It is hard to believe that I have been writing about how to make your own beautiful and professional looking lingerie for over 9 years! With so many sewists focused on bra making this month with the “#BRAugust” Instagram photo challenge, I thought it would be helpful to share some my top tips from the archive to help you achieve bra making success!
Your Guide to Bra Making Materials
This is one of our most popular posts and with good reason! I walk you through the materials to make a bra, their properties, qualities and how to shop for them all.
How to Manipulate Bra Making Materials
Because I like fabric variety, I show you how to manipulate fabric so it can be used for bra making. This usually means stabilizing or otherwise beefing up a fabric that would not work well on its own.
Bra making generally requires several materials in addition to just the fabric and that can be confusing for new bra makers. This popular post that explains all the notions and supplies you need to make an underwire bra and, like the posts on materials, I also cover what to look for when shopping for your own supplies.
How to Prepare for a Bra Making Project
Good preparation really helps set you up for success. This post talks about helpful sewing notions including needles and thread as well as good workroom practices.
How to Cut Out your Bra Pattern
In line with preparing for success, this post shows you the most accurate way to cut out your bra pattern. To take this a step further, I also wrote about how to look at print placement in the cutting process.
Never snip those notches when making a bra! This post shows you the right way to mark your project for easy and efficient sewing at the machine.
Correct Construction Every Time
Sometimes it is hard to tell how all those little bra pieces fit together. This post from last week provides an approach to getting everything put together properly. I have been teaching this technique in my bra making workshops and construction errors are nearing zero, so I just had to share!
Machine Stitching Specifications for Bra Making
There is a lot of information in the Orange Lingerie sewing pattern instructions about the machine stitches we prefer to use in the Orange Lingerie studio and earlier this month we boiled it all down into a clear, concise blog post with all the settings and photos of the most commonly used stitches for bra making.
Bra making requires precision to get the proper fit and support. This post tells you how to get the correct seams for your bra making project.
I would love to hear from you, what is your favorite bra making tip?