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shelf bra in nightgowns

jlynn | Posted in General Discussion on

I would like to have bra support in my nightgowns and I would also like for the gowns to be beautiful. Is there anyone out there that has taken a new nightgown and added a bra to it? I have looked all over the internet to purchase already made bra shelf nightgowns but they don’t have enough support. I have large breasts. I would appreciate any suggestions.?


  1. woodruff | | #1

    Jan Bones, who designs a line of patterns called "Lingerie Secrets," has a pattern for a pretty nightie with built-in support:


  2. ramfashion | | #2


    this is Venkatraman from India. If you are a fashion designer means you casn easily made this thing as per follows.

    1) Take your regular using nightgown. But it must be covered at center.

    2) take your regular using bra and measure the cup size and bottom belt size.

    3) make one bra with out the armhole support.

    4) attach the top area of the bra in your night gown.

    5) make sure that the garment have enough strength to accept the stitch in left and right chest part.

    thats all now your night gown ready with bra.

    With regards,
    Venkatraman. S
    Mobile: +919840914386

    1. jlynn | | #3

      Thank you so much for your answer. I really didn't want to make a bra. I thought I might buy a sleep bra and sew it into a ready made nightgown. My other thought was to buy a sleep bra and make the nightgown around it in order to get the support I need. I just want to have some pretty nightgowns. Some lace on them would be nice. I'll let you know how I do.
      I am in Patagonia, Az. USA. Isn't the internet wonderful. It brings sewers from all over the world together. Thank you again, Lynn

      1. Sancin | | #4

        Have you thought of looking at bathing suit patterns? Quite a few of them have shelf bra's in them. You could adapt the concept to a night gown. They seem to be a simple lining with an elastic band from one side seam to another. This is not a good description, but perhaps an actual pattern would help you more. A shelf bra is not very supportive, however. Years ago I purchased a sleep bra which I wore under a night gown. It was a simple one size fits all bra made of light weight lace with lots of lycra and did up in the front. I have been looking for another ever since. I used it when I was breast feeding and my breasts were very heavy.

        1. Gloriasews | | #5

          Sancin, you can get bras like you described from http://www.clearpointdirect.ca.  They are called 'Front Closure Comfort Bra' & are in several styles & not expensive.  Hope this helps.


          1. Sancin | | #6

            Thanks, Gloria
            I actually have purchased from that source, but found that after the first wash to elastic/lycra either stretched or shrank!! I still do wear several of them, but they sure don't give me the support I need, but the front opening is easy to put on.

            I don't know about everyone else, but have you found that bra straps lately tend not to stay on the shoulder?

          2. Gloriasews | | #7

            That company also has a firmer comfort bra made by Glamorise, but it's $20.  I've noticed that some do lose elasticity when they've been washed - moreso if they've been dried in the dryer, so hang them to dry - they'll last a lot longer.  You didn't bleach yours, did you?  (or use detergent with bleach)?  That can rot the elastic.  I haven't had much problem with straps falling off my shoulders, unless they are too close to the arm at the back, usually telling me that I need a larger band size.  Maybe the fabric of the straps is making a difference for you, as well.  I really hate the elastic straps, as they don't provide support, but the padded straps are good & comfortable.

          3. Josefly | | #8

            Bra straps falling off the shoulder. Yes I've noticed that it happens a lot more now than before, though I've always had narrow shoulders. Perhaps it's because with age my shoulders are rounder, more forward. Most of my bras have straps that I can't re-sew at a better spot, since the straps are a continuation of the back band. I recently bought one of those elastic bands that stretch across between the straps - it is the most uncomfortable thing, much worse than the racer-back style athletic bras. That band seems to seek the area right across my shoulder blades. The racer-back bras pull the straps so close to the neck that they show in the neckline of many of my clothes. I suppose I'd better learn to make my own, but I like the soft-cup, seamless style of bra that I can't possibly produce. Aaarrgh.

          4. Sancin | | #9

            Well, Josefly, I have always had and still have very broad square shoulders so perhaps the rounded back is the best explanation. Certainly I am developing that. I prefer front closing bra's due to problems with arthritis. I have found a brand that has better shoulder straps and a front opening, but unfortunately have a hard time finding my size. I expect that it is a popular size and sells out quickly. Next time I see them I will buy all that they have. I wash my bras in machine but air dry them so they do last awhile. What we women and our girls have to go through!!

          5. Josefly | | #10

            I prefer front-closures, too, and they're increasingly hard to find. Is there a brand/style you like? source?

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