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« on: August 03, 2010 10:23:23 PM »

I got sick of waiting to go to Spotlight to buy a good bra pattern, I decided to DIY! This is good if you do not have a very large bust. I'm a 12C-ish, and this tutorial shows you how to make a basic padded bra. You can easily add underwiring, which - when I get some - I will add to this tute on how to put that in as well.


I am going to buy a bra pattern, and give that a test run too, the most widely reviewed one that seems to be good is Kwik Sew 3300, so hopefully I can pick that up tonight as well as some bra-making supplies.


You're probably wondering why on earth I am making my own damn bras? Well part of it is because of the Self-Stitched September pledge I took a few days ago, and part of it was because I was so intimidated by making my own bras I had never attempted it before! Knickers? HA, old hat. Bras? EEK!

Well not anymore!


Please note:: there will be no shots of me actually wearing these bras! I took a few, then decided it looked alot less like me modelling a bra I made, and more homemade sexy photos  Shocked

As you can see, they can be worn as little summer tops if you're super brave ((I dn't want to think about that, it's deadly winter here)). You could also use this tute to make a top that has bustier-type cups on it! Yey!


This is the quick n dirty version. I'm going to do an in-depth tutorial of fold over bands ((because I use them in everything)) and more about the back clasp, but for now, it's not hard to wing it from where I leave off Grin ((sorry!))

Are you ready? What you'll need is::


* A bra you are willing to cut up that fits you well. If you don't want to cut it up, you can make a pattern from it, but it's ten times easier to just cut the sucker up! ((See that ginormous leopard-print bra? yeh that's how big I got when I was breastfeeding Vince. It's like 16DD))
*  Fabric. I used two old singlets. It doesn't NEED to stretch, but it does help!
* Fleece. I used regular ol' fleece to pad my bra! ahah. Did you notice this is a quick n dirty bra tute?
* Bra Straps - I didn't have any of these handy, so I just stitched lace onto regular 1cm wide elastic
* Bra closure - I didn't have any of these handy either, so they don't do up at the back yet! ahah. You could use a snap, or velcro if you really want ((which is probably what I'm going to end up doing. I mean I'm DIYing it anyway, it's not like it needs to be adjustable))


 Now you're going to cut your bra up. The key here is to only cut up ONE HALF of the bra, so that you can see which way the pieces go with the uncut side! I'm using the black bra I already cut up as a guide for you guys. You'll want to cut down the middle of the bra ((centre of your chest)), cut the cup out, cut down the seam in the centre of the cup - if your bra doesn't have this seam, cut a curved line approximately down the middle. Cut the straps off too. If you're using shirts and not one continuous piece of fabric, cut the side seam of the bra as well. Cut the bra closure at the back off also.


This is what your pieces should look like


Now get the shirts you will be working with. Cut up the sideseam and the shoulderseam. If it's a tee, cut off the sleeves.


Ok, here's a good tip. Instead of cutting straight onto fabric, trace around your pieces, adding 1cm on all edges for seam allowance onto paper. This way you can adjust your pattern when you finish your bra - to make it fit better. Now use those pattern pieces and cut out 2 of each pattern piece.


Don't forget that the main part of the bra ((the bit that the cups are stitched onto)) should be cut on the fold ((remember you cut down the centre of this piece and left half of it intact)). Don't add a seam allowance to the centre front like I did. Lol.


If you've got the underpart in two pieces, cut the back pieces out now too. Add seam allowances!


Cut out a pair of the two bra cup pieces out of the fleece. This is going to serve as your padding. Cheesy ((wow.. super blurry photo max...))


Now find on your outside cup section the part where the strap was attached. line this up with the pieces you cut out and do a little snip to mark that point. This is to mark where you will sew your new straps onto.



Do the same for the back



If you havn't bought proper bra straps for this, cut elastic to the length you need. You can use fancy elastic, I just used plain white elastic and...


stitched some red lace onto it! If you stretch the elastic as you sew, it will ruffle up nicely


Ta-Daaaa, pretty bra-strap!


Now we'll do the cup.


