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Let's make a bra! I love making my own lingerie, and this is a fun and semi-supportive bra that is super customizable. I made mine out of stretch lace and t-shirt scraps, but you can make it out of anything stretchy that you want!
 
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Step 1: Whatchu Need

You, Bra Creator, need these things:
A sewing machine
Stretchy fabric (jersey, lycra, spandex, even some looser weave cut on the bias will work)
An old bra (optional but extremely helpful)
Elastic (I used picot edged underwear elastic but anything narrow will work, really.)

Step 2: Chopping Things Up

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Time to pull apart your old bra! First, cut the cup off under the underwire channel. Then, cut out the underwires, and save them if you want to put them in your new bra (I chose not to). You can also pull out the little plastic side pieces if you want the sides of your bra to have extra structure and add those to your new one. Finally, cut off the hook and eye tabs, leaving a quarter inch seam allowance, and save for later.
Now it is time to cut your cup into a pattern. If your bra already has seam lines, its easiest to follow those. Mine didn't have any that weren't purely decorative. A balconette bra, which I made, has two pieces: a rainbow-shaped band on top, and a football-shaped bottom piece. Mine was a C cup ad I cut about a 1 1/2 inch rainbow band. It helps to look up pictures of balconette bras in your size and cut your bra the same way. 
Finally, cut the rest up. Cut off one band side and the center connector. 


dkimbril4 months ago

Considering design and texture of fabrics it would be better to design the straps with a lacy material with fabric at the top and bottom to form a hem instead of the cloth material you chose. I say that from a look stand point but whether or not it would wear comfortably i don't know as i don't wear bras :) All i all it was a simple but great tutorial showing of your sewing skills and talent for money saving ideas! 2 thumbs

phenomdesigns (author)  dkimbril4 months ago
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Indeed. BTW, i like the straps hugging close to the shoulders vs in the center between the neck and shoulder as it gives more opportunity to wear other outfits without sacrificing support by wearing a strapless. I look forward to other tutorials you may indeavor.

ninabean471 year ago
These look great! I've been wanting to try making my own undies, I'll have to give your tutorial a try. You can actually buy hook and eye strips for just a couple of bucks, then you won't have to cut up an old bra.

Thanks for the tutorial!
l8nite1 year ago
I was drawn to the skull but couldn't see it in the finished pics until I lightened in paintshop..looks very nice
stncilr l8nite1 year ago
...kinda creepy
That's absolutely awesome - they look great! Might need to give this a go. :D
phenomdesigns (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Thank you! I totally loved your fuzzy ear Instructable. By the way. <3