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10 Bra Sewing Patterns Customized to Fit You

Store-bought bras are expensive, especially if you’re looking for a high-quality bra that will last a long time. But why spend all that money on a bra when you can sew your own bra to make one that is customized to fit you?

Bra Sewing Patterns

Why spend all that money on a bra when you can use bra sewing patterns to make one that is customized to fit you?

Most of these bra sewing patterns are simple to construct, with just darts and a side seam. Plus, they’re perfect for using up fabric from your stash.

Pick a style you love from these bra sewing patterns and you may never buy a bra in the store again!

Ohhh Lulu 1506 Scarlett Bra Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member OhhhLulu

1. Ohhh Lulu 1506 Scarlet Bra

There are two variations included in this pattern: one with a racerback and another with adjustable straps. Both are pull-on style, so you don’t have to fiddle with hooks when sewing it — or wearing it! Full-color photos are included in the 23 pages of instructions that come with the pattern.

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Elenna Bra Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Toru and Naoko

2. Elenna Bra

This bra can be made out of a variety of fabrics including jersey, sheer or a combination. The designer recommends sewing a sample size to make adjustments before cutting up those precious luxury fabrics.

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Jersey Bra Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member The Tailoress

3. Jersey Bra Pattern

Need a comfy-casual bra? This jersey bra has a pull-on style and only two darts and two side seams. It’s an easy sew, especially if you’ve worked with lingerie elastic before.

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Sassy New Bra Sewing Pattern and Tutorial

Photo via Craftsy instructor Christine Haynes

4. Sassy New Bra

This free tutorial is featured in Craftsy’s FREE Success With Sewing Lingerie printable PDF guide. You’ll get step-by-step instructions for three different pieces of lingerie, including the bra pictured above, panties, and a half slip perfect for wearing under dresses. (Note that if you want to make the bra, you’ll need to purchase the Bambi Soft Bra pattern.)

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Vitality Racerback Tank & Sports Bra Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member PeekaBooPattern

5. Vitality Racerback Tank and Sports Bra

Not all bras can be lacy and elegant. A bra is one of the most important parts of your workout ensemble. This pattern includes a tank with a built-in bra or an option for a sports bra only. Grab the Maternity Add-On Pack if you’re expecting.

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Kimmy Bra Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Muffin Head Pattern Shop

6. Kimmy Bra

This bra is sized for anyone wearing a 30-40 C cup. (Check Muffin Head Pattern Shop for even more size options.This pattern shows you how to make your own straps, and you can choose from a hook or pull-on style. There are also plenty of fabric suggestions from the designer, so you won’t be clueless if it’s your first attempt at sewing lingerie.

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1930's Style Easy French Bra Sewing Pattern

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7. 1930s Style Easy French Bra

If you get lost while making this pattern, you can check out the A Few Threads Loose sew-along that documents each step. Make sure you have a tape measure handy, because you’ll use your own custom measurements to draft a pattern that’s made just for your body.

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Bandeau Bra or Top Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Mixy Mitzy

8. Bandeau Bra

Strapless bra or summer garment? This pattern works as either! The designer also recommends wearing it under sheer clothing on hot days. Many different fabrics will work well for this pattern, from cotton to rayon and even lightweight wool crepe.

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Bra Without Underwire Sewing Pattern

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9. Bra without Underwire

This bra has only three pieces and, according to the designer, can be completed in less than 2 hours. The pattern comes with step-by-step explanations to help you sew even faster. (Psst, there’s even a surprise bonus pattern included with your purchase.)

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Nursing Bra Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Muffin Head Pattern Shop

10. Nursing Bra

This nursing bra pattern is based on the designer’s Kimmy Bra and fits sizes 30-36AA and 30-36A. Four sets of snaps make it easy and convenient for moms to nurse. The pattern does require sewing darts; if you’re new to darts, check out our Secrets to Sewing Darts Perfectly before you get started.

