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« on: August 14, 2010 03:51:49 AM »

I made a bra! I live in Japan and can't get my size here - imported bras start at about $70 and more, so my friend suggested I try making my own.

I had some trouble trying the 'tape and drape' technique for the pattern, so I ended up drafting a block from measurements. It's a three-piece cup, made by sewing together two rounded-off triangles, and then a band at the top using the bottom triangles, inverted, as a guide. Most of the hardware (wires, straps, hooks, and some of the fabric) was salvaged from an old bra, and I had the fabric in stash, so the whole thing just cost me $2 for elastic and ruffle ribbon Cheesy

The band was drafted in one piece and is basically a rectangle, with a curve of about 35 degrees added in so it hugs the ribcage. The front piece is the same non-stretch fabric as the cups, the back is stretch-fabric-and-elastic. The fabric is doubled for the bottom of the cups and the front of the band for extra support. Cups are sewed first, then stitched into the band, then underwire channelling added, and elastic, and finally the straps, hooks, and finishing touches.

You can find my pattern method and exactly how I sewed it together on my blog - http://abigailscraftshowto.com/2010/08/how-to-make-a-bra-part-3-sewing-your-bra/

It seems pretty comfy so far, though I've not tried teaching a class in it yet *lol*

« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2010 04:14:23 AM »

It looks good.
I just made a underbust corset, this tutorial just might help me make a corset with a bra attached as a full corset... awesome.

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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2010 05:09:07 AM »

awesome job for a first attempt!  i love your fabric choice, so cute!  do you find it comfortable and wearable?

« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2010 05:10:51 AM »

I am so impressed ! I hope to make one some day. I will definitely read your blog post to see how you did yours.
The result is very cute and seems to fit you perfectly Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2010 05:12:11 AM »

It looks good.
I just made a underbust corset, this tutorial just might help me make a corset with a bra attached as a full corset... awesome.

Ooh yeah, that would work! You'd just need to draft the cup patterns and set them into the top of the corset rather than a band Cheesy


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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2010 05:35:42 AM »

I am very jealous. I CANNOT find a bra in my size no matter where I go or what I'm willing to pay so I must settle for "close enough" My sewing skills are lacking (mostly because I have absolutely no patience) I doubt I will ever be able to make something like this. So kudos to you, it looks great!
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2010 06:29:56 AM »

Awesome! it's very well done and professional looking.  Must learn to make bras now
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2010 06:35:43 AM »

I love your fabric choice! It's too pretty to keep covered up!

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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2010 07:12:33 AM »

That's really impressive!  I have trouble finding commercial bras that fit, I can't imagine making one.  I'd probably end up with torpedo boobs ><

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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2010 07:22:02 AM »

This came out great! Bras are on my list to try soon! and seeing yours gives me more confidence to try!
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