I know that many of you have thought about sewing your own custom bras because often it can be so hard to find something that fits; or, just for the fun of it! Today I present to you a very talented lady who makes her own bras and is generously going to share how she does it. The bra in the picture above has been made by her, isn't it a beauty? And the one she'll be creating for the tutorial will be even prettier. And Amber assured me that sewing a bra is not as hard as it sounds! This is the first post of the Sew Your Own Bra tutorial which will teach you how to make your own custom bra.
Hi all! My name is Amber and I wanted to thank Eternal Voyageur for inviting me to do a series of guest posts on bra making. I've been sewing for most of my life, and I've sewn stuff from clothes, to toys, to bags to quilts! I've always enjoyed sewing as a hobby and I'm always looking for a new challenge. Last November, I came across the bra fitting community on reddit and I had a revelation; I was wearing the wrong sized bra! I've had a ton of roadblocks and difficulties with finding the the right fit with wire width, cup depth, proper band snugness, the list goes on and on! I participated in a sew a long where I learned the basics of sewing up a bra, and I got hooked on sewing bras. There's nothing wrong with buying bras off the rack but unfortunately, not every bra out there is going to fit breasts perfectly. Sometimes, we have unique sizing situations that can't be addressed without alterations, and it's sometimes harder to make adjustments to a ready to wear bra rather than sew one up from the beginning. I was invited to share my sewing knowledge combined with bra fitting, so here I am! I am going to do my very best to make this as simple and painless as possible; so those of you who will be using a sewing machine for the first time will be able to follow along with the ladies who have been sewing for years.
For this particular tutorial series I will be showing you how to make a 3-piece cup constructed bra, and I will be covering many topics including (but not limited to):
-Basic sewing supplies that are needed, and where to get them.
-Discussing various patterns, where to obtain them, and of course where to shop for your actual supplies.
-Tutorial on how to make adjustments to underwire length.
-Making alterations to the pattern pieces before using them to cut your fabrics.
-How to sew the pieces together, and to troubleshoot some fitting issues.
-Adding Elastics and the final hardware, and making final adjustments to fit.
That's just the beginning; I heavily encourage you to ask questions! I am planning on answering your questions on the most relevant post, so if you don't see your question answered right away, hang tight! I will try my best to answer each and every question to the best of my ability.
So ladies, ask your questions in the comments, and stay tuned for the first part of the tutorial!