The Bralette, Perfect Undergarment for Summer

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A quick and easy bralette pattern to make the perfect accessory for the summer days to be worn with or without modesty cups.  This item of clothing it is not to be worn as support but rather as a pretty and sexy accessory.

It is warm –so warm that the heat sometimes almost knocks the wind out me.  I am blaming my bra for it.  I want to burn my bra! It is the right fit, but it is so hot here and I feel I should be walking around in a swimsuit.  When I walked back home from the train, it feels like I spread butter under my armpits, (too much info I know..).

Seriously, it is warm and humid and I was walking under a dreadful sun on a shopping street called Orchard Road back from you guessed it, buying fabric.  I decided to go back and buy some stretchable lace to make myself a bralette.  I am not looking for extra support, just a bit of support and some modesty.

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I have made the pattern for the following chest measurements 30″-34″(S), 34″-38″(M), 38″-42″(L), 42-44″(XL).  May not suit women over Cup Size C.

Full Video Tutorial

Materials:

  • 1 to 1.25 yards of  Stretch Lace or a 10″ wide lace band
  • 11mm bra elastic to match your lace
  • 3/8″ elastic  (1/4″ optional) to match your lace
  • bra cups (optional) for added fullness and modesty
  • Bra slider and rings
  • The pattern is downloadable from Craftsy and it is free.

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Body Measurements:

Please use a tape measure and find the size that will suit you.  Place the tape measure close to your body at the fullest part there will be no ease on this pattern due to the elasticity of the lace.

Making the Cups

Sew the cups together using a very small zigzag

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at 3/8″ seam allowance.bralette Trim the seam allowance by half.  Repeat on the other cup.Untitled design(86)

Mark the middle of the cup.Untitled design(92)Line the center seam of the cup with the mark you just made.  Sew the cup to the band using a small zigzag and a 3/8″ seam allowance. This same seam allowance will become a casing for the elastic so sew at exactly 3/8″.Untitled design(93) Cut a strip of normal elastic 3/8″ wide long enough to go along the band.Untitled design(88) Pin and fold the 3/8″ seam allowance on top of the elastic.  Zigzag the edge of the elastic and the edge of the seam allowance together.Untitled design(89) The seam allowance becomes the casing for the elastic and you will not be able to see it.Untitled design(90)

Sew the back of the band using a small zigzag and trim the seam allowance,

Untitled design(91)Sew the back of the band using a zigzag and trim the seam allowance.

Making the Straps of Your Bralette

Cut 2 strips of bra elastic 20″ in lengthUntitled design(94)

Cut 2 small pieces of the bra elastic 1″ in length.  Fold the small piece of elastic and thread a ring through it, pin on the inside of the Bralette band and sew this straps to the back of the Bralette  7″ to 8″ apart.cut 1_ and fold Take the longer strip (20″) of elastic and thread it through the bridge of the slider and sew.  Take the other end of the strap right side down and thread it through the ring already attached to the Bralette.Bralette Take the other end of the strap right side down and thread it through the ring already attached to the Bralette.Untitled design(99) Pass the strap and attach it to the front of the cup.Untitled design(95) Finally, sew the strap to the top of the cup.

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Optional Step:  How to add support and volume to your Bralette:

Sew the molded cups with a small zigzag at the bottom of the lace cup and at the top.Untitled design(105)Untitled design(97)Untitled design(98)

I think this is the perfect way to still have some support and not feel you are gasping for air while wearing a bra due to the unbearable heat.  It is a beautiful piece of lingerie and a great addition to your intimate wardrobe.

For matching, underwear please check out our popular tutorial on how to sew your own lace underwear.

Sew your own lace underwear – tutorial and free pattern

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125 Responses to The Bralette, Perfect Undergarment for Summer

  1. Leah says:

    I am a 36G after loosing some weight and I might be able to pattern test. (I’m a fairly newish sewer).
    I avoided bralettes for a long time because I didn’t think they would offer the support, until recently I bought one and found they were perfect for lounging or sleeping in on warm summer nights or under jammies on colder ones. It’s enough support for that 🙂

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Leah I will send you the list of measurements I need to add you to the tester group. Thank you for offering!

      • Leah says:

        Look forward to it! I think the key is to have a firmer band if that is possible at all. Hoping to take some time off before the end of the year so I can do some sewing.

