We offer the complete line of Elan Bra Patterns and Kwik Sew Bra Patterns
What size bra?
Patterns come in all sizes. There are different methods for determining the proper size. The following description is based on "Kwik Sew Method for Sewing Lingerie", copyright 1978.(unfortunately out of print).
- Measure around the body under the bust and add 4" to this measurement. This is approximately the size pattern that you will need. Generally round an odd number up to the next even number.
- To determine the cup size, first measure around the fullest part of the bust. Then measure around the body above the bust. Subtract this measurement from the full bust measurement. Every full inch difference is a cup size. For example, if the difference is 1" choose an A cup. If the difference is 2", choose a B cup; etc.
- This will give you the appropriate pattern size. However, by making your own bra, you can adjust the pattern not only in size, but also to your measurements, e.g. the distance between the breasts. The distance between the bra cups can be altered by adding or subtracting from the center front piece of the pattern.
HINTS WE HAVE GATHERED OVER THE YEARS TO HELP YOU MAKE YOUR BRA.
Making a bra is very easy. Follow the pattern instructions exactly the first time. Do not try to adjust the pattern. If an adjustment is needed, make another bra. You should know what is needed to correct the size for a great fit. It may take sewing your bra two or three times to get the perfect fit. Remember, you try on three or four bras in the department store. Whatever you do, enjoy making your bra. Do not have a nervous breakdown. It's only fabric.
- Fiberfill...Use one layer to give your bra a soft finished look. Doubling the fiberfill will give you more shape and support.
- Matching straps...Cut straps out on the non stretch of the fabric. Use interfacing on the inside to give your strap body.
- Doubling the fabric...to make the cup of your bra will give you a little more support.
- Pre-made straps not long enough...Add a piece of Plush Elastic to the end of the strap.
- Underwires too long...Cut them off at the tips and cover the ends with epoxy glue. This will keep them from poking through the fabric.
- Substitute a Wide Stretch Lace Elastic instead of a nylon lace at the top of the cup. This will hug your body and may be just the right ticket for good fit.
- Can't get a bra back closure to match your fabric color...Use a front closure bra pattern. This allows you to use any stretch fabric available. Suggest our Clear Plastic Front Closures.
- Check our powerknit fabric for making bras.
We offer a complete line of bra making supplies - Front Bra Closures, Bra Back Closures,Bra Rings, Bra Slides, Bra Hooks, Spaghetti Strap Rings & Slides, Nursing Bra Clasps, Plush Elastic, Bra Straps, Clear Bra Straps, Bra Cups, Underwires, Channeling, Separator Wires, Fabric - which are described on other pages. In addition, we have Garter Grips and pre made Garter Straps. We offer all of the Kwik Sew and Elan bra patterns. See Bra Patterns for information on determining the correct bra size and hints on making bras. Our bra findings provide everything you need for making bras or brassieres.