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Sewing bras

karnie | Posted in The Archives on

I am a definite newbie at sewing and i was wondering if anyone had made a bra from a kit or any method?


  1. D | | #1

    I just finished making my 3rd bra. I used an Elan pattern & kit; I recommend the kits because I can't find the right elastic or underwires anywhere locally, and the mail order catalog I had was overwhelming with choices.

    1. Kathy_Wertz | | #2

      *I have made four bras, two using the Elan kits and two without the kits, but ordering the underwires, channeling and stuff from Elan. Am finishing an underwire bikini bra and bottom for a bathing suit for my sister. Bras aren't hard if you follow the directions exactly and sew exactly the allowed seam. On one of the bras, which I was making for my sister, I had dull scissors and knew I wasn't getting an exact cut on the pattern pieces and then I think I wasn't as careful as I should have been on the seam allowance. Needless to say, it didn't fit and it is not fun to pick out stitches on that type of fabric and try to correct the mistakes! It was a learning experience! But don't be afraid to try a bra, it's a fun project.

      1. heather_blair | | #3

        *Does anyone know where I can find instructions for making my own bra pattern?

        1. Key_ | | #4

          *Where are you getting you kits? I would like to try one myself. [email protected] is my address.Thank you

          1. Susan_Turner | | #5

            *I made custom bras for a woman about ten years ago. She had them made in Canada and couldn't find anyone in Vermont who would try to make them. They were completely cotton except for the elastic on the back hook. The ones she had were almost in shreds but she let me take one apart for a pattern. I made three and they came out great and she was very happy. I would suggest that you take a bra that fits you really well and make a pattern from it, finding fabric that has the same characteristics. The thing to remember is that seams and pieces are very small, so errors are multiplied. Be very careful about seam allowances. Once you get it down, making more should be very rewarding.

          2. Ami | | #6

            *I'd also like to know where to get kits and/or supplies. If you could supply me with this info I'd really appreciate it. Thank you

          3. Irene_Lumley | | #7

            *I also would like to know where to get the Elan kits/pattern for bras

          4. Cindy_Turpin | | #8

            *I have a problem with finding a bra that truly fits well. I would be happy to construct my own, but I don't have any patterns and I haven't been able to locate any in my size. Right now, I'm wearing a 44L from a lingerie catalogue company. They don't fit that well, but they're the best I can get. They cost me $75 and up per bra. Any suggestions on where to find "plus-size" cup patterns?

          5. lin_hendrix | | #9

            *Hello, Look in the ad section of nearly any issue of Threads for the Elan kits and supplies by Elan. Two other companies that I know of sell the supplies, Elan and Kwik Sew patterns:http://www.laceland.com/http://www.sewsassy.com/Sew Sassy does have kits but if you're looking for unusual colors you'll be disappointed. Only available in black or white.I've never sewn a bra but I do get stretch knits from these two companies.--lin

          6. lin_hendrix | | #10

            *Hi Cindy, If you do a lot of sewing you may wish to consider buying one of the pattern making software programs. I use PatternMaker http://www.eskimo.com/~pmaker and I know they have just put out a lingerie pattern set. You basically input your measurements and the program drafts the pattern for you. Print it out on your printer and tape it together. I'm not sure if the other pattern software companies have a lingerie package (the ones I know of are LivingSoft, Water Fountain, and Wild Ginger). PatternMaker has been extremely responsive to my email questions and problems. You may wish to ask them if their lingerie package could "do" and L cup.Although there's only one bra "pattern" shown you should be able to change things like band width, straps, and closure placement after you've perfected the fit.--lin

          7. Nancy_Wertzberger | | #11

            *I just ordered a pattern(KwikSew) and kit from Bramakers. It hasn't arrived yet. I wanted a bra without underwire, and they had a kit (the Elan patterns are all underwires). The website, which has a lot of great information, is http://www.bramakers.comNancy

          8. Anastasi_ | | #12

            *has anyone had luck with Kwik Sew's underwire pattern? I'd like to get it, but I need to substitute the nylon with cotton fabric due to allergies. Would this work? Also, is there a pattern out there for a support bra without underwires? I didn't see anything in the catalogue

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