Want to know how to make a beautiful lace bra? Here’s a brief guide on how to make one.
This post will cover:
- Making up your bra cups
- Attaching your cups to your bridge
- Sewing the wings to the frame
- Attaching underband elastic
Please note this set of instructions is for a bra with cradle. Don’t know what that is? Well, it looks like the image below. The bridge extends underneath the cups and quite literally ‘frames’ the cups.
Before you start:
Cut out all your fabric pieces as accurately as you can – I’m using the pink bra kit available here.
To give the lace stability, I recommend lining it with a rigid sheer nylon. This is a lightweight, soft to the skin nylon mesh that has little stretch.
Trace or cut out your bra pattern piece – I recommend tracing your pattern onto card as it greatly improves your accuracy when cutting out your fabric. I used lead weights to hold my pattern pieces down, alternatively you can pin it.
Step 1: Make the bra cups
This method of constructing the lace cups is slightly different to some bra sewing patterns out there i.e. it does not have a lace edge. Why does that matter? A lot of bra patterns have an upper cup piece designed to use fabric with a lace edge and therefore do not have any seam allowance included on the top part of the upper cup piece. Therefore, you may need to modify your bra sewing pattern slightly to allow for this. i.e. you will need to add a little bit of extra seam allowance to the top edge of your bra cup. It’s a very simple modification. If you don’t your bridge and cup will not fit. After any modifications, it is always a good idea to double-check your pattern by ‘walking the seam’ or measuring pattern pieces at the seam line to ensure a perfect fit.
Step 2: Attach cups to bridge