Bras right off the store rack do not always offer the comfort, sizing and support a woman needs. Generic sizing often leaves out women who fall between the sizes, or who have unique requirements in their garments. When making a simple bra at home, you can dictate the type of fabric, the fit and the amount of coverage you desire in a bra. Sewing a bra requires some basic sewing skills, as well as a standard sewing machine. Once you have mastered the first bra, you can recreate this easy-to-make bra multiple times.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- 1/2- to 1-yard satin or cotton material
- Simple bra pattern
- Sewing machine
- Sewing notions
- Hook and eye tape
Measure the circumference of the ribcage just underneath your bust line, using a measuring tape. Pull the tape snugly around your ribcage as you measure. Make a note of this measurement. Measure the circumference of your bust across the nipple line using a measuring tape and make a note of this measurement.
Apply your measurements to a simple bra pattern. Lay out your satin or cotton material on a flat, even surface. Apply the bra pattern pieces to the fabric. Cut out four bra strap pieces, two side pieces, four side cup pieces, two front cup pieces and two center connector pieces.
Lay one of the bra strap pieces right-side up. Place another bra strap piece right-side down on top of the first strap piece. Sew around the perimeter of the straps on both long sides and one short side using a 3/8 inch seam allowance on your sewing machine. Turn the bra strap right-side out. Fold in the fabric on the open short end using 3/8 inch of fabric and sew into place. Repeat with the remaining two bra strap pieces.
Fold a front cup piece in half down the center with the right side of the fabric facing out. The piece should be symmetrical, so line up the two opposing halves. Sew together two side cup pieces along the two shorter edges with the right side of the cloth facing in. Turn right-side out. Pin the raw, unfolded edge of the front cup piece to a side cup piece along the matching, curved edge. Tuck in the raw edges of the side cup pieces as you pin the front cup piece in place. Sew into place. Repeat with the second set of front and side cup pieces.
Fold a side piece in half lengthwise with the right side of the fabric facing in. Sew around the perimeter of the raw edges, leaving a 3-inch opening undone. Turn the piece right-side out using this opening. Tuck in the edges and sew closed with the sewing machine. Repeat with the second side piece.
Sew together the two center pieces with the right side of the fabric facing in. Leave a small opening and turn the center piece right-side out.
Connect the two front cups together using the finished center piece. Pin the edges of the center piece to sit just to the inside seam of each cup. Attach the side pieces to the other edge of the finished cups. Attach the bra straps to the top corner of each cup and to the end of each side piece.
Sew a piece of hook and eye tape to the ends of each side piece. Ensure that the hook faces the correct way so that it can connect with the eye and sit comfortably in place.
Tips & Warnings
- Try on the garment as you are constructing it to ensure that the sizing remains correct. Make adjustments as necessary.
- Practice constructing a simple bra with cheap fabric first.
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