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Pattern Roundup: Lingerie

Kwik Sew 3167 panty and camisole, left, and Orange Lingerie Esplanade bra, right.

Sewing your own lingerie is one way to get a more customized fit for your undergarments, especially if common commercial sizes are limited. Myriad styles are available through different patternmakers and the wide variety of materials for lingerie making gives you the flexibility to create something that reflects your personal style.

Lingerie sewing advice

For tips on fitting and sewing bras, see “The Bra Dilemma Solved” by Cynthia Elam, originally published in Threads #71 (June/July 1997). The article contains techniques for solving many common concerns in making well-sewn bras.

Read “Adapt a Bra to Accommodate a Prosthesis” by Cynthia Elam, to learn more about altering bras to fit a prosthetic or padding.

If you’re a Threads Insider, check out Stephani L. Miller’s article, “Bra-Making Basics,Threads #159 (Feb./March 2012), Stephanie takes you through choosing materials and measuring for fit, as well as construction techniques.

Threads Insiders can also read about couture lingerie techniques in “Create Couture Lingerie” by Alexandra Armillas, Threads #135 (Feb./March 2008). Alexandra worked in Dior’s couture house and shares some of the methods she picked up over the years.

Lingerie pattern options

Below are 10 lingerie patterns to get you started on your lingerie-making journey. Many of these patternmakers sell kits, so you don’t have to worry about gathering appropriate materials on your own.

Bra-makers Supply Sweet Sixteen Bralette

Bra-makers Supply Sweet Sixteen Bralette

With options for lace or fabric construction, and pattern pieces to create your own foam cup, this bralette pattern is highly adaptable to personal taste. It features a wide range of cup and band sizes to better fit different body types. This site also has bra or bralette kits that include the fabric, elastic, closures, and findings to make one bra.

Woman wearing tropical print bralette and panties by Designer Stitch Olivia Bralette/Panties

Designer Stitch Olivia Bralette/Knickers/Briefs/Panties

This lingerie set features a bralette and panties with many leg-cut options for more or less coverage. The wide size range enables it to fit different body types. Cup-size options for the bralette range from B to F. The pattern is simple, designed for comfort without frills.

Emerald Erin Black Beauty Bra

Emerald Erin Black Beauty Bra

Available in two size ranges determined by cup size, this bra fits band sizes 28 to 40 and cup sizes B through G. It is a balconette-style bra, with the strap extending to the bottom of the cup for extra support. This site has kits specifically designed for use with this pattern available for sale.

Etoffe Malicieuse Promesse lingerie: bralette and panties

Etoffe Malicieuse Promesse

Designed by a French lingerie pattern company, this bralette and panty combination is great for stretch lace applications. It comes in two size ranges and fits waist sizes from approximately 23 to 50. The pattern instructions and website are available in English, but beginner sewers may struggle, as some sewing terms can be difficult to properly translate.

Kwik Sew 3167 lingerie: camisole and panties

Kwik Sew 3167

A simple panty and camisole combo, this pattern has minimal seams and shaping but uses the fabric’s stretch to achieve a close fit. This style is not designed to provide much bust support and does not have separate cup size options. Therefore, it may be better for someone with a smaller bust. There are four panty styles, from thong to boy-short.

free bra pattern

Madalynne Intimates Sierra Wrap Bralette

Get this intriguing bralette pattern for free. It has halter-style straps and a wraparound back closure. There are no cup size options. The design is a great option for beginners, as they do not have to worry about underwires or channeling, and the shape is easy to adapt for different band sizes.

Bralette for nonstretch fabrics

Ohhh Lulu Peridot Bralette

This pattern is designed to be sewn from woven, nonstretch fabrics. Try using silky satins or chiffon for a vintage-inspired look. The pattern does not have separate cup size options, but the seam across the cup makes this design easy to adapt to suit a larger bust.

Strapless longline black lace bra

Orange Lingerie Esplanade Bra

Designed as a classic strapless, longline style, this bra has foam cups and a boned band for support and staying power. The wide band provides support for larger busts without digging into the ribs. It has cup sizes from A to DD and band sizes from 30 to 40.

Simplicity 8510 lingerie pattern

Simplicity 8510

Embrace vintage-style underthings with this 1930s-inspired brassiere and tap panty. These are designed for woven fabrics. The bra is gathered at the front and fitted with darts. The panties fasten at the sides and have the option for a shaped yoke.

Vogue 8888 lingerie pattern

Vogue 8888

This ensemble pattern includes two length options for a robe, two lengths for a camisole, and shorts-style panties. They are designed to be sewn in woven fabrics. The panties are cut on the bias for extra comfort. There is the option to add lace embellishment to any of the three pieces.


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  1. theresa_in_tucson | | #1

    It's nice to see plus sizes modeled but where are the over 50 models? We still wear bras but aging bodies have different problems in fitting and getting a good fit in a bra.

  2. SeamRipperPro | | #2

    AGREED!!! Even late 30's early 40's I went from a B cup to an A cup. Volume? What volume?! But I'm 5'10" with broad shoulders (upside triangle). On a non-bloated day I'm a 36A - which is available.......NOWHERE. When I do find one in a store, it's "normal coverage" or "full coverage" so I end up with 2 bubbles on my chest. I found I need a "demi" to account for no volume. No bra pattern I've found has that.

    Sports bras - forget it. Sizing tells me to get M but I can never get the band around my ribcage. If I can, the straps are an inch too short so they're always cutting into my shoulders.

    I got the idea in my head to sew my own bras. (that's hilarious as I've yet to produce something I'd actually wear yet, but what the heck!) I notice with just about ALL bra patterns, there is a seam that crosses the apex. Either across, or 3 points meet. Those seams show through anything but a thick sweater. I understand the need for geometry, but surely there's a way to add light lining/padding and move the seams? Wouldn't it be like moving/adding darts in a waist?

  3. user-7346962 | | #3

    I too appreciate the plus size model. If I was in my 20's or 30's, I'd be all over these little pieces of lace being modeled. However, I'm over 60 and have a very large cup size. I've tried to buy a bra that will do the job for me, but come up with nothing. Can't even find patterns that will work. I need a bra that will help "separate" my boobs as well as support them. I'm a triple D size cup and am at my wits end trying to find a bra that will fit me appropriately. Any suggestions out there??

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      cptmelissa | | #4

      Hi, I have the same issue. In fact, I turned 62 today, and wear a 36DDD or a 38DD. I have been looking for a long line bra, but can't find any to save my life. So I think I'm going to try the Esplanade Bra. I've been looking for a long-line bra where the support comes from the waist stay and boning up the ribcage. I have made corsets, and they all sit on the waist which gives the support.

      I'll let you know how it works out.

      1. SeamRipperPro | | #5

        Hey ladies, check out this site:

        It took me a minute to understand how her process works. You order a band pattern, and you order a cup pattern. Or vice-versa. So the 2 separate patterns = 1 complete bra pattern.

        Novel approach.

        I think you'll find something there!

        (I ordered The Mystique from Orange Patterns - because I finally found a molded demi-cup pad that's not like shoulder pads!! But that's for the less curvy among us. I promised myself one thing at a time, and found the Porcelynne site afterwards. It looks very promising though!!)

    2. degasdancer | | #6

      I realize this is a post is older but if anyone wants to know, check out the measurements and calculator at A Bra That Fits to get your UK size.

      Then head over to brastop.com or herroom.com to order. Nordstroms also stocks more range.

      Brabuilders has patterns for for D-H cup sizes

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