The bralette, perfect undergarment for summer

braletteIt 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.

bralette

I have made the pattern for the following chest measurements 30″-34″(S), 34″-38″(M), 38″-42″(L), 42-44″(XL).

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Materials:

  • Stretch Lace
  • 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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110 Responses to The bralette, perfect undergarment for summer

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

    Here's my pic:

    • 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

  4. alan says:

    I am going to try making it!

  5. 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.

  6. gianna says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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,

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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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