The origin of “bra”?

I’m still knitting the little top for the new arrival due at the end of this month. I showed it to a French friend who immediately said, “It’s a brassière!”. That surprised me, until she explained that a brassière is a traditional style of crossover baby garment, much used in France. And I’d thought this pattern was a modern take on a kimono. Which all goes to show that there’s nothing new in this world. And I’m guessing that’s where we Anglophones get our name for brassières/bras from, because the first ones were presumably a cross-your-heart Playtex-style design.

Baby kimono with one sleeveAnyway, the first sleeve is done. I just need to knit the second one and then a band along the diagonal opening edges and the back neck. When I know what sex the baby is I’ll attach a loop and button on the appropriate side and probably a small press stud on the other side to keep the flap in place inside.

I think the stripes work. I had to alternate the Fair Isle-effect yarn with plain white because I only had one 50g ball of it, but actually it’s a good way of preventing any pooling with such a yarn. The body was knitted in one piece, bottom up, and the rows are of course much shorter after the armhole split, but breaking up the patterned yarn with white makes the difference less obvious.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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