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Autumn holidays 17.-25.10.17


We are having autumn holidays from 17th to 25th of October.

During that time, digital patterns are sent as usual, but other orders will be delivered starting from the 26th of October.

Have a beautiful autumn season!

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Make Bra Summer Timetable

We are making holidays! From Midsummer to the end of July we will ship the orders only on Wednesdays. Answering to your emails may slow down a bit as well.

However, digital patterns will be delivered as usual within 24 hours (Mon-Fri).

We still have available places on our courses in Tampere 18.-19.11 and Helsinki 28.-29.10. In other cities courses are full booked, but occasionally single place may become available and we announce it here.

We wish a beautiful, relaxing summer for everyone!


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Foam Lining Pieces Half Price

The foam lining pieces are piling up in our stock. They are left overs from our courses and also from our own production.

Now, we offer them to you for half the original price

This is a good opportunity to buy cheap material for instance for a test bra.

  • The pieces are sold by 100g, which contains material for more than two bras. The price is 3€/100g.
  • Every piece is at least the size of 20 x 25cm (7 7/8″ x 9 7/8″) and edges outside the rectangle may be irregular.
  • Colours are white and black.

    You can find them in Something Special category.

    foam lining pieces

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Make Bra Renewal

We have renewed the whole Make Bra site. All instructions and other how-to material are located on our new learning site. You can, however, reach them via links on this site.

Now, we are adding products on the shop…

Welcome and Thank you for your patience!

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Bra Making Kits Update

Bra making materials may be difficult to choose. Therefore, we have made your life easier and picked up the materials into our Basic Kit for Bra Making and Basic Kit plus ready for your use. In addition to the kit, you only need the underwires.


Now, we have updated the Basic Kit and the Basic Kit PLUS. The picot edge elastic has come back as an edge elastic. It bends nicely along the curve of the bottom edge.

kits bra making materials

Both kits contain enough materials at least for two bras up to size 80DD-95C (BK) and 100F (BK plus). The consumption of the foam is even more flexible. For instance from the foam piece of the Basic Kit you get cups of the pattern DL04 for 6 bras in the smallest size and 2,5 bras in the largest size.

bottom edge elastic under the underwire casing
In the information page we have added instruction how to calculate the height of the band at the lowest part of the cup.

We do want the underwire casing and the bottom edge elastic to be layered as in the picture on the left.

Basic Kit for Bra Making ivory and black
Basic Kit plus ivory, white and black

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At the end of 2015…


We thank all our dear customers and wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year filled with creativity and inspiration!

Make Bra Team

PS. Orders will be shipped normally 21.-23.12 and 28.-30.12 during the holiday season this year.

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Sew Your Own Thigh Highs

Let’s make some playfull, fun and super easy piece of lingerie while waiting for the new bustier and boyshorts patterns and how to videos. It’s so relaxing to sew something not so demanding for a while. In these exemples we have two different kind of stockings; one made of the sheer 4-way stretchy mesh and another made of jersey with elastane. Elastane is important part of the mix, it makes the fabric recover from stretch.

seam stockings

Make Bra Thigh Highs pattern is one size. It’s medium. So, how to determine your size? You can either make a test stocking from the fabric you choose or leave extra width and lenght on the pattern for fitting alterations. In that case you should baste the back seam. The stretch of your fabric affects so much to the pattern fit that it’s better to find out the right size by experimenting.

If you need to alter the size it’s very easy along the center front line and horizontal lines. To increase the size add more space between the pattern pieces and decrease it by overlapping the pieces.

The seam allowances in the pattern are 6mm (1/4″). It’s recommended to sew the seams with a serger. The zigzag stitch is perfect for the upper edge elastic attachment. The fabric must be 4-way stretch and the most stretch is better be crosswise. You can use many different kind of stretchy fabrics for this stocking, from woolen knit to sheer mesh, and everything in between as long as fabric has elasticity enough.


How to hold the stockings up then? If you make a sheer seam stockings with elastic lace cuff, you should use a garter belt in order to keep them in place. Thicker, not so slippery stockings are held up on their own if you make the upper edge stiff enough. In the red-black example there is an elastic tape 2,8cm (1 1/8″) width inside the cuff which keeps the stocking stay up. The fabric not being too slippery helps as well.

This stocking is very comfortable to wear if you put it on right. See the first picture. The back seam reaches the floor, but you don’t stand over the heel seam.
If seams are set correctly, you don’t even feel them. Very comfortable. Enjoy!

Sewing the Thigh Highs

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A Little Foam Lining Story

This post (edited on 27.8.2018) gives you information about the foam lining for sale in Make Bra online store.

The foam lined bra cup is there for support and shape. Not to mention a good look and feel!


Our foam has a subtle mechanical give which makes it very comfortable to wear. At the same time it still makes a good base for whatever cup cover you prefer.

One of the most common misunderstandings is that foam lining acts like a padding. It doesn’t. It doesn’t increase the breast volume. In newly made bra it may seem slightly puffed, but after wearing it for a while, excessive puffiness fades away.

You can still use it as a padding. In that case overlap foam lining pieces in a place where extra padding is needed. Stitch the layers together piece by piece.

Cut and Sew

The foam-lined cup is formed out of one-two-three-or-more pieces. Its task is to move your breast tissue in the desired direction depending on the shape of the cup. To the center, up forward, down. Feel free to make your own improvements and changes to the cup. It’s easy. Use the existing seams or make new ones. Try different adjustments and see the effects. Imagine that it’s a kind of a sculpture.

Join the foam cup parts together with a zigzag or 3-step zigzag. Zigzag seams can be finished with a narrow tape. However, the seams of our foam merge together forming a beautiful, solid cup and therefore it is better to leave the finishing tape off. The lighter the seams are, the smoother the shape and the more invisible the seams will be.

After joining the parts together, the cup may seem to be a bit angular. Don’t worry, because this effect disappears after few hours of wearing the bra. The same miracle happens when you put on a bra that has just been washed – the shape returns quickly. I really love that feature. If angularity bothers you in the first place, you can gently steam iron over the seams through a cotton cloth. Be careful not to flatten the cup! And not to burn your fingers!


The foam lining doesn’t demand any special washing treatments. The same detergent and temperature can be used as you normally use when washing your underwear. After washing, pull the cups into shape when the bra is still wet.

I always wash my bras in a washing machine. That being said, I recommend that you do your laundry in a way that seems the best. I use washing machine because of the bra science: I want to test the materials. Okay, I’m too lazy to wash them by hand. But, please don’t blame me for advising you to wash your lingerie in a washing machine. The fact is that the materials of your underwear tell the rules.

As mentioned before, foam lining is a master of retaining and returning its shape. And it’s not the first one to wear out, neither in use nor in wash.

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The Beginning

If you are looking for a new, fun sewing hobby for yourself, so here it is! Please enjoy!
In make Bra online store you will find lingerie patterns and sewing supplies. There is also sewing instructions available in web pages.
Choosing the right size of the pattern can be a challenge. In Measuring page you will find, however, detailed instructions of taking measurements and choosing the pattern.