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How would I create my own bra pattern?

Asked by Kantieta (115 points ) June 14th, 2012

I understand that lingerie creation is actually one of the most complicated aspects of fashion design, due to the curviness of the body and necessity of precise (even where difficult!) measurements. However, I am still wanting to try my hand at this…

Where would you suggest I start, though? I am a crafty person, but have never actually made my own clothing before. I realize this isn’t necessarily the best place to start, but I am a transgender who just started on hormones a while back… And this is a necessity.

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Trillian's avatar

I’d suggest you buy or somehow acquire several and take them apart so you can get a better idea of how they go together.
Welcome to the madhouse.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Welcome to Fluther!

Sewing isn’t too difficult if you have the tools, detailed instructions, and patience. Here is a link to How to Make a Bra. Good luck, and let us know how the project turns out!

dabbler's avatar

Making comfortable (and flat) seams that are going to be against the body and working with stretchy material are both advanced techniques. If you’re new to sewing get a start on some simpler stuff maybe…?

Kantieta's avatar

@Trillian: Unfortunately, the goal here is to avoid having to purchase existing bras. If I did that, I could just find one that fits properly, disassemble it, and create a pattern. I’m looking to construct my own pattern, simply by using measurements and logic. : ) Thanks for the advice though, I may still end up doing exactly that… I’ve noted (via googling) that most people who pose this question are told to just go spend the necessary funds. I have no money… But I have material, thread and needles, and patience. : )

@Pied: Thanks! I will investigate your link immediately! :3

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Welcome, @Kantieta Howard Hughes ( an excellent engineer) designed the under-wire / push-up bra for Jane Russell. How is your engineering?

Kantieta's avatar

@dabbler: Hmm… Just like I said to Trillian… I may indeed have to follow that route, though I’d really like to jump in the pool feet first with no hesitation! ^^ I’ve sewn before, just not clothing.

@Tropical_Willie: While I’ve never taken engineering courses, I did study with my ex-fiance while she did. : ) I understand how to draw blueprints, and translate 3-d wireframe objects… But to be quite honest, I don’t feel this needs to be as complicated as it currently seems. :3… Heh… Seems… Seams… Punny. ^^

Kantieta's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer: Ah… I’ve seen that instructible already. : ) It uses an existing bra… But tell ya what… I’ll just follow along as well as I can, and via experimentation and being very slow/methodical, I’ll trial and error my way to success! Results will be posted some other time.

Thanks everyone! Any further comments or advice on this will still be much appreciated. <3

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@Kantieta The mechanics of prints and 3-D are the recording of the design. I’m talking about torsion, elastic and non-elastic fabric.

bewailknot's avatar

I think the easiest thing for a beginning sewer would be to purchase a pattern, McCalls and Kwik sew both have patterns, other companies probably do, too.. My mom was an advanced seamstress and she would make her own undies but it took a lot of basting, fitting, ripping apart and rebasting before she created a pattern she was happy with.

gailcalled's avatar

@Kantieta: Welcome to fluther. I can’t imagine there are any new ways of designing bras, but I wish you luck. There are some interesting leisure bras that hook in the front and conform to two different shaped breasts, for example. They look as though they aren’t too difficult to design or do variations on. Here

(And you don’t meant that you are a crafty person. “Crafty’” in that sense means “sly, “scheming” or “devious.” You love crafts.)

Kantieta's avatar

@gailcalled: ;3 Don’t worry, I meant it in every sense of the word. Thanks for the link! : ) I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel, I just don’t have money for patterns or a bra which I can deconstruct to build a pattern out of.

@bewailknot: : ) Yeah, I’m thinking this may take some time. But I plan to start on it this weekend, with the help of a friend. I’ll let you know what we come up with!

@Tropical_Willie: Ah ha. : ) Don’t worry, I’m not trying to make the “perfect” bra… And I’ve always been a fan of observational science. I doubt I will get it right on the first try, but Edison didn’t either.

Thanks for everyone’s support! : )

fundevogel's avatar

Hi @Kantieta, welcome to Fluther! Speaking as someone with lots of informal experience with sewing I think you would probably have the most luck trying your hand making a bralette out of jersey fabric. The patterns for that sort of bra are much simpler and will be more forgiving for a novice sewer. Plus the stretchiness will mean it will fit your curves whatever they are.

These sorts of designs seem viable.
prisoner of love bralette
gigi bralette
unlovable bralette
double agent bralette
anthro bralette
tux luxe bralet

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Ponderer983's avatar

I would point you in the direction of my good friend Victoria, but she tells me it’s a secret. Bitch!

But in all seriousness, if you are worried about money, how about going to a thrift store and buying a cheap bra you can take apart. Doesn’t have to be a brand new one. You’re not going to wear it anyway. Or if a friend has an old one that they are about ready to throw out?

Kantieta's avatar

Baha! : )
@fundevogel: Thanks for mentioning bralettes! ^^ I’ve figured what I’ll do!

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/PATTpetitchou.html <—- I may be fresh to sewing, but I have crocheted since I was a young teenager. :3 This looks promising.

@Ponderer983: If it comes right down to it, I’ll just kidnap one from a friend of roughly the same dimensions. >_>... I mean… No wait… I wouldn’t do that… <.<;....

Kantieta's avatar

Oh, and still vaguely on-topic… One side is notably larger than the other side… : (... It’s rather embarassing. I’m hoping that the smaller will catch up with the other as I continue on hormones, but I am afraid that it won’t. ._.;... This is part of why I would like to get into creating my own bras instead of purchasing them. With practice, I can make them precise for myself… And provide a little extra compensation for one side, to even them out, if I need to. : )

bewailknot's avatar

Being at least a little uneven is very normal. Being extremely uneven calls for a little assistance with padding or “cutlets.” I was noticeably uneven as a teen but am almost identical as an adult. Only my Mammographer notices the difference.

gailcalled's avatar

@Kantieta: Why be embarrassed? Those of us who were lucky enough to have had a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy are thrilled to have breasts of different sizes. The stretch jersey leisure or sleep bras work beautifully since they mold to each breast.

They are relatively inexpensive and last for years.

For example, this is $$24, comes in different colors including polka dots and takes care of the inequality of the girls.

(Please, only one emotion per post, I beg you.)

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