This is the first of a series of posts I'm going to be sharing on the subject of bra making. I've only ever made one bralette and it was a disaster! So these posts will probably be filled with fitting issues, sewing mistakes and links to any tutorials I find as I work my way through a list of bra patterns, starting with sports bras and bralettes and moving on to underwired bras and bikinis. My hope is that they will be useful to anyone else who is thinking of venturing into bra making.
To prevent myself from abandoning projects when they start to go wrong, I'm going to publish a post when I start each bra and update it weekly with my progress. Hopefully this will also remind me to take more progress pictures and notes along the way.
First up is a sports bra...
The first pattern on the list is the Mighty Sports Bra by Evie la Luve. It's available in sizes 2XS-3XL (30-45″ chest measurement). This is a relatively small size range so if you're looking for a similar pattern for a larger chest measurement, I recommend the Simplicity 8339 (or the Simplicity 8560 if you're looking for something more supportive). This pattern is available in sizes 30A-44G and back view A looks very similar to the version I'm making in this post.
My chest measurement is 35″ which makes me a size S for this pattern but I cut out a size M instead because I need to be able to get it over my shoulders to put it on. I bought enough fabric to make a couple of toiles so I can experiment with the fit.
Fabric and Notions
The pattern recommends fabrics with 20-30% stretch such as spandex or scuba. I'm using this floral polyester lycra fabric (flex) from funkifabrics, a plain black scuba from my stash (this is available from most fabric shops) and some black powermesh for the back.
If you're not sure what the stretch percentage of your fabric is, cut out a 10 cm