  2. Carla says:

    little bow missing! 🙁

  3. pol says:

    Reading about this item got me thinking that there must be some help out there for those like me who had a removal due to cancer. I had 5 ops getting more and more finds cut out and in the end they said what with the infection i also got and 13 types of antibiotics and 5 months of this, that i would have to have complete removal and advised me not to go for a rebuild later which was the last thing i wanted looking as i do now. Trying for another replacement “Booby” i was told No until i get a proper bra but here in UK my choice at the best of times for a 50B bra is limited as in i style compared to 99 others available in various sizes, so to try and find bras that have a pocket in my size has been a disaster. The catalogues i was given to order from had 3 and one was like a bodice with shoulders and no means to alter the strap area as i am tall with a longer nape to waist lenght another more bra like was again too short and the 3rd was not fit for a farm cow to wear re style, talk about frumpy. So i have not been back to the hospital as not going to get the help i need with that sort of attitude. I was wondering do you have a pattern shape to that i could possibly sew into my bras to make a pocket or even a pattern to make another booby with that is also light weight and not weighing like a bag of flour. There is a charity here called knitted knockers who have people knitting these and they are padded with filling, but i would like something maybe in a light cotton i could sew and hot wash, well lets say i have one boobie and its cover and if i wash the cover i have to make sure i can get it dry to go out of the house. Just feel that having cancer and then having my nose rubbed in as a punishment. I also had not really realised all this time that i had been using the longer straps to get bras to sit comfy for me rather then lift up onto the breast and this is how lots of waisted dresses fit or princess style as not long enough. Imagine USA treats different sizes kinder then they do here like half sizes in shoes. never buy long sleeves or trousers as always too short for 5’10, and many dresses are about 43 ” long unless maxi style which i have to buy to get below knee fit. Have made many of my own over the years and been individual unlike all the repeats from shops and catalogues being worn. Sorry if a bit long winded, but there is always a story behind questions. Thanks for bearing with me.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Pol, my heart goes out to you! I am going to work on this, until I can find a way to to make a tutorial for bras and dresses that can help you feel more comfortable. You will have to work with me because I do not know anyone with a mastectomy, would you be willing to be a pattern tester?

  4. Heather clark says:

    Hello,

    I have been trying to download the brake tote pattern but must be doing something wrong.
    Can you help?

  5. Viki S says:

    So no pattern for bigger cups? I’m a 44DDD-F. I have some bralette from stores & like them. Is there a way to make tis in my size??

  6. Mia says:

    Cutting the band deeper, flared and on the bias in silk crepe de chine and lining the cups with a scrap of silk makes a beautiful silk camisole that is so fashion forward!

  7. Susan O says:

    I’m excited to try to make my first item of lingerie. Do you have another source for the elastic? The link provided in the pattern does not work.

  8. Peggy Grant says:

    Too bad there’s not pretty undergarments for obese women. The bras today add to the ugliness of weight.

  9. DIANNA S JOHNSON HALL says:

    Thank you!

  10. Fatiha says:

    Good job, keep continue

  11. Bonnie Richardson says:

    Wow! This is fantastic. Just what I was looking for. Can’t wait to make it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Cheryl Masters. says:

    This pattern is so pretty. At the risk of TMI do you think it might fit a 34 long, old age being old age and all? When I was younger I couldn’t even see the tips of my toes. Now, unfortunately, I can almost see the whole foot. I’ve decided gravity is not my friend, but at least it keeps me on this planet. I sent you a question also about a circle skirt that is not for little girls, no zipper, and no math. I’m pretty darned picky, hunh? But I figure it never hurts to ask. I hope you guys have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Thinking of you often. Cheryl

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Welcome back, Cheryl! Mea culpa! Mea culpa! I am living out of a suitcase since February, far from my sewing tools and machine. I haven’t forgotten about your request for the circular skirt. About the bralette, don’t matter how old you are but rather how big, if you are a C cup or less then go for it, any bigger and you will need a bigger cup there need to grade the pattern a couple of sizes up. I think I will need to sit down and draft a pattern for a comfortable bra for the bustier ladies. I will require pattern tester though…

      • Foxxy says:

        volunteer as bustier tester. Due to a protracted illness I’ve gained weight, 40d cups fit, but a 38 is loose while a 36 is often tight and hard to get on/off.
        A bra/bralette pattern I can size down as I loose the weight would be an unbelievable blessing. one that could be worn solo would be fantastic also, be it woven or stretch fabric

  13. Donna says:

    Hi! Is there a way to print the sewing instructions without all the Q&A? I tried and the preview said it was 26 pages and no way to exclude the ads for other things.

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Donna, from a PC, go to the sharing buttons on the left of the screen. Choose the three dots at the bottom to expand the options. Choose “printfriendly”. This will show you a .pdf that you can edit and print. Have fun, Mayra

  14. SUZANNE says:

    Hi there, I just downloaded your bralette pattern and plan to make at least two. Is the lace cup lined with another sheer fabric?
    Did you use lace trip around the top edges of the cup?
    I am an older woman with DD breast. Do you think the lace cups will support?
    Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your lovely pattern.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Susanne, this is not a pattern for support at all. it is suitable for a small D or less. I will think about a style that can be used on larger breasts. Keep tuned, Kind Regards,

      • Aless White says:

        I am also a DD and would LOVE a summer bra (I live in Australia and have been to Singapore several times,so you have my deep sympathy!!). This summer I have really had absolutely enough of wired bras and would LOVE a pattern for around home use. Please please use your designing magic & make one for the larger ladies.

