Last in our trio of product sneak previews comes our new Catherdral boned bra. We’d already introduced Cathedral boning in our Cabaret Torsolette and after working with more modern inspired underwired bras wanted to work on a ‘proper’ vintage piece. The idea behind Cathedral boning is that the bones support the sides of the breasts coaxing them into that pushed up, defying gravity, 1950s shape you often see on vintage strapless dresses and swimwear.
I put off working on the bra for a couple of days as I was convinced it was going to be a complete waste of time, that there’s no way we could get a great fit, after all the vintage sample we were working from was rather suspect. Geared up by the success of our Cone Bra one morning we decided to take the plunge, and it worked. First time! The picture below shows our first rough attempt and since then we’ve played around with contrast spiral stitching on the cups which really make them pop, and added shoulder straps - Cathedral boned bras tended to be strapless in the 1950s and didn’t hold up very well - I wanted ours to be worn without the worry of any droop.
The finished version will be available SS13.