How to adjust your bra pattern to fit your hook and eye bra fastener
You’ve bought your sewing pattern and your chosen hook and eye bra fastener is too big (or too small) for your sewing pattern – what do you do? Don’t panic! It’s pretty easy… Grab a pen, some paper and a ruler, this will take you less than 5 minutes.
You’ve traced out your pattern pieces and the back wing pattern piece looks a little bit like this… Before you cut into your lovely fabric, you need to alter your pattern pieces to fit.
Measure the length of the back section where the hook and eye fastener will be attached. Subtract the seam allowance from this number.
Measure how long your hook and eye fastener is and calculate the amount you need to add or subtract.
Some bra sewing patterns do not have a seam allowance along the curved section of the back wing. Generally this depends on the type of elastication that your bra pattern uses, if your bra pattern suggests you use zig zag stitching along this section, you know you will have a seam allowance there. If your bra pattern asks you to sew elastic directly to this section along the curve, you will most likely not have seam allowance here.
Step 3 – Enlarge your pattern piece
Increase the back section by the amount you need including your seam allowance(s) and using a French curve or something similar, draw in a smoothly shaped curve.
Step 4 – Decreasing your pattern piece
You can follow this method to decrease your pattern piece too. Follow the above steps, calculate the difference and reduce the back section accordingly – remember to account for your seam allowances. Draw in a smooth curve with a French curve or something similar.
I am super excited to announce the launch of bra kits to the Elise Patterns website! I have been working super hard on tracking down the best materials to put together in my bra kits. (Honestly, I never knew how time-consuming this process would be!).
As somebody that is super passionate about making lingerie and bras, I’ve always felt a bit let down by what’s available to the home sewer and I really hope to be able to change that.
I don’t want my bras to look cheap or look like they won’t last more than 1 wash. As a home bra maker, I’ve always wanted to be able to make my bras with the same materials that are available to commercial manufacturers and passionately believe that better quality haberdashery and materials should be available for people who want to make their own bras.
I have a couple of different bra kits available. All of the trims/bra findings are in black. You can choose from 5 different coloured laces to match or contrast with the black trimmings. If you don’t fancy the leaf print lace (it is seriously lovely though!) you can opt to buy the kits without lace as well.
I’ve separated the bra kits into two different sizes – one for smaller cup sizes and one for larger cup sizes. What’s the difference? Well, the larger cup size kits have wider elastics and a wider hook and eye fastening at the back because it gives more support. (The sizing is only a suggestion as some people prefer wider elastics/hook and eyes as they can be more comfortable.)
Fancy trying your hand at bra making? Get your kit here. The smaller sized kits are available for order today and the larger cup sized bra kits are available for pre-order today with delivery from next week.
Keep tuned – I’m hoping to announce another new pattern soon…. (this one’s taken a bit longer as I have been having artwork done for it!).