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Sports Bra Upgrades

Customize any version for style and comfort

Threads #208, April/May
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Making your own sports bra opens up a wide range of options, from better fit and support to creative strap configurations. Pattern: author's own. Fabric: author's stash.

Anyone who lives an active lifestyle knows that a conventional bra doesn’t provide essential support during exercise or other strenuous activities. Enter the sports bra. The original designs were engineered to compress breast tissue. This works for some figure types; other wearers want bust support without feeling too confined. Most women also want options for strap styles, adjustability, and fabrics that wick away moisture and conform to their curves. Every person has different wants or needs when it comes to sports bras, and the easiest way to find the perfect fit and style is to make a bra yourself.

There are many styles that are functional and stylish. With a little sewing experience, you can make a sports bra that suits any activity, from walking your pup, to skiing, running, and yoga. I’ll walk you through selecting materials and patterns, as well as techniques for attaching elastics and sewing…

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