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42 Comments

karen visavati

so cute for the little boobs how about us women that have the biiiiiiiiig balloons that pop out of the top of their bras can you help with that and have tried larger bras and smaller bras no luck with the popovers

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Jennifer Moriarty

None of the bras here look like they would support anything beyond a B or C cup. Try Bra-makers Supply for bra patterns that go way beyond a C cup and are supportive with or without wires. There are other patterns but I haven’t tried them yet. I took both bra-making Craftsy classes and they are great.

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Carolyn Wainscott

my thoughts exactly, with substantial straps and body, have been thinking of making my own for some time

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Jennifer M.

There are other resources in the web and online retailers that sell bra patterns for us well endowed women. For supplies go to http://www.bramaking com or www corsetmaking com. I have been buying corset supplies there for years! Sadly I have bought supplies and patterns to make vras but have not yet. Maybe this winter it can be a project to accomplish…

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Cobylyn

The link bramaking.com is bad, can you repost please? I’m a 34 KK and am tired of my under wires poking through and stabbing me. So would love to make my own bras.

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DeeDee

When I come back in my next life, I will come back with a body that I can make these bras and take these classes. For this life….my boobs are way too big for these tiny bras. Sigh. But they look cute.

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Becky

I really do wish there were more options on here for those of us that need more support. I especially wish that the nursing bra had a larger size range, because the ones I’m currently stuck wearing were starting to go bad before I even had baby #1! (I also doubt there’s too many AA cups while breastfeeding.)

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Colleen

My daughter wears a J size…looking for ideas for a MUCH bigger cup size…need ideas…these are pretty…wonder if they can be resized?

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Gingermajor

I’ve taken the basic bra making class on here and it’s great. Her pattern goes to sizes I didn’t know existed and I’m a “G” myself.

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Gingermajor

The company owned by the woman who teaches the basic bra making class has info for mastectomy bras as well as info for other issues. For the life of me, I’ve drawn a total blank on her name and website.

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Gingermajor

That reply was supposed to go to the comment below. My brain is non functional today.

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Geri

Do you knoiw of any patterns for mastectomy bras. I need s pocketed bra and a CAMI like front to hide my scars.

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Amy Cook

Lots of push up or padded sports bras come with pockets where the pads go. I haven’t had a mastectomy, but I do sometimes put the “chicken cutlets” pads in the and they work great.

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Hazel

I agree with Geri, it would be really useful if bra patterns also came with instructions and pattern piece for adding a pocket for those of us [and there are many] who have had a mastectomy, especially as shop bought bras for us are either frumpy or limited colours.

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Barbara

Many years ago I added pockets on bras for a neighbor by simply pinning, then stitching, two folded, overlapping pieces of very soft jersey knit fabric on the backside. After stitching, I trimmed the edges. She had tried to buy mastectomy bras and because she had tried some on in a store, her scar became horribly infected from bacteria left behind by a previous customer. Chemo wrecks your ability to fight off infection. Find a friend who sews, ladies, and I WISH CRAFTSY WOULD PUBLISH INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS SIMPLE CONVERSION FOR FREE FOR THOSE WHO NEED THEM, AND FOR THOSE WHO COULD DO THIS CONVERSION FOR THEIR FRIENDS! Hint, hint!

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Hazel

Yes Barbara, I have adapted my own [and a friend’s] bras with jersey knit fabric by pinning and trimming, but it would be nice if people who made bra patterns could just think about adding a pocket option. That way we begin to acknowledge that mastectomies affect many women and recognise that despite losing a breast or both breasts, we don’t lose our desire for beautiful lingerie at the same time.

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Amy Cook

How about the nursing bra adaption with no hole in the back layer? The prosthetics could fit between the layers. Maybe the flap wouldn’t open as far?

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Nancy Angelo

Are there bra patterns for plus size people, I we a 42 G? I am not very tall and the ones I can buy have 5 hooks making the bra very uncomfortable.

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Robin

Those bras are nice for flat chests but aren’t those for the same women who can walk into a store and buy anything off the rack? How about some for women who don’t fit the mold for whatever reason – plus size, large cups, special fitting issues (a lumpectomy or mastectomy) and comfort – soft edges that won’t scratch or dig in and ease of closure. Yes, I’m asking for a lot but that’s one of the main reasons I sew – so I can have clothes that fit and both look and feel good.

