The MyFit Sports Bra and Crop Top includes options for a Horizontal seam and Princess seams that provide shaping, color blocking options, and support in your bra.
In a fully lined bra, these seams can occasionally create a bulky seam or some sensory discomfort. Using a flat front option for the lining can be an effective way to address and minimize these concerns.
The key to making this method work:
- Select Fully Lined
- Use the Same Seam Allowance
- Enter the same stretch entries to both projects. Enter the stretch percentage for your lining fabric and the main fabric in the corresponding boxes. Leave these entries in place for both projects.
- Use the same measurements and all options. The only change should be to the front style. You will download twice, once as flat front for the lining, and once for the Horizontal or Princess seam option.
I worked in Inkscape to demonstrate how these two options can pair together. The black pattern will be the shaped front and the red pattern will be the flat front for the lining. Notice that the back piece is identical and you can't see the black pattern underneath. That is true also when we look at the straps and front neckline.
Princess seam pattern in black and Flat front in red. The black is not visible because the patterns are identical.
Horizontal Front in black and Flat front in red. The black pattern below is hidden because the patterns are identical.
The change is visible when we look at the front patterns. Using Inkscape, I moved the front pattern pieces so that the notches lined up. This better demonstrates how well these options will work together. I also generated these demonstrations with 0 seam allowance to make it clearer.
The black pattern pieces are the Princess seam option, with the flat front in red. Once sewn, the side seam will match up with the lining.
The black pattern pieces are the Horizontal seam option, with the flat front in red. Once sewn, the side seams will match up with the lining.
Once you have your patterns ready, cut the shaped front pieces out of your main fabric and the flat front pieces out of your lining fabric.
Follow the instructions for constructing the flat front lining, and the shaped front piece. Once the main and lining are sewn, the side seams will match up and you can continue to assemble the bra following the pattern instructions to complete a bra with a seamless lining.
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~Cynthia and the AP Team