Picture of Patternmaking tips for Bras
some patternmaking & sewing suggestions to help guide you through your first underwire experience

Step 1: Breast basics

Picture of breast basics
before getting started, it is useful to review some basic breast physiology. you may have your own method for brushing up on this, but to aid in your research at home, here are one or two facts:
+each breast is 90% water, can weigh 200/800 gms, sits on the chest wall between the 2nd and 6th rib,

+statistically, left breasts are often slightly larger than right ones, (up to 2 cup sizes!) though i encourage anyone to challenge this by submitting your own research on the topic.

+breasts have no internal support structure and rely almost totally on skin tension for their shape. this is where the bra comes in.
1-40 of 51Next »
TangLongL16 days ago
TangLongL16 days ago
TangLongL16 days ago
zzhappy3 years ago
Great.That is amazing.I like this Bras.
deneicer14 years ago

Here is the page for the free bra pattern! It is on the Burda site...and you might have to read in the comments to figure out which pattern size you will need!

I wear a 34GG and I had to get pattern #5. I will have to alter it a bit down from the 36....but is pretty darn close!

I am excited to give it a try soon!

I will probably start some personal sewing after my daughter gets back to school from holiday.

Hope you all post great pics!
go to amazon/books/ hobbies and crafts/sewing. and type in underwear. there are a lot of them. I tried to post a link but it didn't show up as a link.
JenXer4 years ago
"here is a picture of an ineffective underband." LOL!! :D
you are great.
neffk4 years ago
Looks like good information but I wish I could find a set of patterns that had various sizes. Reverse engineering every piece of clothing I want to make takes a lot of time.
very helpful, thanks millons
fineline9 years ago
Great information - thank you for sharing ! Now lets see if I can make a 36G.
nehmah fineline6 years ago
good morning fineline; If you goto: www.burdastyle.com and check out the "free patterns" member fiefje has posted bra patterns and basic directions. There are, at last count, three styles, and I lost count of how many individual sizes. But, G was one of them. You do have to register to download patterns. It is still free, and not full of spam. Cordially, Nehmah
hi I couldnt seem to find the pattern could you post a link? thanks Stephanie
Hi Stephanie, I'll try but am lousy at linkage. There are two sites to cover. About both, you must be registered to download any pattern. It's free and the spam was minimal. Also, at the "old" site, the Sept.closing date is for real. If you want any of the free patterns best to download now. Many of these never made it to the new beta site. Here they are: http://old.burdastyle.com/patterns?filter=115&mostrecent and http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/green-and-blue-lace-lingerie-set-5 for the others, change number from 1 to 6. Now, let's see if I got it right. Cordially, Nehmah
nehmah nehmah6 years ago
The second link to the new site may not work, due to registration restrictions. If you goto: http://www.burdastyle.com you get there, (on my username(?) oh well, as long as you get there. I hope that you find the site(s) they are useful. Cordially, Nehmah
nehmah nehmah5 years ago
NOTE: The "old.burdastyle.com" will be unavailable after September 30, 2009. If you want to download any of these patterns, get them now. They may not all be transferred over to the beta site. There are some super patterns on there that are still free. Cordially, Nehmah
Hi thanks going there now Stephanie
Thank you so much for the information. I have had many years of unfit, overpriced bras...and now I will make me some.
BoxOfAshes6 years ago
Sounds fun!! =]
Jollyrgr8 years ago
Actually the breasts do not rely on skin for support. Breasts are supported by Cooper's Ligaments. Ligaments stretch over time but do not rebound. Hence this will eventually lead to sagging if the breasts are not supported by some other means (i.e. a bra, corset, etc.)
I remembered reading from many places though, that bras actually contribute to sagging...
I'll also note It doesn't really matter if the breasts are supported. The ligaments weaken and stretch naturally, not because the breasts were unsupported, so they'll sag either way. Wearing a braw is more about keeping them shapely now, not so much preventing the sag later.
Breasts are going to sag anyways.. exercise can help but it's like other parts of the female and male anatomy... after a while nature takes its course downward with gravity
Looking for a patternmaker to help get a nursing bra biz up and going! Anyone up for a challenge with exciting possibilites?
akinich6 years ago
the first picture in which the bra and the person is in who is it can you paste more like that
Hey there, would you happend to have, or know where i can find info about underware grading?
karossii6 years ago
Of course every statistic has its exceptions, but my wife's right breast is the one which is larger... about half a cup size, though not quite.
kevinnjanet6 years ago
I need help I have a step daughter that has just gone beyond all things puchasable I cant sew is there anywhere or a maker that can make me a HHH or better bra please email me at kevinnjanethenry@aol.com she needs a bathing suit that hlods her in also I cant do it I cant even make a pattern of her body well too jerry springer she is 16 and I am dad just too well you know any help would be nice even fig leves doest have anything for her anymore would a taylor do this ? I cant find anything in my area at all please help picture this dolly parton without a bra yikes
sonisonali7 years ago
Dear jenna, extremely good information. will be very helpfull for my students.thanks. sonali
bumpus7 years ago
woah thats intresting, the left breast can be bigger than the other...wierd
CARLAELANE7 years ago
I´m pattermaking, I study about bras. Please Can I get the email of who did this? Dou you know some books it. Thanks carlaelane@ig.com.br carlaelane@hotmail.com
CARLAELANE7 years ago
step 4. I love it! Please,Can I get the email of who did this. carlaelane@ig.com.br carlaelane@hotmail.com
Wow, I had no idea one could make bras that look so good! That is amazing. Would you consider doing any um, challenging, custom work? (That sounded dirty - not what I meant) I'd love to hear from you if you have time: india_claire@msn.com -elise
CARLAELANE7 years ago
inquisitive7 years ago
Way to support the girls! I was a certified bra fitter for years {known in some circles as "The Bra Guru"} and really think the information you included on the physiology and engineering of the proper bra really quite superb! One thing I would remind makers is that it is all-too-common for women to wear bands too big and their cups too small. A good fitting can change your life!
Darkshot8 years ago
cool <):D
Delkaetre8 years ago
Very useful... the left/right imbalance in size holds true for me, so if I can make my own bra I can make sure that I've actually got support for both instead of feeling oddly lopsided! Now... to find some way of making a similarly accommodating steel-boned corset...
Austringer8 years ago
Mrs. Austringer wants to know where one can get underwires? I suggested that they could be forged from old box springs but she seems resistant to the idea.
One useful source is old worn-out bras. Any time I throw out a bra, I first cut out the underwires. The metal lasts a lot longer than the fabric!
1-40 of 51Next »