Welcome to the sixth post of “The Complete Guide to Bra Making” series. This post contains a list of 25 underwire bra patterns to get you started in bra making.
In general, I stuck with underwire bra patterns that are popular and well-loved by the bra making community. This is so you can find further information in the form of tutorials or blog posts on any of the bra patterns you choose to google. This also means that the Instagram hashtags are populated with photos of completed bra projects by other makers, which should give you plenty of inspiration for your own bra making projects.
Note:Beginner friendly patterns or patterns that have ample instructions or tutorials are designated with “beginner friendly”. Patterns that are free are also indicated.
The lite version will provide you the bare minimum you need to get started in bra making.
The expanded version will provide you with optional tools you can invest in to make the craft of bra making easier.
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That’s it. You can get started with bra making with just the above five tools. If you sew, you probably already have most of the items above.
If you are already along your bra making journey and are looking to invest in further tools to make bra making easier, below is an expanded checklist. I’ve highlighted the items that I think are most useful to have in your bra making tools arsenal in the Helpful Notes section at the end.
I usually don’t serge my lingerie projects, but I do use an industrial serger (also a Juki) from time to time. I’ve also used the Brother 1034D before and quite like it.
Besides the 5 basic tools, what are the other 5 items that you can’t live without?
Here are my picks:
505 Adhesive Spray: This spray will become your best friend. It’s a godsend. Great for basting fabrics together. Some lingerie fabrics are tricky to sew and behave a lot better after you spray baste them.
Duck Bill Scissors: These scissors have a multitude of functions: you can use them to grade a seam, trim a neckline, or reduce bulky seams. For lingerie sewing, you can use it for appliquéing and reducing bulk. The duck bill shape allows you to trim very closely to a seam without cutting the fabric underneath.
28mm Rotary Cutter: Rotary cutters are great for cutting out your bra pattern pieces because they can maneuver tight curves effortlessly. Out of the three sizes (18mm, 28mm and 45mm), the 28mm is my favorite because it can handle a variety of fabric thickness and its size is great for handling curves.
18-in clear ruler: This is an awesome tool to have in your sewing arsenal for all kinds of pattern drafting. I use it to add seam allowances and elastic allowances. It’s also reasonably flexible so you can use it to measure curves as well.
I know some people like to wait until New Years to make resolutions. Well, it’s now February and it’s too late to make resolutions. Which is why I say: forget new years resolutions. If you want to make the commitment to start bra making, you can do that anytime.
Bra making is more accessible than ever. New bra making supplies stores, bra patterns, and bra making classes are cropping up everyday. Every week, there’s an outpour of bra making projects or tutorials or tips being shared on blogs and social media channels. There’s even a podcast that dedicated a month to cover bra making topics. With so many readily available resources, there’s no better time to get started in bra making than now.
Without further ado, here are 10 reasons why you should start bra making today.