Saturday, May 12, 2018

Boylston Bra

I finally dove in to bra-making and I was surprised to learn it's really not that hard!  The most intimidating part for me was just getting started.  

My initial hesitation was that I didn't know where to begin buying the supplies.  I've sewn enough garments that I can find my way around most patterns and fabrics, but bra-making is so completely new to me that I felt lost by the supplies list.  This led to procrastination.  I would surf the internet to fabrics and then get up and walk away from the computer because I just didn't know what to pick.  

I chose as my first pattern the Boylston Bra by Orange Lingerie.  Thankfully, Tailor Made offers bra kits and I decided to go with one instead of trying to find all of the elastics and fabrics on my own.  That was a great decision and one I would recommend to everyone who is just starting out.  The whole shebang shows up in a bag and you're ready to go.

I also invested in the Craftsy course titled Sewing Bras: Construction and Fit with Beverly Johnson.  That was another great decision.  She patiently walked me through every step of the process and made sewing the pattern seem extra easy.  I liked her so much I bought the next class in her series titled Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace and Beyond.  I noticed that she also offers kits through her store.  

(This is my practice bra so the underwires in the center aren't bartacked down yet.)

When I was midway through I realized that I was sewing with lace which I've not sewn with before.  Not only was I sewing a bra for the first time, but I was sewing with lace for the first time.  If  I had it to do over again I think I might pick a different fabric than lace to start with, although I don't have major regrets there.  

I enjoyed the process of making this and I believe I'll make more in the future.  I think the thing that made it worthwhile to me is it's a completely new skill set for me and therefore felt exciting and challenging.  I love learning new things and I'm sure that's part of the excitement of sewing for others as well.  

If you've considered making a bra, I encourage you to jump right in.  It's really not that hard.  Seriously.  It's NOT that hard.  


  1. That's AMAZING! Congratulations on making your first bra! I have not wanted to delve into this area of sewing, but you never know, lol! Yours looks great!

  2. You are an inspiration! I have started a Marlborough and am now waiting for wires and all the other hardware. I almost threw it in the trash, but you have inspired me to forge ahead.

  3. Good for you! Everybody who is good at bra-making was once a person who didn't know what they were doing. Go for it!