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5 Quick Tips for Bra – Beginners

Hello my (bra-) sewing friends…

After my last post about changing the bridge and frame of a bra, some of you have contacted me with some questions on how to start your bra-making journey. You can find a general overview here. However, some of you might feel a little overwhelmed which is why I have five quick tips for you for bra-beginners.

Generally I recommend your making process with finding the appropriate pattern, studying its instructions and choosing your size according to the designer’s measurements on the pattern. Then you’ll know exactly what items, fabrics and findings you’ll need.

Wire or no wire 

Depending on what you’re looking for in a bra or bralette you’ll have to decide if you would like a bra with a wire or no wire. Underwired bras have a bad reputation, because people tend to find them uncomfortable and constricting. I find, however, that this es because a lot of women wear the wrong bra size… 


The left pattern has an underwire while the right one does not.

Fullband or partial band

The band is carrying most of the weight in a bra. There are different styles of bands. From full to partial bands. Since partial bands require slightly more precision I recommend that you start with a fullband pattern. 

The left pattern has a partial band while the right one has a full band.


The more seams you have in a cup the bigger is your margin of error. With a lot of pieces you run the risk of confusing pattern pieces and because brafabrics can be flimsy of inprecise seams. So I recommend you start with a two piece cup. Do bear in mind, though, that you’ll have a 2D pattern piece that needs to fit a 3D bust. The bigger your bust the more difficult it’ll be to achieve the perfect fit. If you are on the bigger side this issue will be accentuated, so chose a pattern that has a split bottom cup. 

Choice of Fabric

As a general rule in bramaking (some bralettes might be different) the front needs to be stable and the back needs to be stretchy. Also, choose knitted fabrics for bramaking, since they won’t fray. If you’re desired fabric is stretchy you’ll need to stabilize the front with bra lining. This will lead to more pieces and two to three layers of fabric which can be confusing. So for your first bra, go for a stable knit fabric like duoplex or simplex. Try to avoid making your first bra entirely out of lace even if you’re tempted. You can, however, chose to make your uppercup with a lacy overlay…  (depending on your pattern).

This is the inside of a bra made out of duoplex. As you can see, it’s just one layer of fabric.

Findings for your bramaking project

Findings are relatively cheap and fairly simple. But when you’re just starting out the different types of elastics might be confusing. So it makes sense to buy a complete bramaking kit or (my favourite) a bra findings kit. Remember to add some wires to your purchase, though. 

This is a bra kit I got from Emerald Erin. Everything I need to make a bra is included (wires not pictured). Yes, even though I have ample supplies I still buy kits (they’re so pretty).


I gathered some bra patterns from different designers that are appropriate for first timers. 


You’ll find starter kits on the internet, especially on etsy. Additionally I I have had very good experiences with these sellers. 

Bra kits for first timers

Findings kits

I hope this will help you on your way!


Happy Sewing!


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