Adding A Shelf Bra to a Tank
I found my love of the shelf bra this summer. I see no reason to wear a "regular" bra anymore. My body's enjoying it's new freedom as I choose comfort during this pandemic. So what got me started on the shelf bra? Well, the Love Notions Summer Basics! I wrote a blog post on their blog all about what fabrics I used for the shelf bra add-on that came along with the Summer Basics update and size extension. While writing that blog post, I made 3 Summer Basics, all with shelf bras. I've worn those on repeat all summer long and realized I want every tank to have this option now.
Today I'll be sharing how to add a shelf bra to the free Love Notions Laundry Day Tee, also known as the LDT. The reason I chose the LDT is that I like the swing shape and back coverage of the LDT. The shape differs from the Summer Basics more of a fitted tank or dress. The other main difference is the LDT is finished with bands and the Summer Basics is finished with binding. The LDT is a great pattern to modify and hack because it's free with the code in the Love Notions FB Group and ranges from size XS-5X!
Not only will I be adding a shelf bra to this LDT tank but I'll also be making it a crop length. My idea of a crop is a top or tank that covers the top of my bottoms so it may be longer than you prefer. That's totally fine, you can use the same technique to get a custom length of your choice.
Creating a Crop Length
To start, take your measuring tape and measure from just below your armpit to the length you want the top to be. My measurement was 12". Make sure to add in the hem allowance now, which for the LDT is 1". On the front bodice pattern piece, measure from the armsyce straight down the total length you just calculated. In this case it's 13" which was exactly to the short/lengthen line.
Repeat this process for the back pattern piece. Constructing the crop length is exactly the same as in the tutorial, it'll just be a shorter length.
Creating a Shelf Bra
Cut out the elastic according to the Summer Basics pattern. Using the LDT, cut out the front and back bodice in your main fabric along with the neckband and tank bands or binding (your choice). With the newly created LDT shelf bra pattern pieces, cut out a front and back shelf bra with your shelf bra fabric. *I wrote a blog post all about fabric choices for a shelf bra here. For this make, I'm using swim fabric for the shelf bra. If you want a more casual shelf bra, I'd go with Cotton Lycra.
With RST, serge/sew the shoulders and side seams of the LDT front and back bodice. With the LDT right side out, slide the shelf bra inside, matching wrong sides together. Clip to hold it in place. Here's a trick that Tami gives and it makes all the difference... Serge the neckline and armsyce together. This makes it easier to attach bands or binding without the two pieces separating.
|Nested WST before serged|