Next you sew the back bands to the outsides of the cups.
Now you sew the casing onto the seam allowance of the cups, this is tricky and you need to take your time and be precise, and follow the pattern instructions. In the picture, the right hand side is sewn on with a wire in it, and the left hand side is partially sewn.
After this you sew on the elastic that goes along the back bands, all the way up along the underarm, and up the straps (or not up the straps, depending on the pattern). Again, this is done by sewing the plush elastic on the right side and fipping it to the wrong side and sewing again.
And around now you also put the finishing elastic on the top edge of the cups and up the straps, if they are fabric. I like the look of Fold-over elastic, I think it gives a nice smooth finish, but you can use other elastics too. You can see the finised edge in the final photos, I must have forgotten to take one!
Next you sew on the strap elastic to the band and again there are various ways to do this, but I have made a couple of alterations to my pattern, and this is how I like to attach mine now.
Finally, finish the straps according to your pattern. Recently I have been making fabric straps, but find that they are too stretchy, even with elastic on the two sides, so I have sewn some strap elastic over them, and it gives a nice broad, but firm strap. They are very comfortable. The strap elastic is sea-green on this bra.
The lace at the centre is not quite as exact as I'd have liked, and one cup is slightly high at the top, on one side......I think it'll pass muster though!
BTW....I am still working on the wrinkles across the centre seam. I am still tweaking the pattern.Oh yes and a back shot....do you know how diffucult it is to photograph you own back! I will follow this post up with some websites and links to other blogs that are way more knowledgeable than me. A lot of them have in depth tutorials of how to make a bra. It will take time though!
Edited to add....The fabric which I am using for this bra is extremely strong, unusually strong, normally the bottom cup of the bra would be lined with something non-stretch., and the back band would need powernet to make it stronger. Sorry, I'm quite spoiled with this fabric.