Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Testing a bra pattern

The 3rd item I wanted to finish will have to wait. My eagerness to try a new bra pattern wins. Some weeks ago I was alerted to the site MakeBra.com. A Finnish company that sells bra patterns and some fabric and notions for sewing lingerie. When I first browsed the site I was interested, but did not yet order a pattern. Then they announed a downloadable pattern. Though I don’t like downloadable patterns so much, a bra doesn’t have that many pieces so the amount of printing and taping together would be do-able.

After checking the measurement charts (the downloads are for one size patterns) I decided to buy the DD75, a measurement I expected. I was very happy with the buying process, the link for the download was received immediately and the printed pieces were easy to understand (I’m not affiliated, just a happy customer).

The bra’s are for foam cups you make yourself. On the MakeBra site is an instruction for making a test version, which I did as this is almost new to me. With some remnant pieces of shoulder straps and wire channelling this was easily done. The cotton for the back muslin was cut wider, as there is no elastic. It looks very promising, the fit of the cups is good. I compared the front and back pattern part with my tnt bra pattern and it’s quite similar and the length at the bottom is exactly the same. I know this to be important. Also on the site are instructions for making the bra’s, I’m looking forward to trying this pattern for real. Stay tuned.



  1. Brilliant! I had no idea you could make the foam lined bras that I love to wear. Thanks for the link.

  2. I'll be excited! I've wanted to have a foam bra for sometime but didn't know where to start. I'm keeping an eye out!

  3. I am interested to see what your results are. I am eager to try to make a bra and have been reading over your successes!

  4. Oh I'm so excited because I also found this site a few weeks ago (before I finished exams) and I thought this morning I need to order it. With your bra making experience, I'll be watching and ordering mine today. It looks a fantastic shape for larger cups and the site is a lovely helpful one. Thanks!

  5. I recently found and ordered the large cup pattern they have on Make Bra - I think it was model #4800. It's on my to do soon list!

  6. can't wait to see the finished article


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