Mini Review ~ Boylston Bra by Orange Lingerie

Helen Cloke boylston pattern review mini review the harlow kit

'The Boylston Bra' made in 'The Harlow' kit

The Boylston bra is a versatile underwire bra with a demi cup and full frame.

 Boylston bra sewn in raspberry stretch lace

Mini Review 

The Bra:

  • Pattern designer: Orange Lingerie
  • Bra type: Underwire, three piece, demi cup with fabric straps and a full frame
  • Skill level: Intermediate 
  • Size range: This now comes in two size ranges.  A-DD and DDD-J
  • Shape range: For a wide variety of shapes
  • Time frame: Average  - more time needed for foam option

Value for money? 

The versatility of this pattern makes it good value for money.  You can make a regular bra, a foam bra and the style also works great as swimwear.

Clear Instructions?

Yes, absolutely.  The instructions are very clean and clear on the page with great diagrams and written instruction, making them very easy to follow.  The only thing that lets it down is there are no instructions for creating the foam variation.  Luckily there is a great tutorial written by Amy over on the Cloth Habit blog detailing how to sew foam cups.

Layering the outer fabric with the foam cup.  The foam cup seams are covered with seam tape.

Accurate materials list ?

As with most patterns the fabric and powernet requirements are on the generous side.  The findings list is good.

Clear fabric recommendations? 

Other than 'low to no movement fabrics / tricot' there are no materials mentioned.  This bra could be made with a large variety of different fabrics so there was the potential to list a few more suggestions.

Matching set potential?

Yes, depending on the fabric used.  Visually, the bra is quite fabric heavy, so careful choice would need to be made in selecting a complimentary briefs pattern.

Variation possibilities?

Lots!  I think I've seen this pattern made in almost every fabric.  I've seen lovely full lace ones, mesh ones, even quilting cotton ones.  I've made it in nylon lycra a few times for swimwear with a great result.

Boylston bra bikini

Boylston bra bikini made from this fabric


A great, versatile pattern that is a must have in your pattern collection.

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