Bra making - how to DIY your own pattern pt 3
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By now you have taken your bra apart and spent your time making an accurate pattern. So now it’s all about collecting everything you need to start sewing your bra.

Based on the bra I took apart here is what I need

Foam – I chose one that is about 4mm thick, the same as the bra I took apart
Decorative lace trim
Exterior fabric
Underwire casing
Contrast fabric – this could also be the same as the exterior fabric
Bra strap elastic
Rings – I find metal ones last longer and if you are putting your bras into the washing machine/dryer then I’ve found metal ones last much longer
Bra sliders – again I prefer metal but then can also be plastic
Powermesh –  on this bra it’s powermesh but I have other bras that have a soft mesh, polyester spandex. If you can’t get exactly like the bra you took apart then be aware of the amount of stretch (or lack thereof) that you are adding to your bra.
Decorative bow
Decorative ribbon
At the bridge on this bra there is an exterior fabric and then the inner fabric is a non stretch fabric
Hook and Eyes
Mesh cover on internal cup seams. This one has a line of mesh but other styles I have use an incredibly soft satin ribbon. I’m thinking of going with the ribbon just because I already have some and it’s one less item to buy.
Lingerie elastic

In addition you will need thread, machine needles, a machine that can do straight stitch and zig zag and a large cup of tea or coffee to help you out during the assembly.

Now I know this looks like a huge amount of stuff but if your original bra is in pretty good condition there is a whole bunch of stuff you can recycle from the original bra. The underwires, even the underwire casing if you were careful during the unpicking stage. Hook and eyes can be reused (and dyed if necessary), sliders and rings can be re used multiple times (another good reason to go metal and not plastic). Even the decorative bow can be re used.

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