Get the inner cups and place them ontop of the outer cups, right-sides together. Use the uncut side of the old bra as a guide.


Stitch 1cm from the edge.


Do the same with the 'padding'


Now lay the cup over the padding, making sure you're matching up the right ones.


Sandwich the bra strap between the padding and the cup.


Pin


Then stitch across the top of the cup and the outside.


Clip the corner where the strap is.


Whoops. I had my strap the wrong way! Trusty unpicking time!


Yeh that's better!


Top-Stitch the edges you just stitched.


Get your main bra pieces.If they aren't in one piece, stitch the backs to the front.


Get your cups and line them up


Sandwich the cups between the main pieces and pin


It should look like this.


Stitch from the end of one cup right acrossto the other side. The middle part where the cups do not join should be flat across. Flip it the right way and it should look like this. Now flip it back inside out again!



Pin the ends of the bra straps down to the parts of the bra back where you snipped it earlier. Sandwich the strap between the ends and then stitch.



Then top-stitch.

And this is where I cleverly forgot to take more pictures! I'll give you a wordy tute now, and add photos for ya'll later! If you're stuck on anything, let me know!

After you've top-stitched, cut a piece of fabric 2x as wide as you want the little band at the bottom ((don't forget to add seam allowances)). The piece of fabric is going to be as long as the bottom. Fold it in half lengthways and stitch it the bottom of the bra. Topstitch the seam allowance down.

TA-DAAAAAA

You're done, now just DIY some sort of bra clasp if you havn't bought one. Velcro? Press-studs? Mine have pins in them, ahahahah. So rock n roll...

Any questions? Let me know!
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2010 01:03:12 AM »

this completely rocks!!! *bookmarked*

fantastic tute, thankyou so much Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2010 03:47:07 AM »

This rocks! Because I need more bra tutorials to finally start making mine, and because the pics look awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2010 05:18:51 AM »

Wow, this is great! I definately need to make some of my own bras instead of spending wayyy too much money on them.
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2010 08:03:28 AM »

Good tute! I recently made my own bra and I was so surprised by just how easy it really was. Love the lace on the plain elastic!
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2010 10:37:07 AM »

WOW That was incredible.  What if you have large breast and need the underwire?  Do tell!!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2010 10:44:50 AM »

Wicked lookin bras!!! Grin Iv neer enture as far as makin bra's but your tute's so easy to follow Ill definitly be havin a stab at it! Cool
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2010 02:47:54 PM »

This is great! I'll definitely be giving it a try.
One thought on the clasp... couldn't you just snip off the one from the sacrificial bra and use that?
Thanks for sharing! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2010 08:12:37 PM »

awesome tut! Bookmarking for future!
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2010 11:59:22 AM »

One thought on the clasp... couldn't you just snip off the one from the sacrificial bra and use that?

Methinks the idea is to make lots from the one pattern, therefore you'd eventually need more clasps Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2010 12:33:05 PM »

Do the seams make ridges that show through shirts?
This looks less mysterious than I expected! Thanks!
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2010 02:43:32 PM »

Very helpful! I think I may be able to try this!
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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2010 06:21:01 PM »

This is awesome. Awesomely awesome.
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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2010 07:32:17 PM »

WOW That was incredible.  What if you have large breast and need the underwire?  Do tell!!!

I'm yet to give it a go, but I was thinking of finding a pair of old bras at teh second hand shop + taking the unmderwire out of them. I can't imagine it'd be too hard to sew them into the bra. Sew a little channel and then slip it in!
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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2010 05:03:47 PM »

WOW That was incredible.  What if you have large breast and need the underwire?  Do tell!!!

I'm yet to give it a go, but I was thinking of finding a pair of old bras at teh second hand shop + taking the unmderwire out of them. I can't imagine it'd be too hard to sew them into the bra. Sew a little channel and then slip it in!