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          Hi Aless, I am happy to design a bra for the well-endowed ladies but I will need your help to test the pattern. If you are interested send me an email to mayra@so-sew-easy.com and I will send you a detail list of measurements I will follow this as a course. On how to draft, fit and make your own wire free bra. I do not wear wires anymore so I totally understand.

          • Elvira says:

            Hi! I named my daughter after you! 😉 Just kidding, but no joke for the part that her name is indeed also Mayra.. <3 I would also love to have this patter for a fuller buste, my European bra size is D95.. Please keep me posted!! Love from Holland!

          • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

            I would be honored if indeed that would be case. I do not know any other Mayras out there, so I am pleased to meet one! Do send me a picture to see the Dutch version :). I will have to work on a sexy version for the bigger bust. Would you like to become a pattern tester?

          • Dea Bridge says:

            Hi Mata, Please consider going up to a G or H cup, as i’m a 36G. I’m in love with the thought of this under a crop top and i’m eager to see your results as your original bralette is gorgeous.

          • Kristen says:

            To adapt for a larger bust, in addition to scaling the cups …up. Could I also line the cups with foam or power mesh?

            I imagine I’d also need to line the band with power mesh as well?

          • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

            HI Kristen, the definition of a bralette is that is a soft easy to wear item that is not for support purposes but rather worn more as an accessory. I would use the power mesh to keep the look soft and sexy.

        • Hailey says:

          I don’t if this is allowed but there is a bra pattern for a soft cup bra called the Watson bra pattern. Think this would be prefect of you used light fabrics. I wear a 34dd and love this pattern

  15. alan says:

    I am going to try making it!

  16. Elaine M says:

    thankyou for pattern. I cannot relate the cup pieces to the bralette pic; like, which is the centre seam side of the cup pieces or the tops and bottoms of the cup pieces. Is the curved edge (showing the different sizes) the centre seam?thankyou–E

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Elaine, have you what the video? The scalloped edge of the lace will be one the sides of the cup. If you are still lost add a picture in your comment so I can help you better, you can use your phone to this.

  17. gianna says:

    are seam allowance including ? if yes what are the seam allowance?

  18. LeAnn says:

    I have made several of these braletts and love them! We live in an area that is hot and humid and I’m an older woman and these are perfect for me! I’m not large busted and these give me just enough support without being too hot. I also sewed these by hand and they are still doing well.

  19. Andrea says:

    I really love this pattern. I hope to make it this summer if I can find the strap fixtures. Thank you so much for making the tutorial and the video. It looks like it would be relatively easy to do. Also, thank you for the many free patterns you offer. I found your patterns on Craftsy a few years ago but did not realize you also had this website with all the help on it. I just found your website a few weeks ago and signed up for your newsletter. Thank you for sharing your patterns and expertise on how to make them.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Andrea, so happy to have you on board. Enjoy the site and thank you for your feedback, it make my job the more enjoyable. If you have a request send if my way. Kind Regards,

  20. Izzy Barlow says:

    I love this and am definitely going to try making it! I was wondering if I could use a different size for the bust and cups? I’m a 32DD, so ideally I’d go with an XS band and a medium cup, would this work?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Izzy, you can try to use the XL cups with the small band, but you need to do a bit of pattern transformation on the band. I will make a quick tuto for this. Stay tuned!

  21. Maryke says:

    Myrna, I have watched your video dozens of time for the brallet and can’t see how you have sewn it to the front cup, did you also put rings there or just sewn the elastic to the cup ? Love the bra, once I get this straight.
    Thank you

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Maryke, Yes, I am not a fan of the video, it was shot and edited by a young girl who does not sew, so a few things are missing in there. Once you sew the two sides of the cup together, you will see there is pick formed at the top of the cup, attach the elastic there. Let me know if you need anything else. Kind Regards, Mayra

  22. Carolyn Checkley says:

    I’ve spent a lot of time online looking at stretch lace for your Bralette pattern which I wish to sew. However, nowhere in your tutorial or pattern instructions do you mention yardage required or that it appears you are using “stretch lace trim” . What is the wdith of the lace and the yardage to make the Bralette?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      The best thing to do is to print the size you are going to make and then decide how much you need according to what material you are using. It will be different if you use lace trim or lace fabric, there are so many possibilities.

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