…and maybe you’re not sure where to start?
I know exactly what that feels like! I’ve been compiling a list of useful sew-a-longs, helpful posts, and websites that sell skivvy-making supplies for a long time. Here are a few things I’d recommend you check out if you’re feeling a little unsure of where to start, what you need, or where to go for supplies.
I want to make a bra, where do I begin?
The amount of notions that go into a bra can be VERY intimidating. The fabrics are different than those you’d typically use in garment sewing, and the language is a bit different. It’s okay! Take a deep breath, and head on over to Cloth Habit’s Bra-making Sew-a-long. Amy takes your hand and walks you through every step of construction, from supply lists to bra pattern hacks. If you’re curious about exactly what you’ll need, and need to do, check out this sew-a-long. It is one of the best resources I’ve found!
Where do I find lingerie sewing patterns? They don’t seem to have any at my local chain store…
9 times out of 10, you are going to have to go online to find a bra pattern. Depending on what you’re looking for, you may even have to order them from another country! Personally, I’ve ordered patterns from both Pin-up-girls and Merckwaerdigh and have found them both to have excellent customer service and fast shipping. A few other companies I haven’t tried are: Elan, Make Bra, and Danglez.
If you’re looking for patterns active wear, slips, pajamas, or swimwear, check out your favorite pattern companies. BurdaStyle and “The big three” have a limited selection of these types of patterns. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, be sure to check out Jalie. Jalie specializes in activewear sewing patterns, and has something for everyone!
And, for free patterns, you can always check out my Sew Free board on pinterest. I have hundreds of links to free patterns there!
Where can I buy supplies?
Dixie’s Big Fat List of Bra Suppliers says it all.
Personally, I have ordered from the Bra Makers Supply and Sew Sassy. Both retailers are great, especially if you can catch them during a sale! I prefer to use Sew Sassy, only because the are in the US and shipping is cheaper for me!
Am I wearing the right size? How do I know?
We’ve all read the statistic that something like 90% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. It’s true. I am OBSESSED with bra fitting (seriously, sometimes Kristin listens to me drone on for hours over dinner), and I wear the wrong size bra. It’s a function of not wanting to admit that I’m a certain size, and not being able to afford the $100 bras that do come in my size. I can tell everyone exactly what is wrong with their bra, but I still have issues with my own. Go figure. That’s why I’m trying to sew my own! And, I promise that I will be taking you on my fitting journey with me!
If you’re happy with your current bra, great! If you find yourself re-adjusting, in pain, or generally regretting that your body ever developed breasts, check out a calculator, read Novita’s guest post, or get a professional fitting (and no, I don’t mean Victoria’s Secret). Or do them all! At the very least, a calculator can give you an idea of where to start in sewing your own bras. It’s really important to keep your mind open, and keep in mind that breasts can change over the years. A size is just a starting point, and just like dress sizes, doesn’t really mean anything unless it fits you right. You may fluctuate from brand to brand, or style to style.
There’s no harm, and you’ll be happy you did! I promise.
Any other questions? PLEASE leave me a comment, and I will do my best to answer.