I have to have underwires (gravity hates me). I salvaged mine from an old bra when I made mine, sewed a casing, it needs to be a slight curve, and stitched it to the very edge of the cup. I haven't been able to find underwires at any of my local craft stores, I'm going to check out the hardware stores for some flat wire I think. But I think the best bet is going to be hit up the thrift stores and salvaging them.
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« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2010 07:30:56 PM »

This is perfect!  I was going through my clothes and found my old favorite(Stupid washing machine destroyed the cups!) And this is a great solution!  THANK YOU!
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« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2010 02:50:18 PM »

that was awesome!  I'm excited to try it out asap  Grin.  tutes are way more fun with drippy fonts.
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« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2010 02:05:46 PM »

Very cool.  I'll definitely be trying this when I get some free time.
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« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2010 09:22:44 PM »

hmmm,  I can see how this would be harder for those of us who are larger.  All my bras are made out of stretchy material and are not padded, I just can't do bras that have a specific shape.  I'll have to find some material similar to the material my favorite bra is made of.  I have two of the same style so I may have to sacrifice one of them.  I REALLY need new bras and just don't have the money to get some that are good fitting (usually Victorias Secret).
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« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2010 07:49:55 PM »

hmmm,  I can see how this would be harder for those of us who are larger.  All my bras are made out of stretchy material and are not padded, I just can't do bras that have a specific shape.  I'll have to find some material similar to the material my favorite bra is made of.  I have two of the same style so I may have to sacrifice one of them.  I REALLY need new bras and just don't have the money to get some that are good fitting (usually Victorias Secret).

Yes, I do admit this tute mightn't be very useful for bigger busted ladies. I would take apart one of my bras when I was nursing because there were huge, but i don't want to do that. Luckily my friend has really really REALLY big boobies, and we're going to see if we can make her a bra! I'll let you know!
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« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2010 05:47:57 PM »

i really want to try this out. its so hard to find the right bra that i find comfortable AND affordable. i would love to try making one just right that i can just make a ton of. thanks for this!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2010 08:05:30 PM »

This is awesome! I would so try it, but I'm a big lady and need under wire support!
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« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2010 03:26:43 PM »

This is absolutly awesome!! Easiest to follow bra how to I've found so far.

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« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2010 10:59:36 PM »

This is super nifty. I have quite the large 'personality' so I don't think this would work for me. But I want to try to make one anyway, with underwire though.
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« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2010 06:52:40 PM »

This is a great tutorial.  Thanks!  Smiley
Regarding bra supplies: http://www.corsetmaking.com/BRApages/BMSstorefront.html
Tons of stuff there... underwires, hooks, straps, all that good stuff.
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« Reply #25 on: August 20, 2010 10:55:26 PM »

wow- i'm definitely in love with you right now. this tut is EXACTLY what i've been searching for<3 thanks so much! definitely super awesome.
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« Reply #26 on: August 22, 2010 04:51:45 AM »

VERY cool bras--I'll definitely have to try this out  Smiley
But PLEASE tell me that you either made a typo when you said your bra size is 12C, or that you don't live in the U.S. (where the "12" of "12C" would mean that the circumference of your chest is 12 inches  O________________O)
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« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2010 02:56:37 AM »

VERY cool bras--I'll definitely have to try this out  Smiley
But PLEASE tell me that you either made a typo when you said your bra size is 12C, or that you don't live in the U.S. (where the "12" of "12C" would mean that the circumference of your chest is 12 inches  O________________O)

yes I live in Australia. I've been getting that alot. i guess people forget there are other countries than their own Cheesy
 I mean when I hear 34C i don't think Size 34.
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« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2010 04:44:06 PM »

I'll be bookmarking this.  I've used a bra-inspired bodice for a self-designed nightgown I made but it definitely didn't turn out as sucessful (or sexy) as this.

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2010 05:16:01 AM »

Oh my gosh, this is great. I have a hard time finding bras that fit me well, and I can't believe I never thought to just make my own! Thank you SO much for this ^_^
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« Reply #30 on: August 31, 2010 06:03:47 AM »

as far as underwiring goes, any suggestions on where to buy materials? im actually having a hard time find a website that sells the parts. maybe i am searching for the wrong thing.
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