1920s | 1930s | Applique | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

Lingerie in Profile: A Beautiful Lace Bra

June 10, 2012

Today over on A Few Threads Loose I posted about a wonderful piece of vintage lingerie from my personal collection. I wanted to share it with all of you over here at We Sew Retro as well because it was just too pretty not to!

This 1930’s bra has many hand made details but has a size 34 label so it was most likely made for resale at a very nice shop. The straps, rosette and binding are all silk ribbon, and the lace is incredibly soft.

Notice the lovely tricolor petals on the silk rosette and these little center pleats to give fullness to the bust… a lovely but futile attempt with a bra that reveals nearly everything.

One cup has a silk flower applique… something that looks a bit like a signature to me. At first I thought it was to mend a tear in the lace, but underneath the lace is flawless. Also, looking at the label, I don’t know that this bra has ever been worn or laundered before.


Strap tails finished on the outside of the bra as an ornamental detail… the first I have ever seen.

Whoever made this bra, they, like me, just couldn’t quite seem to get their closure to match up perfectly either ( A miscalculation I make time and time again).

Sigh, oh for the old days. As lovely as this bra is, and it’s in my very tiny size, I’m terrified to wear it and risk harming it.

To recreate this bra myself I think I think I would use DuBarry 2587B.

How about you? Do you have any vintage lingerie that’s just too pretty to wear?

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