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katie

Robin,
I have had a lumpectomy and to even out the front [ think striped shirt] I have put a small or trimmed shoulder pad to make the strips look even. Thickest part in the bottom of the bra, gives the body a nice shelf to rest on.

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Elizabeth

When I wore a 30A I had to shop a a little girls store. The only bras had kittens or frogs on them. In bright hold colors. It was mortifying. Now (after nursing five babies) I wear a 30 F. A bra that fits right starts at $70 in store. Add not being able to wear a wire and the options are pretty slim.

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Amy Cook

Unfortunately, my nice, flat chest doesn’t fit anything in the stores b/c my band size is 38-40 due to large back and chest muscles (on purpose.) Those big, wide lats give me a great hourglass look, and the developed pecs give me faux cleavage, but finding 40A bras is darn near impossible. I still need support because mid 40’s skin that has inflated and deflated nursing 3 babies needs more than a scrape of lace laid over the top of it. Plus, hot flashes- I really don’t want tight half-cami sports bras all the time.

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Heather

I’d also like some large sized front closing bras. I seem to have developed a bit of arthritis in my back about where the closure lies, and the little extra pressure from the multi-hook closure hurts after a while. And, I’d like a long line bra pattern in a large size. Otherwise, it’s a diy project, adapting a vintage pattern to modern sizes and materials.

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Accordion3

There are many bra patterns for larger ladies. I use the ones from Bra Makers Supply, and follow Beverly Johnson’s craftsy course. But my youngest is just developing and finding an AA or A cup pattern for a girl has been very difficult. This list is a treasure trove! So far the Kimmy bra is most preferred.

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Cheryl

Yes, these patterns do not seem to be designed for full figured/curvy women. In looking into possibly making my own, I ran across a site (www.cashmerette.com) which has information and links as well as her own designs. Jenny is a real positive person about body image and looking your best no matter your size. Fit and being fit are best.

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Liz

The thing that frustrates me about this article is that there is no comment at the top saying “Here are some underwire free, easy to sew bras that are perfect for lounging around at home but may not be suitable for larger busts.” I feel like articles like this don’t even realise that they are alienating major subsets of your target audience.

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Sarah Slattery

I have to agree with so many people that commented above. Naming an article like this “10 Bra Sewing Patterns Customized to Fit You” leads people to believe that the article will cover a MUCH wider variation than styles that can only fit tiny bustlines. I don’t actually mind that you only had options for small busts, as I know they are much easier to design a fit for. The problem is that the misleading title dragged so many people here to waste their time. If this had been labelled with a more truthful title then you would have still attracted all the people that were interested in stitching bras of these sizes and wouldn’t have frustrated and angered a large amount of people. Craftsy is usually better than this.

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Lee Herring

There is one other type of figure that cannot buy bras in stores. That is the older woman with small breasts. My 90 year old mother has been looking for a bra to fit for about five years. Bra manufacturers seem to believe that if you are wide around (she is 44 or 46) then you must have DD or bigger breasts. She had small breasts when young (cups size A) and now they have little elasticity so any off the shelf bra that goes around is 2/3 empty in the cup. Plus rear closing and over the head have become difficult. So, although the article did not have a solution for all bra sizes it did spark the idea that maybe making a bra is the key. I’d like to see a pattern or a bra with a front closure (maybe Velcro) with the possibility of customization of cup and band size.

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Beryl Dorey

Excellent suggestion. Velcro narrow strips might just do the trick for larger women too.

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Ann

Oh my gosh this is me! Middle age small-medium boobs with no elasticity! Very hard to find bras for this type of boob as manufacturers assume tiny boobs means wearer doesn’t need support and/or wants ‘enhancement’. The most comfortable for me presently is the Bali Double Support (no foam rubber, very supportive straps and band, and relatively cheap), but smallest size is B and I’m more A-and-a-half. So I’m surfing these sites for ideas on modifying bra cups.

