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How to Sew a Bra

Threads magazine - 159 – Feb./Mar. 2012
Home-sewn bras can be pretty! (From top) Elan No. 645 in liquid satin spandex and lace; Kwik Sew 2101 in lace; PinUp Girls Linda in stretch satin; and BravoBella’s Bravo Bra No. 2 in stretch charmeuse.

At first glance, making your own bras might seem far too troublesome to bother. But it really is surprisingly easy, and the results can be satisfying and well worth mastering a few lingerie sewing techniques.

There are many reasons to sew your own bras. Perhaps your size is difficult to find in retail shops or you’re underwhelmed by the limited styles available in your size. Maybe you have specific fitting challenges that ready-to-wear bras can’t accommodate, or you need a special configuration for a special garment. Or maybe you just want to get creative with styles and fabrications.

This article will help you understand bra sizing, fitting, and materials and will set you on the path to sewing your own well-fitting, attractive bras.

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  1. GinnyGarren | | #1

    I took a lingerie classs years ago and it was fun and simple, but nothing about bras. Am anxious to see if this will suit me and fit. Thank you.

  2. depotbay | | #2

    I am trying to revamp the top of a bathing suit (tankini) and believe this is just what I have been looking for. Threads seems to come up with answers for me when I need them without me even writing in and looking for answers. Thank you.

  3. ursi | | #3

    It looks easy enough; maybe I'll give it a go!

  4. Moos | | #4

    love the exsplenations. will definitive make one for myself, as I have a difficuld size bra. And I am not willing, nor able to buy one for around $100.00 dollars.

  5. user-1114300 | | #5

    I tried to download this article about making your own bra. It did not download.

  6. user-2213754 | | #6

    I just tried to download it also and it would not and spent a half hour with it before deciding it wasn't a problem with my computer. Hate wasting time like that.

  7. Eveli | | #7

    I cannot download it. Chrome says there is something wrong with it :-( anybody can send me the downloaded PDF, please? Thank you!

  8. Evamarie | | #8

    If you are experiencing problems viewing the PDF article, please update your Adobe plugins. That should do the trick.

    -Evamarie Gomez
    Web Producer

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