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A bra is a bit more advanced project, but it's not as hard as you might think, and by no means out of the reach of someone with moderate sewing skills. If you're willing to put in a little time on adjusting the pattern, you can end up with a bra that fits you exactly, which all too few commercial ones can do!
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Step 1: Tools and materials

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  • fabric with at least a side-to-side stretch
  • asymmetrical lingerie elastic for edging
  • strap elastic
  • underwires
  • hooks & eyes
  • a little knit interfacing
  • optionally, stretch lace for decoration
  • optionally, ribbon for decorative bows
  • optionally, plastic hardware for adjusting the straps - but I leave this out b/c I can make the straps the exact right length without need for adjustments!

You can buy underwires in some fabric stores or online, but if you have some old bras that need to be tossed out, reclaim the underwires from them first. Do your best to get an underwire of the correct size (hold it up under your breast and check that it fits snugly but without poking into your breast). They can be bent a little bit but they're actually made of flat metal in a U shape, not round wire, so as to hold shape better.
Mauigerbil2 years ago
Could you use push-up pads inside of them? I found push-up pads made for swimsuits at target and figured the concept was the same, but that you would have to put fabric liners on the inside. Thanks! Bras can be SO expensive these days. I saw a single bra at Victoria's Secret going for 60$! As I have a big box full of fabric of all sorts, I can make a bra for about a quarter as the box was $5. On a separate note, I recognize the fabric from your panty tutorial! Stay awesomesauce! 

$60 for a Bra isn't that much or that bad at all for a bra. I'm a man who wears them every day from the age of 14 and I'm 34 now and even i know that. A good quality bra and this in my opinion is still not top of the line I pay between $130. to $200. for a quality bra. Yes Victoria secret yes looks nice and sometimes sexy but the quality just isn't there in this man who where's bra's opinion ;-) pay a little bit more and get a much better quality and beautiful bra.

Great instructable! Can't wait to try making my own bras that fit and are attractive too!

lilly20041 year ago
This is so hard to make but it really helped me to make my own bra thanks

Nice instructable. I might try it.

Phiasmom01 year ago
You did a stellar job. I am bad about taking pics of my work so ppl can follow but this tutorial is amazing! I have been making bras larger for at least 10 years but it was usually me reconstructing. I just had a LARGE reduction and I am only 3 month post op. I have dreamed of a day I could walk in a normal store and buy off the rack but find that may not happen any time soon if at all either. Your tutorial (while I can't use wire yet) is the first one that has given me hope that I can be sexy, have the fit I need, and not be in pain. I wanted to say thank you for posting the tutorial even if I can not use all of it this moment it really has given me inspiration to carry on in my trying to make the right one for me. TY
jtjones731 year ago
Interesting, I had wondered how much effort would go into making a bra, now I know. Thank you.
cat.isabel1 year ago
Amazing, I appreciate the great detail in this instructable! I actually understand ALL of what needs to be done, and what a great quality finished item!
Wonderful! Where did you get that effing cute pirate fabric?!
BettyRed173 years ago
What a genius idea Korlee! Brilliant!
Korlee3 years ago
To make a pattern and not to cut the original, there's a easy way of using masking tape. I made a pare of jeans (I couldn't really lose that my "only" pare, so I had to) like this... Whit something as small as this, it's easy: Tape the desired area (cut the unwanted peaces out) in both peaces and tear it off. You could use it as it is, but I taped it to patter-paper (?). Cut out and compare if the pattern is the same... Alter if needed :)

Very nice and useful instructable!
tvonmute3 years ago
Holy mother of god I have been looking everywhere for this.
dvenable4 years ago
Thanks for this I can wait to get started.
thedeem0n4 years ago
Who's the Model for this bra & the matching panties?!? because I would like her to uh, Marry Me...
Don't be lame. She was kind enough to model for us.
smilet1na5 years ago
so excited to start working on my bra :) thanks for this helpful instructable!
MissChiff5 years ago
I have that same fabric! I've been wondering what to do with it. . .
Thankyou! I've been meaning to try it myself, but it's a little intimidating! Thanks for your steps!
me likey
scouttster5 years ago
Ok, I'll be the 1st to say it.. Nice rack! Pretty good instrutable as well - good job.
knitnzu5 years ago
OMG, this is FABULOUS!!! I spend thousands of dollars every year buying bras in the search for yet one more that will fit well and be comfortable (There's one wacoal that is perfecto for me). I have resorted to keeping a spreadsheet of all the styles I've tried and returned. But this! I will definitely be trying it. I keep saying I need a personal tailor because shopping off the rack makes me feel like a freak of nature. THANKS!
tink12725 years ago
Thank you for this. I am so sick of the plain paddy bras that are out now. This will help make a pretty bra that FITS. I am an in between size, so this is awesome. Thanks so much, I can't wait to get started!
moxiepurple5 years ago
Thank you, you are awesome! I've been wanting to see this process for a while now. I've been wanting to try to make a bra, and am thinking of trying out a flat plastic buckle. Like some of these, link.
kulsum755 years ago
Thanks for such a detail project it really helped me,thanks!!!!!!!!!!
Goodhart5 years ago
This would sure be a help for my wife, who has difficulty finding just the right size
It looks like this info found at this ible would be helpful too.
Okay, spill - how d'you get underlines in image notes?? Oh, fantastic bra btw. :D