A Review of the FREE 25K Bralette Pdf Pattern by Rad Patterns - plus how to turn it into a Dress by adding a Handkerchief Hem Skirt.
To celebrate reaching 25K followers on Facebook, Rad Patterns have released a FREE pdf pattern - the 25K Bralette.
The 25K Bralette is:
... a low support lounge crop/bralette made to provide minimal support and maximum comfort!
The 25K Bralette comes in sizes XXS - 6X with cup options per size. Recommended fabric is knit with at least 50% stretch in each direction.
The instructions are very clear and concise with very nice diagrams - great for beginners and above. The bodice is lined and there is the option to add armbands or use the 'burrito method'. I used the burrito method because it gives a very satisfying neat finish with no raw edges on the inside. It can be a method that is difficult to get your head around at first but I felt that Rad described it very well and there is also a video to help.
I used some lightweight jersey - its not particularly supportive - but soft and comfortable. You could easily use some active lycra stretch fabric and create something with more support.
According to the measurement chart I needed to make a Medium with a Large cup - this sizing worked out perfectly for me. After adding the band I was very happy with my 25K Bralette but I immediately knew that I wanted to see if I could make it into a dress. I had striped jersey remaining from a previous project and thought that this would go great with the black bodice.
I've never made an item of clothing with a handkerchief hem but thought this would look great in the stripe. To cut a handkerchief shape you essentially cut a circle out of the centre of a square piece of fabric. The circumference of the circle needs to match the waistband you are attaching it to. To make it easier - fold the square in half twice and calculate the radius of the circle.
I needed to create a skirt with a waist circumference of 62cm. To calculate the radius you need to divide the circumference by 2π. Therefore, I divided 62 by 6.28. This gave me the answer of 9.87 which I rounded up to 10. Therefore, the radius I need is 10cm.
Once I had cut out the circle shape from the fabric it was simply a case of sewing it to the 25K Bralette waistband and then hemming. This ended up being a really quick dress to make and there are so many other variations I can make by adding different skirt shapes and lengths.
Final Thoughts: This is a great FREE pdf pattern to have in your collection. You get a great fit because of the different cup sizes included and there's so many ways to personalise your creations!