The bra top pattern I am sharing with you today is one of the pieces of lingerie I used to help me get through the last winter. I thought that this project could give you some comfort while we go back into our homes to endure another cold winter.
I made this bra top with 50% stretch elastic lace and it has no padding nor any wires.
I used already made bra straps, but I will also share with you how to make your own. It also has soft elastic around and under the chest to avoid any discomfort or rashes.
A peek-a-boo effect to add an attractive detail.
Front gathers to accommodate a larger bust, although this bra top pattern is not designed for a bust larger than D.
- stretch lace with 50% stretch
- 3/8″ wide elastic for the bra straps or already made bra straps
- 3/8″ two bra slider and two rings
- one bra closer
- two yards of fold over elastic 5/8″ wide
- thread to match
- stretch needle
- sewing machine with a zigzag stitch
- measuring tape
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Pattern Layout For The Bra Top Pattern
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Print the pattern for the carpet tote bag on Actual Size and in a Landscape format.
Sewing Level: Intermediate
I recommend that you become familiar with these concepts in order to get the best result out of this project:
- experience with linguerie construction
- knowledge of fabric
- ability to follow instructions
- knowledge of fitting linguerie to your own body
Also, you will need to read how to make a bra strap if you are not buying your own.
Before you decide to use this bra top pattern, consider the design to see if you are able to wear this type of bra. It has no padding and no wires so if you are largely chested I suggest using wider straps and a wider elastic under the bust for better support. Please notice this bra is not designed for sport or to give you much support, although I have used it for yoga, dance and stretching. The main reason to use this bra pattern is for sexy comfort.
Notice I give no guidance on elastic for the underbust area. This is done so you can decide how tight you want the bra to be in that area, this is very specific to your personal needs. The tighter the underbust the better the support will be however the comfort will decrease. In my case since I am looking for comfort, I have taken the measurement under the bust minus two inches and that is the length of the elastic underneath.
Gather the front between the notches marked in your pattern. Reduce the space to 1.5″ (4cm), I suggest 2″ for Cup A.
Sew the fold over elastic on the chest opening and the armpit area using a small zigzag stitch. On my sewing machine, I am using size two.
Lay your bra top on the table and cross the front overlapping 1.5″ and 2″ for A and B Cup.
Pin the bra to the elastic, right sides facing each other. As I mentioned before, measure your underbust area and decide how tight you want the band to be. Pin the centre of the bra to the centre of the elastic. Sew at 3/8″ (1cm).
Attach the fold-over elastic around the chest area. Leave a gap of 2″ (5cm) between the cups. The length of the elastic will be determined by the size of the bra top pattern you choose.
Attach the bra hooks at the end of the elastic using a small zigzag.
As my slider is a bit flat, some are round and even triangular or square, I will need a piece of elastic attached to the back of the bra in order to be able to sew the straps.
Attach the bra straps to the cups using a small zigzag.
Slide the strap through the slider and sew the strap using a zigzag.
Finally, trim the strap to align with the lace.
As you can see, in eight easy steps you are able to make a bra top that is both sexy and comfortable without the hassles of wires and pads.
In a coming post, I will be showing you how to turn this bra top pattern into a crop top and a swimming suit. You'll be surprised at how versatile this piece can really be. So Until next time, Happy Sewing!