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Laurel Sports Bra Pattern Digital PDF Download

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I really wish I liked this pattern more than I do. The little details and huge size range are definite plus points, but I find the construction method to be really cumbersome and it has put me off making this more often.

I have made two versions so far. For the first, I followed the size recommendations and made a 38G. This is far too large on me to offer any support, but I wear it to bed in hot weather. For my second version, I sized down to a 36F. This fits snugly and offers enough support for daily activities, including low-impact sports. I agree with other reviews that the Laurel gives excellent shaping for an underwire-free bra: no uni-boob and no excessive flattening.

As far as the construction of the bra goes, I will be making future versions from the bottom up. I have a basic overlocker/serger and the suggested construction with a double layer of high-elastane fabric plus elastic is too beefy for my machine to sew neatly. I find that the effort that goes into cleanly enclosing the neckline, underarm, and back cut-out seams is not worth it, especially considering that there is then no way to enclose the waistband seam. For my next version, I will enclose the waistband and finish the other edges using fold-over elastic.