See Ulla Bra structure after minor tweaks to the pattern. This bra is for test purpose and therefore there is no cup cover at all. Sure you can wear it like this as well!
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!
The foam lining pieces are piling up in our stock. They are left overs from our courses and also from our own production.
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.
We have a new category for the products that are not part of our regular stock; bargains, single items and surprises. The name of the category is Something Special.
Today, we added two items in it. A crystal trim by Swarovski and a guipure lace trim.
Enjoy these beauties!
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!
THE BRA MAKING KIT MATERIALS
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
The foam lined bra cup is there for support and shape. Not to mention a good look and feel!
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.
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 you will find, however, detailed instructions of taking measurements and choosing the pattern.