Skip to main content

Making a bra - 1: What do you need



Edited to add: I've made a pdf file for these instructions. You can find it here.


As mentioned when I started this blog, I like to make a tutorial on making a bra. Today I will start with what you need to make a bra.

  1. Lycra (0,5 mtr makes usually one bra and two panties)
  2. Lace, with or without stretch. I usually buy 1,5 to 2 meters, but that is for panties too.
  3. Wire casing
  4. Narrow elastic for the lace in the upper cup
  5. Shoulder strap
  6. Elastic for lingerie (usually decorated with loops)
  7. Tule, only a small part necessary, used behind the tab center front
  8. Hook and eye closing
  9. Strap slides and rings
  10. Decoration for center front and at straps (optional)
  11. Cotton, only needed if you make panties too
  12. Wires (not in photo)
  13. (Fusible) interfacing for cup (also not in photo)
    mainly for larger busts, must stretch a bit. I use special interfacing for lingerie, but could not find it on the internet.
This is a detail of what I call tule. You will only need 10x10 cm. It has no stretch in the width.


And of course you need a pattern. There are several patterns available on the internet. I use my own made to measure pattern and have experience with patterns of Merckwaerdigh (Dutch) and Sewy (German), but can't recommend a pattern in the English language, by lack of experience.
Perhaps others can help with their experience.


Link to post no 2

Comments

  1. You amaze me with all your lingerie. I really should give it a try some day because I cannot even find my size bra (32DD) anywhere around here and have to order from figleaves.com. I will definitely be saving your tutorials :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Glad to hear that you like it. And give it a try sometime. When you have a pattern that fits it is such a good feeling to be able to make your own lingerie. I am a D75 (34D in the conversion table) and it used to be difficult to find a good fitting bra. Now I have no rtw bra's anymore in my drawer. Just look at them for inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your tutorial looks very helpful . Photos are beautiful. I have to read it carefully since I 'm getting the virus of bras-making, too. I have made by now two of them and even if they are far from being perfect, they are so much comfortable than the rtw I own! And it's a beautiful piece of garment to construct. The main issue is too find material and fabrics..

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

It's always nice to have feedback on what I'm posting about. All comments, also positive criticism, are always highly appreciated.
Leuk als je een berichtje schrijft, altijd leuk om te lezen, ook opbouwende kritiek!

Popular posts from this blog

How to sew a sleeveless top with facings

How lovely to read the nice comments on my jacket. Grumpy without coffee commented that the original artist for the cartoon (which apparently was for books) was Sarah Andersen. Thank you for mentioning it. Beckster asked about the way I closed the center back seam of the lining. I did it by machine. She also said “Although I have not tried it, I have been told that the lining can be made by using the pattern minus the seam allowance and facings.” Well, certainly not without seam allowances, it should be without hem and without the facings. Important is that you have about 5 cm hem in the jacket for this to work. And I would always make a center back pleat. It gives you space to move without the lining pulling on the fabric. Next time I make a jacket I will try to make photos of the process of bagging the lining (Patsijean said she would have liked to see them and probably more would be interested). Might take a while though, see the end of this post.-----------------------------I mad…

Dress Burda June 2018, construction picture

Once in a while a pattern shows up in a magazine that I want to make immediately. This Burda dress from the June issue is one of those.It’s mainly the linedrawing that’s interesting, as the fabric they used for the magazine issue is not really showing the design lines. There would have been better accent options for the piping they uses. If you’re like me and in general don’t look at the Burda instructions but do it by experience or your way anyhow, DON’T go on autopilot with this one. Sleeveless dress: I close shoulder seams at the last possible moment. Not here, as you have to sew the bias band in between the center and side parts. The band has no seam (and I wouldn’t add one, too many layers of fabric), so the shoulder has to be sewn earlier than I’m used to.Darts: I was inclined to sew all darts as first step and realised really just in time that the front dart is taking up the edge of the band. Front and back band! I was stupified why the angle of the band was not matching the si…

Hilarious description

This week I bought the January Burda issue and browsing through it this top, and especially its description had my attention. Written by someone who has no understanding of modern, functional fabrics and never goes to the gym. Don’t know whether it’s the same in the English issue of the magazine, but in Dutch it says “Sport shirts often have the disadvantage to be close fitted.  This restricts your movement. Our suggestion: make this shirt with a full draped back.“I didn’t care to check their description of sports shirts they published before, but thought this one was hilarious.Off to trace a pattern from this magazine (not this one).