Who doesn’t love a cute bra? Make your intimates ten times cuter and comfier by making them yourself; you control the fit and the fabrics!
This adorable wrap around bralette was something a draped right on my dress form, but since it was so simple, I drew up a basic template for it, which you can download below. For some stretchier fabrics or flatter chests, you may be able to forgo the dart, but I found that it makes the fit much nicer.
Fabrics & materials used:
- 1 yard Red Scallop-Edged Re-Embroidered Floral Lace
- 2/3 yard Rag & Bone Gray Power Mesh
- 1.5 yards .125″ Black Elastic
- Spray N Bond Basting Adhesive
- 2 18″ Replacement Bra Straps
- Black Cotton Hook & Eye Tape – 1″
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- Small – Chest: 32-35, Waist: 25-28
- Medium – Chest: 36-39, Waist: 28-31
- Large – Chest: 40-43, Waist: 32-35
- X-Large – Chest: 44-47, Waist: 36-39
1. Begin by adhering the lace to the power mesh with a temporary basting spray. This ensures that your pattern pieces are all cut exactly the same, reducing the risk of bubbles and wrinkles while you sew your bralette together. The Spray N Bond I used went on white, but dried clear and eventually faded away completely. (Side note: I suggest cutting out the general size/shape of the lace and basting that onto the mesh. This way you can line up the scalloped edges when you cut out your pattern for real.)
2. Cut your pattern! I recommend a rotary cutter, but it’s certainly not necessary. Also, be sure to place the bottom edges of your pattern pieces against the scalloped edge of the lace during this step.
3. Sew a dart into the front of each panel, following the dotted lines on the pattern.
4. Attach the front and back panels using French seams. If you’re unfamiliar with how to make these type of seams, first stitch the pieces with wrong sides together before flipping to sew the right sides together. This encases the seam allowance in a clean, bound seam like you can see below.
5. Using a wide zig-zag stitch, sew elastic along the top of your bralette, against the right side of your fabric.
6. Flip and top-stitch, using a zig-zag stitch again.
7. Use a flat-felled seam to attach the straps to the front of the bra.
9. The back of the strap can be tucked behind the bralette. Luckily the strap is adjustable, which makes fitting it a little easier.
10. Zig-zag stitch along the scalloped edge of the lace and carefully cut off the excess mesh along the bottom.
11. The last step is to finish the ends with hook and eye tape. For this I sewed them onto the right side, folded it and then top-stitched, much like I did for the elastic in steps 5 & 6.
The finished product is cute and casual, not to mention beyond comfy! Have you picked out some fabrics to make your own? Tell me which ones you’re using in the comments below!