A Review of The Sum It Up Bra, Front Edition, Pdf Pattern from George + Ginger.
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Following the success of The Switch It Up Bra George + Ginger Patterns have released a new bra pattern - The Sum It Up Bra! There's a Front Edition with 10 different front views and a Back Edition with 10 different back views. You can buy the patterns separately or as a bundle.
The Sum It Up Bra has a full bust size range of 28" up to 63" and includes cup sizes A - H. The Pdf comes in A0, A4, US Letter and Projector versions with Layers enabled.
Recommended fabric for The Sum It Up Bra is a 4-way knit with at least 50% stretch and good recovery such as Cotton Lycra or Athletic Knit. Fabric suggestions for making larger sizes include:
using thicker fabric for more support with less stretch along the grainline
adding power mesh between your main and lining fabric
adding elastic to the straps and/or binding.
Certain fabrics may adjust your fit and cause you to go up or down in size. For example, if using a structured fabric with a little less stretch and great recovery like ponté or scuba you may need a size up. Using a thinner, stretchier fabric like brushed polyester or terry may need a size or two down.
Source: George + Ginger
There are detailed instructions on how to choose your cup size. This cup size is not the same as you'd necessarily buy in store, so it's worth the effort to measure accurately to get the best fit.
I am a pattern tester for George + Ginger and chose to test View 1 of The Sum It Up Bra Front Edition. It has a crossover front with binding at the edges and is fully lined and reversible. This is probably the most simple design of the collection but I thought it looked the easiest to wear. I used some soft touch stretch fabric left over from a previous project - you really don’t need much fabric at all. I used the same fabric for the outer and lining but you could be very creative and use coordinating fabrics.
The instructions for View 1 of The Sum It Up Bra Front Edition are very detailed with step-by-step clear diagrams. There's also an Adjustments Guide to perfect your fit but I didn't need to use this. Some of the construction does get a bit fiddly towards the end when everything is coming together. I found it easier to use a zipper foot because the areas with binding got very thick and were difficult to manoeuvre around evenly.
I chose to add elastic to the band, which is optional, and my Sum It Up Bra has been very comfortable to wear. Overall I'm pleased with it - I've spent money on store bought bralettes which have been really uncomfortable so this is such an improvement. I think fabric choice is really important though - you need enough stretch for ease of movement but enough structure to give support. My fabric is quite lightweight which makes my Sum It Up Bra very comfortable but less supportive. I would really like to try one in an Athletic Knit fabric but there doesn't seem to be many stockists of this (at an affordable price) in the UK.
I thought I'd try another version from the Front Edition of the Sum It Up Bra and View 3 really appealed because of the interesting strap design. This time I chose to use Fold Over Elastic (FOE) for the straps rather than creating binding as per the instructions. This is much quicker to use and gives a less bulky result. Again the instructions were easy to follow with clear diagrams. I did use my zipper foot though when everything gets sewn together in the last stage of the bodice.
My heart fabric is quite lightweight but lovely and soft against the skin - as a bra it offered little support so I chose to make View 3 into a nightdress. I used the half circle skirt from The Lounge Gown (a FREE Pdf pattern by George + Ginger) and it was simply a case of sewing it onto the bottom band.
I was finding The Sum It Up Bra a great little project and decided to make another - View 4. This view has an interesting twist detail but is a little bit more revealing! Again the instructions are easy to follow and it's a relatively quick make, especially as I used FOE again. This time I used a lightweight scuba purchased online from Tia Knight Fabrics. This is my first purchase from them and I'm pleased with the quality of the fabrics I received so I'll definitely use them again.
The scuba fabric was lovely to work with but it has less stretch than the previous fabrics I used so my View 4 Sum It Up Bra is a much firmer fit. It's important to bear in mind that your fabric choice will absolutely make a difference to the fit of your bra. I would probably make a size up if I used this fabric for this pattern again.
The Sum It Up Bra Front Edition is a great pattern and great value considering you can create 10 different looks. They are quite quick and easy to make and don't use much fabric - great for all those leftovers you have from previous projects. There's also the option of adding a skirt to the bodice and creating lots of fabulous summer dresses which are comfy but supportive too!