I’ve got the pattern for a bra and before I start on what looks to be a fairly finnicky project I thought I’d ask others on the forum whether or not they’ve been happy they sewed bras for themselves. On the one hand it’s a neat challenge to consider, on the other hand I’m not one for too much “fiddly” stuff, so before I launch in…any opinions?
I'd encourage you to give it a try. I've made a few, and they really don't take all that long--I think it took me 1 1/2 hrs. for the first one (not an underwire style), and perhaps less for the others. The seams are not very long, and there's little or no pressing involved with many of the fabrics you'll use, so you save a lot of time there. And although you're working with a 1/4 inch seam, and a few areas with curves, the sewing itself is not complicated. I've read very good feedback on most of the available bra patterns, in terms of instructions and the final result, so you shouldn't have too much trouble with them. And, if you're hard to fit, this is a great opportunity to create some custom lingerie. You might need to make a couple versions to perfect the fit, but given the minimal investment in time and fabric, it can be worth it.
Threads No. 99 has an article on cloning a favorite bra, so if you have a style that you love, and a basic pattern that explains construction methods, you can eventually duplicate your favorite undergarment and never again worry that the manufacturer will discontinue it!
Does the article in #99 include where to get supplies? Our Wal-mart really doesn't offer much. rjf
Yes, there's a source list for mail-order supplies. One place that I've ordered from and had good service is http://www.sewsassy.com. They carry a couple of pattern lines and pretty much any fabric or finding you'd need--plus they're helpful on the phone and will advise you as to what you'll need for your project. I've made fairly basic bras, but I 'll bet if I actually went to a store that sold all this stuff, I'd have some pretty colorful lingerie.
Thank you all for responding. I feel encouraged now to try the project (telling me it wouldn't be so labourious after all was one of the things that did it!). Plus the thought that the fit will be just for me. And thanks for the upcoming Threads issue on the bra.
That Threads issue is a back issue--if you don't have it, you could order it (go to the Threads homepage and look in the right hand column for "Back issues"). Taunton has also published a book by Karen Morris, Sewing Lingerie that Fits, which is terrific. It has a chapter just on bras, but also has loads of other wonderful lingerie and lounge-wear techniques. I love that book! It makes me want to create an entire wardrobe of slips and camisoles in gorgeous silks.
Thanks again Carol, and I will definitely check the book out.
If you search on bras you can find some of that info-- http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00111.asp
I gather there is much more than just this in #99.
I have made myself several bras because of fitting problems. Each one has been better as I've tweaked the fit. Yes, they are a little tricky because of the precision required, but it gets easier and I am so happy with the results it has definitely been worth while. Every time I go fabric shopping I look for more supplies to do another and plan to make one for every one or two other projects I do. I guess it depends on your reasons for making them. For me it is fit, comfort and being able to have 100% cotton knit. Any sewing mistakes don't show since nobody but you can see them.
I know I am abit later than the others on answering you but after making the first couple to perfect the fit for myself,I honestly rarely even look at RTW bras unless it is to get new ideas for my own.Lingerie sewing is much easier than most folks realize and the possible styles and colors are endless.Custom frilly,or if you prefer plain and simple that fit you rather than the store bought ones that sorta-kinda fit are so much more comftable it hard to believe more people don't sew their own.As to patterns and books I have had the best luck using Kwik Sew.They have a good range of styles and clear easy to follow instructions. You will not regret trying this type of sewing.Oh before I go one import thing....lingerie sewing is very addictive...lol
Thanks to you both for replying and for the suggestions made. I'm looking forward now to trying my bra out and finally may be able to make a "sexy" fancy one for me as I'm hard to fit and mostly wear heavy duty industrial strengtrh looking ones. Also lol.
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