were done, you would have a bra that fit and a pattern and supplies to make a second (speedy sewers might even get their second bra well on the way). The workshop was expensive, but I would get 2 bras that fit...I talked it over with my partner in all things. He asked how much bras cost, guessing they cost about $20. I had the pleasure of informing him that he wasn't even close. He thought that maybe it would be worth it.
So I worked for 7 hours on Friday, and about 6 hours on Saturday, and this was the result.
Here is the whole thing.
This is my "training bra", because I got to make my alterations on it. Who knew that my straps were falling down, because they needed to be moved 1/2 " closer to the centre? Who knew that one side of my body was a completely different size that the other side? The sewing is far from perfect, and the design leans toward function instead of beauty, but who is going to see it, any way? I am just thrilled with the fit.
I have my second one cut out, but it is going to be sewn more slowly, probably just one hour at a time. However, I expect it will go much faster, because the learning curve is not quite so steep. I need to get started, because I am not sure I ever want to put on the commercial bra again.