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Carol Lewty

Came across this site while looking for tips on making tab top curtains!
But got drawn in because I’ve struggled to find a comfortable never mind ‘pretty’ bra to fit since I’ve needed a mastectomy bra…despite the great help by an online retailer.
to cut a long story short, I have now bought an M & S bra…the only one I can find that fits and is comfy and I put in my own pocket…thanks to a fantastic site that takes you through all the steps to do it.
It is http://mastectomysolutions.com/convert-a-bra.php
I really hope this helps anyone out there… with a sewing machine… get sorted.

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Jo

No pattern is for every size. No matter if it is a bra, skirt, pants or whatever. Imho, for instance, leggings are a no-go area for women like me, size 42 (EUR) and up. If it wouldn’t suit you, then don’t make it. Simple as that.
Why don’t you see this selection as a suggestion? They are easy to sew for beginners en very nice for younger women and teenage girls. None of these bras are suitable for myself, but I know several people I could make these for. My daughter f.i.

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Christianne McCall

I’m not a real woman with a small bust???

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Jane

Ditto. I’m sick of being told I’m not a real woman because I’m slim and flat-chested. How irritating.

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Jaine

technically she said “women with a real bust size”, not “real women”. There is a difference. Lack of nice bras for larger busted women is an issue.

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Erlyne

I’m with Lee. At 76 my whole body has changed from the days of wearing off the rack anything. Bras are impossible; I wore a 38C, broad back, narrow cups if I was lucky. Now it’s a catch as catch can situation. Either stay in the fitting room while someone brings me every possible combination or stay at home without wearing a bra. Neither is a solution! I also need front closures, thanks to OA. Any help at all out there?

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Jennifer

Okay, so I’ve not yet made the bra BUT I found a {{free}} pattern for us large-busted women. The pattern Download is tailored to your individual fit, in EU, UK, US sizing, in English or Romanian and says email support is available if needed. Again, I’m not sure how well it will turn out, but it’s free so why not give it a shot, right? I think it’s pretty awesome she is giving it (and from the looks of it other patterns) away for free 🙂

https://afiatelier.com/allpatterns/maya-bra/#toggle-id-3

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Jennifer

I also wanted to share this link I found. It’s a review of a bunch of very-plus size bras (paid and free patterns). Again, I’ve not made any of the bras so I can’t offer any kind of opinion on the patterns, but I thought I would at least share the info.
http://curvysewingcollective.com/bra-patterns-for-large-busts/

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Elaine Christie

Ironically, the first comment on this section has great advice. The best bra pattern that I have found is Beverley Johnson’s Pin-Up Girls from Bra-making Supplies (www.bramakers.com}. Her blog (Fairy Bra Mother) outlines some of the different ways you can measure yourself to get the best fit and is just a great read. The pattern can be used for foam bras and mastectomy bras if I remember correctly and are discussed in the blog. Don’t know about nursing bras. Having taken an live class from one of her trained instructors, I can attest to the wide range of women and sizes that were successfully fitted in the class from the multi-sized pattern. There is a wide range in sizes from 30A to 42L. I have never had trouble with the underwires and I even play golf in these bras. I haven’t purchased a RTW bra in close to 10 years as a result.

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Lawrene

Beverly Johnson has 6 classes she teaches in Craftsy. The bra class for the basic bra is excellent, and you can get her to answer your questions (although the class has been available for awhile now, so many questions are already answered). She’s going to be teaching live classes in Saskatchewan May 25-June 3, 2017 — check out http://www.saskstitches.ca for more info on the live classes. Craftsy knitting instructor Lucy Neatby will also be teach classes there.

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Mary Erdman

Just FYI for all who have had mastectomies or lumpectomies, there is an organization called Knitted Knockers who supply – at no expense to those who would like them – hand knit, very lightweight, cotton pima yarn which causes no irritation or discomfort to tuck into your bra. They come in various shades of neutral colors and some other soft colors as well! Go to knittedknockers.org for more information! They are available with nipples or not!

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