Saturday, June 2, 2007

Making a bra - 5 (finishing)

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

Before adding the shoulderstrap, you should measure your closing at center back. The shoulderstrap should be within the closing. In the picture I've marked it with the line. So I needed to trim it a little bit. When your hook and eye closure is wider than the back, you pin your shoulderstrap a bit out of the fabric.

Cut your shoulderstraps in half. Don't cut a separate piece for the back, leave it as one part.
Pin the shoulderband to the back and stitch it with your widest zigzag.

Trim the fabric on the inside.

Take the ring and pin it. Sew with a narrow zigzag and very close stitches. I made two rows of zigzag stitches, to make it more secure.

Cut off the shoulderstrap, you now have the strap that you will attach to the cup.

In the same way, with small zigzag stitches, attach the shoulderstrap to the slider.

Slide the shoulderstrap through the ring, from the back to the front, and then through the slider.

Pin it to the cup

Stitch, again using small zigzag stitches.

Close the wire casing on both sides with narrow zigzag stitches too, and cut off the extra length that is sticking out still.

The bra is finished, add a ribbon decoration if you like.

I really hope that this tutorial is helpful to some of you. Any comments are welcome. I tried hard to have all the English bra vocabulary correct by searching these on the internet, but please let me know in the comments or by e-mail if I have made a (stupid) mistake or if I could make it clearer by using another word.


  1. Wow this is fantastic. Thank you so much for this now I can finally try to make my own! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  2. Sigrid, your lingerie and your tutorials are first-class, including your English! Thank-you for the time you put into this. You've begun to demystify this for me and I really appreciate it.

  3. Your Bra tutorial is fantastic.Thank you so much for sharing this with us.I have just started to cut out my 1st bra. So this has been a great help.

  4. This tutorial is so very helpful. Thank you for taking time to share this. I'm making a bra as we speak (Kwik-Sew) and while the instructions are good, there are some pointers that they missed. So I was really glad to see that you have covered those pointers in your tutorial. Again thank you so much!

  5. hi. Not sure how I ended up on your page but I am SO glad that I did. Most informative...last made lingerie 30 years ago and you have re sparked an interest.. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your projects.

  6. This is brilliant. Your English is excellent and your pictures are clear. One of these days, I will give this a try. I need a bit more experience before I dive into the precise business of bra making. I have added your tutorial to my favorite websites.
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wat moet ik nou met mijn sluiting? :-) Je tutorial is fantastisch, mijn eerste beha is bijna een feit, alleen moet ik elders even opzoeken hoe dat zit met de sluiting...

  8. Stom zeg om dat niet te vermelden ;) Niemand die me er ooit op gewezen heeft. Dank je. Ik ga binnenkort misschien een nieuwe beschrijving maken. Zal het dan toevoegen.
    Het is in ieder geval oogjes links en haakjes rechts (als je 'm aan hebt).

  9. Maakt niks uit, ik had nog wel ergens een beha waar ik dat aan kon aflezen. En zo heb ik toch eindelijk een goed passende beha, dankzij de gratis uitleg om het patroon te tekenen op en met jouw werkbeschrijving. Eerst met oefenmateriaal, daarna in het echie!

  10. And you've cleared up another part of sewing a bra that I couldn't understand.
    You're bra looks excellent.


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