It’s 2021 everyone! It’s still the middle of a pandemic, though, so wear a mask and stay home. Mmkay!
2020 was a year. 2019 was a year. Etc. I don’t attribute any one year to the troubles in my life. It’s all part of the systemic issues that our society has and until those change… the years are not getting better. I am still disabled and sick and financially at risk and housing insecure. I will side-eye anyone who is experiencing relief from a digit change, because it doesn’t change anything. I experience relief from the wins we’ve had as we tackle all the issues in our society. Those wins emphasize that there is good in every bad year. Also, saying it was a bad year tends to ignore all the transformation and change. Change is a tough thing to tackle but it’s necessary if we want a better future. 2020 wasn’t a fluke or a series of unfortunate events. It was brought on by a number of things that our society can no longer tolerate. There is still so much change to come and 2021 isn’t about to stop that. I’m focusing on the transformations and wins I had from 2020.
- Finally got diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction and sleep apnea
- Got better migraine meds and a neuro who cares
- Got a speech therapist and physio therapist
- Took a self-management workshop for people with chronic pain and found some useful bits
- Got a zz plant after lusting after them for years.
- I mended my childhood quilt, which was made by both my maternal Grandma and my Mom
I replaced a few squares from my flannel scraps and then replaced the binding around the quilt as well as some cotton corners on the back. Everything is handstitched on except for the first pass of the binding. This was for the #slowprojectchallenge.
Makes me so happy to sleep under it again and take it out of storage.
The year was made all the better by having my partner around. We’ve always been solid but this past year was blissful in our relationship as we focused on communication and showing love. ❤
Muna and Broad Banksia Bralette
The Muna and Broad Banksia Bralette has been out for a while and I am a big fan. I have made two different versions so far and love them both.
For both versions, I used cotton lycra and firm powernet. The purple version is my first one. Both versions are also paired with Waratah undies.
Speaking of Waratah undies, I can’t stop making them. I love them so much!
I made a lot of panels based on how much was available for my cotton lycra or bamboo scraps. Makes me so happy.
Back to the Banksia, the bralette is a pull-over style and has internal slings in powernet and can be lined in powernet too. Both my versions have the slings and a layer of powernet lining.
I made size G D cup with about a 1/4 of an inch removed from the front straps and 1 inch removed from the back straps for the first version. I did not use the narrow shoulder pieces.
I am pretty pleased with the fit overall.
Here is my second version with the matching undies. After wearing both around for the last few months, I think I will add some length to the centre front and then taper it to the side seams. The elastic band rides up just a bit under my bust. I won’t be adding in too much, though, since I don’t want to compromise that lift. With the powernet and internal slings, it’s really quite supportive. I’ve worn it out to doctors appointments as well and find it so comfortable to wear for that.
I have one Banksia already cut out before I decided to do alterations to the pattern but I will update on the fit once I get another cut out. I’m thinking the next one is going to be another in the yellow fabric since I have a bit leftover. It will be a while for it though since I am completely out of powernet with no money to buy more. Boo.
I was a bit hesitant with this pattern because of two possible health issues that may be triggered by it: bad shoulders in getting it on me and compression hives. But the compression on this is more gentle and it helps that the elastic is completely enclosed. I also find that the bralette goes over my shoulders much more easily than others like it. I think I will definitely be making the swimsuit version at some point too because I imagine it would also be much easier than the other swimsuits I have to get on and off.
- Pattern: Muna and Broad Banksia Bralette
- Pros: That internal sling is pure genius and I love it. Size range is *chef’s kiss*
- Cons: Not sure there are any?
- Make again?: Obviously!
Rating: 5/5 stars