Little Sewing Bee Challenge – I Made a Bra!

Can’t quite believe I’ve just made myself a bra, don’t panic though, I’m not going to model it!!

Back on the second episode of the Great British Sewing Bee, contestants had to make a bra, to be honest I wasn’t overly surprised that this came up as there are quite a few appearing on the internet. I knew I didn’t have time that week to buy all the supplies so for my little sewing bee challenge that week I made a camisole.

bra making kitHowever, I did find on line a bra making kit on Etsy (the Bra Shop) so the lace, stretch powermesh, elastics and rings etc were all included for £12.95. It even included a bow for the centre!  I decided it was worth it to have a go. There are four different types of elastic in a bra, so buying a metre here and there would have added up. The only thing not included was clear elastic and I found that on Minerva Crafts website.

The pattern is included in the GBSB book, I was a bit surprised that the sizing was just dress sizes, no cup size or anything else for that matter. I decided to make a size 10, I usually make up a 12, but that correlated better to my usual 34c.

Sewing a braThe pattern calls for stretch lace, the one in the pack wasn’t stretch so I swapped it for one in my stash which was about 6″ wide with a scalloped edge. I found it a bit confusing cutting out as it wasn’t clear which way up to have the pattern design, so I’ve got fleur de lys going in different directions. Next time I’ll know how the pattern goes together!

The actual construction was pretty simple and the instructions are very clear and straightforward. Next time I think I would put the powermesh under the lower band as it does look a bit of a weak spot and possibly the bottom half of the cups to help neaten the seams.

Sewing a braThe hook and eye bands were a bit fiddly to stitch on, I’m pretty sure Patricks beady eye would have noticed that the powermesh isn’t totally in the band inside!

The pack I had didn’t quite have the length of strap elastic the pattern calls for do I used the pico edged one for the little loop at the front.

I’m really pleased with it, the pico edging is just neatly peeping out, I’ve got the scallops pretty symmetrical…and to my utter amazement, it fits beautifully!! It’s so comfortable too…I think I might just be making some more bras sometime soon, just got to make some matching undies, as I do like everything to match!

Sewing a bra

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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7 Responses to Little Sewing Bee Challenge – I Made a Bra!

  1. claire93 says:

    well done you!
    I won’t be trying that as I like under-wiring in my bras to keep things from going too far South lol and this one looks more sexy lingerie than something to wear all day. However, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying GBSB and do looking forward to the semi-finals.

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  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Well done, you ~ it looks marvey!
    Here’s a Canadian site I’ve had bookmarked forever… you might give it some thought. http://www.bramakerssupply.com/site2009/cart/shopdisplaycategories.asp
    (Email me privately if you’d like more info – no affiliation, but I know they’ve got a shop now in the U.S….. 😉)

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi, thanks for the link, just had a quick look at the site, looks really useful, I clicked on the link for Europe and they obviously have a base in Sweden too, I’ve bookmarked it to have a better look next week 🙂

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  3. Sam says:

    Wow Margaret I’m really impressed with the result, this is really professional. Ive been tempted to give bra making a go myself but thought the pattern in the book looked a little flimsy. How long do you reckon it took you?

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  4. Wendy says:

    Well done, it looks great! I can’t make one myself as i don’t think they cater to 34H and i definitely need an underwire!

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