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Pink Silk Bra by KingNapoleon Pink Silk Bra by KingNapoleon
HAH. I don't know about you, but this is how I spent MY Memorial Day weekend. It was dangerously fun.

I hate bra shopping more than most things for a number of reasons, so I've decided to start making my own. This is only the beginning. One of the magazines I got last month had a selection of lovely fancy bras in it, and that was sort of the last straw. I had to have one. Because I really need silk undergarments to function.

Believe it or not, I made it entierly from the waistband of an exceedingly unusual pair of silk pants I bought at Goodwill. The little detail shots are of the back closure and of the topstitching (yes, that's rick-rack you see there). And no, don't bother asking me to model it. I've already thought about that, and the answer is still no. I will say, however, that it achieves rather the same look as a corset, if you know what I mean. Uplifting, if you will. Hahah. I'ma gonna go make another one.
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KandiViXenKHAOS-92 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish I could wear it, but my breast are to big and my rib cage is too small...
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vakadesign Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Love this! So decadent. Did you make knickers to match? That would be the cutest set.
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KingNapoleon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I didn't, but that's a really excellent idea :D
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northangel27 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lingerie is exceedingly difficult to do well, and you have succeeded here. All the little details really make the garment.
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009   Photographer
This is so darn adorable...the color and the stitching just make this plain awesome!
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screamteddy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Wow that is pretty! I've been having a go at the same thing, though I'm still in the pattern cutting stage. I don't have enough patience to do it all in one go so I've been doing bits here and there. I love the stiching details, it reminds me of old corsetry. Did you use underwires or padding at all, or is it just the quilting which gives the support?
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KingNapoleon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
There's a little bit of padding, but the truth is that I don't have all that much to support. Haha. I was going to try again and see if I couldn't get a better fit, but haven't gotten around to it. Bras are tricky.
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HeadPenguin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008   Traditional Artist
woa...this is cool...serously...thats awsome looking
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KingNapoleon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, thanks. I was going to make another one in a somewhat different style, but never got around to it. Maybe eventually.
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FrealaF Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
9_9 god!!!! is sooo beautiful!!!! i wanna make clothes like u u_u
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KingNapoleon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
If there's anywhere where you can learn to make your own patterns for clothing, it's a really good idea to learn. I didn't like making clothes for a long time because the patterns never fit, but now that I make my own it's a lot easier.
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LovelyShrew Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
absolutely lovely!!
I Dread bra shopping so much, I really feel your pain.
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KingNapoleon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Funny thing is, I never wear the one I made. I've worn it once, I think... I dunno, I end up doing that with a lot of things I make. Sad, really. Hahaha.
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SunneyTehBunney Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
I LOVE IT! I've always thought of making my own....hmmm, Jo-Anns has some great boob-holder patterns, I may start making em! Was it hard? D: And I can't tell, but it isn't wired, it is?

either way, looks totally fab, very vintage looking.
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KingNapoleon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, and thanks also for the fave! And nope, no wires. It took a couple tries before I got the pattern how I liked it (now I've thought of more things to change, but that's for a different bra), but the actual construction wasn't too hard. I spent a lot of time on top stitching... also on trying to get it not to wrinkle, but interfacing fixed that right up. I watched a movie set in the late 30's the other day, and MAN were their knickers fabulous! Makes a person jealous.
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SunneyTehBunney Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
Lol XD they look so aerodynamic back in the day!

Sounds cool...D: I am soo making my own Madonna cone-bra now.
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Ira-she Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
Wow,great job! I've also gotten into making bras, but mine are a lot more simple than that one.
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SolitusFactum Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Making your own bra from a waistband? that's SO COOL!
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
Ha! a quilted Bra, this is fantastic! It never would have occured to me to do that. (though it has occured to me to try making a bra before, I just never thought I could do it) However, it makes perfect sense, a little thickness and some extra stiffness. 'bra'vo (hehehe....)
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KingNapoleon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Interfacing is definitely key... with the pattern and fabric I was using, anyway. I suppose it's different with stretchy fabric. You should try making your own! It's awfully fun. I just measured parts of one I had and then sort of made up a pattern from it. It took a couple tries before I got the pattern just right, but it's not too tricky.
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Goldenspring Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
Hmm, perhaps. it's .... effective you say?
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KingNapoleon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well... I'm pretty flat, so it doesn't take much for it to be effective. I wouldn't wear it jogging, but I reckon it works for everyday use. I haven't worn it out yet, so I can't say for sure...
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
That is just seriously cool!
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KingNapoleon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow! now that's fancy. I bet it took a lovely bit o' time with all that stiching back and forth O.o
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KingNapoleon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes indeed, but I like that sort of work. I find the monotony relaxing. :D
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh? well may I suggest chainmaille. nothing big and beefy like a coat, but just little stuff like jewelry. I don't think you can get anymore monotonous :D
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KingNapoleon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha. True. Although, maybe needlepoint would one-up chainmaille... I suppose it would depend on the project. You could always start weaving your own fabric, too... I definitely wouldn't make it to the point where I'd made enough material to do anything with. Patience is hard.
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