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FINALLY! A place that has patterns for bras! I am tired of not finding the perfect bra for me. I’m very large breasted. No one seems to take into account that I need support on the SIDES as well as in the front. My straps CONSTANTLY fall down, which I’m guessing is due to not high enough back support. Or something. My “side boobs” always get cut at the middle which makes every bra I own uncomfortable. I’m in the US and this seems to be for non-US sizes. So how do I figure out which pattern to download? Are stretch materials really the best options as I want the bra to be comfortable and not “cut me off”. I find stretchy materials to be itchy. If I make it to mold to my body shape then stretchy shouldn’t be necessary, should it? What would be a good material to use if stretchy isn’t mandatory so that I don’t feel hot under my breasts? I have considered underwire, but I’m not sure how much I need that if I make a bra to hold my breasts up. Any information is going to be extremely useful! Thanks!

I classified myself as novice as I’ve only picked up sewing again recently. I made my own corset from beginning to end, for back support but I put in too long of boning and it pokes me. Now I can’t find it.


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    Jan 26, 2011, 05.41 AMby draguakale

    Hello? Anyone?

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    Jan 26, 2011, 09.08 AMby sewingfan1

    Would help if i could but i have 0 experience of making underwear. I’d have thought you would need some sort of stretch in the fabric or it would feel very restricted. There’s all sorts of different fabrics with stretch in them and not all are itchy – i’ve just made a dress with a cotton fabric with crossways stretch and it’s so soft, I love it.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 09.30 PMby draguakale

    Can you remember what it is? Any help would be appreciated.

    About the sizing, I found out from Simplicity who owns Burda, according to the recording, I just have to use an algebraic equation to make it larger. I have a corset pattern I called about today and I need to make it 150% larger. I’m excited!! The only problem left is this seems to be all European sizes, how do I compare those to US sizes?

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      Jan 27, 2011, 11.08 AMby sewingfan1

      I’m sorry, I bought it from a fabric store and I rarely think to actually ask what fabric I’m getting – I just buy it if I like the feel of it, the colour and the way it drapes. I’d guess it is a cotton polyester mix but couldn’t say for sure.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 10.12 PMby variantvi

    Does the pattern state the bust measurement anywhere?

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    Feb 12, 2012, 11.36 PMby FoxeeRoxee

    Hey there… bras cann be made with simplex, duo plex, jersey knit etc

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    Feb 12, 2012, 11.38 PMby FoxeeRoxee

    I make bras so if you still need info let me know!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 02.37 PMby mickeygirl

    If you can afford it there are certified bra makers that also hold classes for women wanting to sew their own bras that fit. http://www.bramakerssupply.com/site2009/cart/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=106&cat=Professional+Courses that’s in Canada. They also sell a book that has everything about sewing bras.

    Maybe a sewing store near where you live has some lessons.

    Otherwise the fitting part is the most important. There are some instructions online that have you making a bra pattern from a sloper pattern. Such as http://www.pattern-making.com/draft-bra-patternstyle-2-ccup/ Only the back part is needing some stretch in a bra and you can either use a stretch fabric like powernet for the whole back piece or just do the old fashioned 4" of elastic at the back. The rest of the bra could be non-stretch fabric such as satin or cotton.

    Patternschool site is for swimwear and the bra is designed from the underwire used. It is also only for stretch fabric. There is another site for drafting a bra from cup measurements but there is mucho grading to do or a tonne of math. http://foundationsrevealed.com/bra-making/161-bras-determining-your-size

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    Feb 14, 2012, 02.25 AMby jenss-1

    This might interest you – just for informational/inspirational purposes: http://sigridsewingprojects.blogspot.com/2012/02/merckwaerdigh-bhs10-construction-part-1.html Sigrid recently posted some really informative photos of her bra making process. The pattern brand that she uses seems to be a popular Dutch brand. However, I have heard that the same company sells full kits on ebay.

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