Inspired to have a go at making a hand-made bra?
Although I’ve only ever sewn 2 bras in my professional sewing life, I have bought countless supplies for bras and lingerie in my career as a costumier. As these are rather specialist supplier, I thought I’d share some with you!
Heres’ my second bra, shame it was a pattern test, there’s no way this is gonna fit me!
Ok if this is your first ever bra, then why not make your life easy and buy a kit. Buying a kit means you’ll have all the findings you need, PLUS they will all be colour co-ordinated, which can save hours searching all different sites getting the correct bits to match the fabrics of your choice.
Elastics and bra findings
If you’re not going the kit route, you’ll need to source all the elastics and findings etc for your bra, and either choose a contrast, a colour that matches your lace, or have a go at dying the stuff to match.
All of the previously linked companies supply stretch lace for bra making.
My red and black lace was purchased in Pitt trading in sydney, along with all the supplies I needed and it was considerably cheaper than here in the uk, so def worth looking at them despite shipping costs/delivery time
If you need a bit more support you’ll need to look at an under-wired style, this Marlborough bra is on my to do list ( she also has another pattern too) and this kwik sew pattern gets good reviews if you can track down a copy!
There are too many patterns out there to list, so happy hunting!
Books and other resources.
There are a couple of great books that might help you get started, and I’ll be reviewing this one later in the week.
Or take a look at this book