Recently, I have become obsessed with pretty and comfy underwear. This basically means bralets and lace, especially now summer is around the corner. No-one has time in hot weather for underwire. I’ve imagined, or possibly saw a beautiful, bottle green and black lace bralet, but couldn’t find one in the shops (probably because I did imagine it all in my head). So I decided to make one and share my DIY Lace and Velvet Bralet tutorial for you all to try.
You will need:
- Thin velvet fabric in the colour of your choice
- Lingerie Elastic
- 1 single bra clasp
- Lace in the colour of your choice
- Needle and thread
- Sewing Machine (optional)
- Tailor’s chalk
Lace and Velvet Bralet sew-a-long
Let’s do this.
To start with, I have some handy hints.
- Use zig-zag stitch on all parts of the bralet that you are attaching to elastic. This will be more stable and secure and make your bralet last longer
- Only use straight stitch for attaching your bra clasp. I actually did this part by hand, because it was so fiddly to get everything under the presser foot without fear of sewing through my fingers.
- Draw out the actual pattern for the cups on paper. This way you aren’t damaging your fabric if you measure incorrectly, plus you get to stash the pattern and make more.
Drafting your bralet cups
- Measure the bottom of your breast for the bottom of the cup. This measurement starts by your armpit and ends in the middle of your chest. Mark halfway across.
- Measure from the bottom of your breast (across the nipple) and up to where you would like the top of your bralet to sit. Draw this line straight up through the centre line.
- Connect from the edges of the bottom of the bralet cup to this point.
- Curve the bottom line slightly to account for the fullness of your breast.
- Cut out and fold in half. Make sure that the curved edge is even and trim if needed.
- Pin to your velvet and cut out.
Making your bra band
- Measure around your back under your breasts.
- Subtract 4 inches from this measurement. This makes sure that the band is tight as it accounts for the length of the bra clasp.
- Cut your elastic and fold over the edges. Pin to the bra clasp and make sure that it’s not twisted. Stitch on using a needle and thread, or using a sewing machine (if you are brave enough!)
Attaching the cups to the band
- Take the bra cups. Measure along the top edges of the triangles. Take a length of elastic and cut slightly shorter than this edge while the elastic is un-stretched.
- Attach to the outside edge using zig-zag stitch. Repeat for the other cup.
- Fold the band in half and mark. Take your lace and fold over the cut edge so that the lace sandwiches around the elastic.
- Leaving a 1/2 inch gap either side of the centre mark, pin the edge of the triangle to the band. (so the edge of the triangle hits the mark you’ve made for the gap.) This will leave a 1 inch space between each triangle.
- Attach the whole thing with zig-zag stitch. Make sure you are stretching your elastic as you sew. This will also ruffle the lace.
- Fold the front of the cups so that they cross over at the front. This provides support for your girls. Hand stitch this into place.
- Measure from the top of where you wanted your bralet cup to end to the measurement of your back under your breasts. You may need to get a friend to help at this point. (You can also use a bra that you have already if the cup ends in the same place.
- Cut your elastic while stretched to this measurement.
- Fold over the edge and hand stitch to the top of the bralet cups.
- Turn over your work, and position the straps towards the middle of the bottom band. Sew on securely.
And there you have it. A simple, and pretty DIY Lace and velvet bralet. I’m planning to make many more of these, perhaps in some different fabrics to try them out. Let me know in the comments, or share with me on facebook if you decide to give it a go. I’d love to see it.