The bra pattern I'm sharing with you today is one of the pieces of lingerie I used to help me get through last winter. I thought this project might bring you some comfort as we return to our homes to endure another cold winter.
I made this bra top with 50% stretch elastic lace and it has no padding or underwire.
I used pre-made bra straps, but I'll also share with you how to make your own. It also has soft elastic around and under the bust to prevent any discomfort or rashes.
A hide-and-seek effect to add an attractive detail.
The front gathers to accommodate a larger bust, although this bra top style is not designed for a bust larger than D.
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|Under the chest
Sewing Level: Intermediate
I recommend that you familiarize yourself with these concepts in order to get the most out of this project:
- experience in lingerie construction
- knowledge of fabric
- ability to follow instructions
- knowledge of adapting lingerie to your own body
You'll also need to read how to make a bra strap if you don't purchase your own.
Before you decide to use this style of bra top, consider the design to see if you are able to wear this type of bra. It has no padding or underwire, so if you have a large chest, I suggest using wider straps and wider elastic under the bust for better support. Please note that this bra is not designed for sports or to give you much support, although I have used it for yoga, dancing and stretching. The main reason to use this bra model is sexy comfort.
Note that I don't give any indication of elastics for the underbust area.. This is done so that you can decide how tight the bra should be in that area, this is very specific to your personal needs. The tighter the chest size, the better the support will be but the comfort will decrease. In my case since I'm looking for comfort, I took the measurement under the chest minus two inches and that's the length of the elastic underneath.
The first step
Gather the front between the notches marked in your pattern. Reduce the space to 1.5″ (4 cm), I suggest 2″ for cup A.
Sew the folded elastic over the chest opening and at armpit level using a small zigzag stitch. On my sewing machine I use size two.
Lay the top of your bra on the table and cross the front, overlapping 1.5″ and 2″ for cups A and B.
Pin the bra to the elastic, right sides together. As I mentioned before, measure your underbust area and decide how tight the band should be. Pin the center of the bra to the center of the elastic. Sew at 3/8″ (1 cm).
Tie the fold-over elastic around the chest. Leave a space of 2″ (5 cm) between the cups. The length of the elastic will be determined by the size of the bra pattern you choose.
Attach the bra hooks to the end of the elastic using a small zigzag.
As my slider is a bit flat, some are round and even triangular or square, I will need a piece of elastic attached to the back of the bra so I can sew the straps.
Attach the bra straps to the cups using a small zigzag.
Slide the strap through the slider and sew the strap in a zigzag pattern.
Finally, cut the strap to align it with the lace.
As you can see, in eight easy steps you can create a bra top that's both sexy and comfortable without the hassle of underwires and pads.
In a future article, I will show you how to transform this bra pattern into a crop top and a swimsuit. You'll be surprised how versatile this piece can be. So until next time, happy sewing!
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