Garment Construction: The Bralette

imageFun, easy and fast. Most Bralettes would only take ~2.5 hours to make for newbies from cutting the pattern to trimming off thread ends in the final product.

As a desirous, sexy lingerie item, without the cumbersome restrictive feeling of underwires, it’s an easy item to wear at home under any outfit or alone.

Materials needed:

  • 1 yard long of black lace 3-4 inches wide
  • 1 yard of straps, 2 strap adjusters
  • hook and eye closure for the back,
  • elastic waist band (length to wrap around you below the chest)
  • and 1 yard of satin (7 cm wide)

Sewing Materials needed:

  • Sewing machine with a stretch needle (ability to sew stretchy materials)
  • Black polyester threads
  • Scissor, pattern peices and pins

Step 1: Cutting the Cups

The simplest bralette cups are just 2 repeated quarter circles with the rounded side sewn against each other to create room for the cup shape.

If using a stretch lace, line up the scalloped edge of the fabric to the long straight edge of the fabric, place a fabric weight (as it is much simpler than pinning) and cut 4 of them.

Pattern peices can be found here: CraftsyAP&AS

Step 2: Sewing the cups

Sew the cups (2 peices for each cup) together along the curved edge using a zigzag (1.5mm wide and 2mm long) stitch

Tip: Pin into place first and use the right edge of the presser foot as a seam allowance guide

Then, sew the seam down to one side with the stitch in the middle of the seam (do not need to press them open and sew one of the seams for cup 1 down to the right and cup 2 down to the left).

Trim away any excess fabric beyond the second stitch.

Step 3: Making the elastic band

Measure and cut how much elastic you will need by holding it taut around the area below the bust where it will go.

Then place the cut elastic band and stretch it along the satin to measure how long satin will be needed to cover the band. For ruched look, make sure the satin is at least 40% longer than the elastic band. This will also ensure that there’s fabric covering on the elastic when stretched.

Cut the satin with desired length and 7cm in width (or width of the elastic band doubled + 1 -2 cm for seam allowance.

Fold the satin in two with the good side facing each other and pin it together before stitching it together on the sewing machine (again using the presser foot as the seam allowance guide)

Flip the satin inside out (with the good side facing out) and then put the elastic band in.

Tip: place safety pins along both sides of the elastic band to help you run it through easily and even out the ruching at the end after safety pinning the elastic and the satin together.

Step 4: Stitching the pieces

Find the center of the elastic (pin it) and then place and pin the bottom ends of the two cups onto the center of the elastic, with each cup overlapping the center by about 1 inch (depending on the cup pattern used).

Then using a 3.5mm wide zig zag stitch to stitch the cups to the elastic band.

Step 5: Adding the closure

Try it out again and pin the closures at the back to the elastic band  and Satin then sew them on by running another zig zag stitch across the width of the elastic band.

Step 6: Adding the Straps

Cut the 1 yard strap into 2, then cut about 2 inches from the end of each strap and put the pieces through the circle plastic ring of the adjuster.

Then thread the other two straps through the other two adjusters (look at a pre-made bra t see how) and the other end of the plastic ring.

Then attach the long single stranded straps to the top of the bra and the doubled (1 inch straps connected to the circular ring) to the back. Can measure and try on to determine where to pin the strap connectors on the back.

Finally, zig zag stitch these ends. Make sure the straps are not twisted.

Trim off all hanging threads and you are ready to go!

Additional designs to try out:

Thinner Straps

Thin Neoprene Bralette Top

Circular strap designed

Lined bralette

  • Can probably just sew the center of the cup thread and botton onto one side of the linning (may have to attach by hand stitching for that seam).

Additional DIY ideas:

Neoprene mini-skirt (No hemming or lining required)

Embellished bomber jacket (UpCycling)



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