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I've spotted bralets and bustiers - cropped and otherwise - all over Topshop, Urban Outfitters, etc. I never could find one that 1) fit me well and 2) was in a print I liked. So I set out to make my own, using a strapless bra. I almost want to call this a "faux" bustier because it's so easy - it's really just fabric wrapped around a strapless bra, in a sense.

I made this top with high-waisted shorts/pants/skirts in mind, so it hits right above my waist. It's up to you how long or short you'd like your top to be.

If you decide to make this, you MUST make sure that you're able to put on (and take off!!) the bra without disconnecting the straps. There aren't any zippers in this project, although you're more than welcome to add one in if you know how to do so, even with the bra involved. This might be a tight squeeze (and you might look a little funny putting it on) but I did it in the interest of making it as simple as possible, and a way to repurpose a bra that you might not use often. 

(EDIT 6/12: Check the comments for an awesome suggestion by rhelm_2: "To make it easier to get off and on, you could do step seven first and instead of sewing all the way up to the top on this step, only sew until the last inch or two. You could leave a little peep-hole type thing by sewing the edges of the bra to the edges of the fabric so you could clasp it together instead of wrestling it on")

Since this doesn't use a pattern, little things will vary for everyone, so here's a general run thorugh of how I did it.  Let me know if you have any questions! xo
 
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rhelm-23 years ago
To make it easier to get off and on, you could do step seven first and instead of sewing all the way up to the top on this step, only sew until the last inch or two. You could leave a little peep-hole type thing by sewing the edges of the bra to the edges of the fabric so you could clasp it together instead of wrestling it on. I love this idea. I'm doing it on my next day off.
kirsten_studsandpearls (author)  rhelm-23 years ago
That's BRILLIANT! I'll indicate in the tutorial to check out your comment, SUCH a good idea. I actually might take a seam ripper to mine and do the peep hole thing. Thanks so much!
1samna7 months ago

Love this......personally, I would use a bra that I don't mind cutting the rib band off about 1 or 2 inches past the armpit...sew the bra band with a zigzag stitch under the armpits...then use extra wide elastic or elastic thread in the bobbin so the back would stretch to let me in without hook & eyes! I may have to make this to show my adaptation.

Perfect! So hard to find these things that fit right and look good.

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Really cute top. If only I had an extra strapless bra that I could shimmy into without undoing the hooks! If I could get my shoulders through it while hooked, I'm pretty sure it would fall right down on me. I'm considering sewing straps onto the top made of the same material as the shirt if I ever get around to making one of these to combat the problem. Thanks for posting this!
p.s. I also meant to say that straps would be a great idea, too.
rhelm-2 above ^ posted a pretty good suggestion about how to get it off an on easier!
JavaLady3 years ago
Nicely done ! I've done this same sort of thing to add an underwire bra to a tankini swim suit top. Yes, a little hard to wiggle into but oh oh sooo worth it.
angelabchua3 years ago
omg. GENIUS. I'm a little "top heavy" and its hard to find a good strapless shirt because the seam never falls in the right place and the fit then looks atrocious. Great idea! And a way to use up some bra's that i don't wear that often.

Lindie3 years ago
Very nice! Pretty print, too!
bgcyclist3 years ago
Showed this to my granddaughter who is 15 and learning to sew. She's going to make it!
Awesome! rhelm-2 (above) posted a really great suggestion about how to get it off an on easier - so I might undo the stitches and do what they suggested, so your granddaughter might want to look at that suggestion too!
Nice idea!
PS: attractive figure:)
nice idea
nice idea.