Art Deco Boudoir Bra

One of my 1930s needlework books (from my ever expanding vintage craft and sewing library) had some very basic instructions for making a bra out of a hankie. I decided I would use an original Art Deco silk crepe hankie and some ribbons from my ribbon box to have a go. There was a lot of improvising – the only instruction that seemed to be precise was to make a 2″ dart – and with a lot of pinning and checking on my (size 12) mannequin, I finally got there with the delicate taupe and cream creation above. I was glad to have a couple of little ready made bows that matched, but when I make this garment again I am going to ensure I have toning ribbon flowers prepared (can feel a shopping trek to VV Rouleaux coming on already …). Plus, I will make longer ribbon ties for the back and am going to try it with gathers instead of a dart as well as experimenting with different size hankies. No cheeky comments about extra large men’s hankies, please!!
Below is the diagram from the sewing book plus a couple more views of the bra.
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8 comments… add one

  • it´s cute!

  • Lovely, the fabric looks just so art deco! If I recall earliest, simple bras were made from this method, I didn't think it would look so elegant!

  • That's adorable and the fabric is so perfect!

  • Glad you like this, I am going to make some more using different size & coloured hankies to continue the experiment! K.

  • Stunning!

  • That's really pretty! maybe you could do a tutorial on how you did it.

  • Yes, I am gradually putting together instructions for various projects on my blog. Also, I hope to demonstrate making this (& some other make do & makeover garments) at the Discover Vintage Festival in York next April – will keep you posted!

  • This is darling! And so simple, looking at the diagram! Maybe I’ll give these a try soon.


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