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wordtoashley
« on: January 08, 2005 05:59:06 PM »

After making obscene amount of underwear out of t-shirts, I decided to venture into a new arena- bras.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra.jpg

It looks a little uneven, but it's just the way I'm standing. After adding some elastic along the bottom of the back, it actually fits really well!

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial003.jpg
Materials: t-shirt, bra, paper bag, pen, elastic, scissors, and some sewing stuff

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial0001.jpg
The bra I used didn't have any padding and was just made of 4 different pieces... outlined here in pretty pink lines Smiley

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial004.jpg
Sooo then you just lay the bra on the paper bag and trace around it. Easy, right? Thought so.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial006.jpg
Then you cut out all the little pieces and have a pattern that we can pretend looks professional.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial008.jpg
Cut your shirt open on the sides and trace the pattern pieces, like so. I always leave the bottom couple of inches free, because if you fold them in half and sew them up they make the perfect straps. For my bra I had to make 2 of all the pieces except the one in the middle. Remember to flip the pieces for the cups over when you trace the 2nd one, since the cups are mirror images of themselves.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial009.jpg
And now we have all of our pieces cut out and ready to be sewn.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial011.jpg
I doubt it matters what order you sew the pieces in, but I always do the bottom first...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial012.jpg
And then sew the cups on.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial014.jpg
Slap some elastic on the band here...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial015.jpg
And all the way around here.

After that you just sew on some hooks and eyes (or, if you have old bras that dont fit anymore, cut the strips of fabric with closures off of there and sew them on your new pretty bra) and your straps- I make mine out of either the folded-over t-shirt strips or ribbon.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial016.jpg
I also made this pattern for underwear the same way, and I've perfected the technique of getting a bra and underwear set out of a single t-shirt.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/thriftypixie/bra%20tutorial/bratutorial020.jpg
Mmm...green....
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2005 06:38:25 PM »

Prettyness!!! I'm liking the frilly it's very feminine!
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2005 06:40:21 PM »

HAha thanks. It was really just because I made the cups too low Wink
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2005 06:55:55 PM »

I like! You did an excellently awesome job.  I esp. like that the letters are split up/no longer in order.   How hard do you think it would be to make it with underwires?  Also, does it counteract "perrky points"?

Wanting new bras (or over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders, as the kids call them),
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2005 07:09:13 PM »

(or over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders, as the kids call them),
Cheesy

Yeah, I decided that they would have to be in no order because I wanted the heart over my actual heart.

I was thinking about making it with underwire, and im sure it would be pretty easy- since the seam is already there, you could just fold the seam back up on the cup, sew it into a tube, and slip the wire in. Please tell me if that makes any sense...

I was worried about THO's, since it's all thin and everything, but they would actually hit at the seam of the two pieces, almost all the way up to the lace. I think they should be pretty much covered Wink
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2005 08:04:51 PM »

I'd like to see what your t-shirt underwear looks like (if you're not too embarrassed). That sounds like a super cool idea. I'd love to know how you do it.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2005 08:17:52 PM »

I'd like to see what your t-shirt underwear looks like (if you're not too embarrassed). That sounds like a super cool idea. I'd love to know how you do it.

Are you joking? I've just put a picture of me in a white cotton bra on the internet. Shame is not in my vocabulary.
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2005 08:29:54 PM »

Well then show me already  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2005 04:19:17 PM »

Well then show me already  Cheesy

 Tongue There ya go
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2005 04:59:56 PM »

Awesome. That is so great
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