Bralettes for the Heavily Breasted

Hey all, its Nicki from SewUprising again, back with… can you guess?

That’s right, more pictures of my boobs! WOOOO!!

Last month we hacked the Christina sports bra to have a strappy back, while keeping all of the support that those gifted with large jugs need in the day to day. This month I wanted to talk a little bit more about how I utilize my  favorite Phee fabrics to get as much support as possible from all of the bralettes I make.

The secret to good support? It really is very simple, I layer. 

Layer my fabrics that is. The secret to good support is a layer of powernet, sometimes as the bralette lining itself and sometimes in-between the outer fabric and the lining, but I always use it. Always. Sometimes I even use two layers of powernet, one cut on the grain line and one cut against it, to get even more support in my me made bralettes, like in the black bralette above which is a layer of black powernet over a layer of tan powernet. The result? A bralette that keeps my 34H , heavy sweater puppies up all day and in place.

I use the power net in ALL pieces of all of my bralettes. Many patterns suggest only using it in the cups, but I have found using it in the back bands as well really helps eve out the weight of my breasts around my body, so it isn’t all on the straps.
But besides using powernet, There are a few design features I look for in the bralette patterns I choose to use to help me maximize possible support. I make sure to choose bralettes that have a “long-line” option like the Noelle Bralette pictured above which is made from grey circular knit, white stretch lace, and a powernet liner. This allows me to add a hidden, thick elastic under the bust, which helps to keep the bralette in place and stop it from riding up.

I also like to choose patterns that allow me to utilize adjustable straps, like traditional bras have. This is because all elastic stretches over time, especially elastic that is under the stress of holding up heavy breasts all day, and having adjustable straps allows me to tighten them throughout the day and keep the support from lessening over time. 

And there you have it, three simple things to account for when trying to make supportive bralettes! Sewing lingerie is really not as hard as it may look to be and if you haven’t tried it yet I would highly recommend it! Lingerie sewing is rewarding on a whole new level than apparel sewing, especially when you can make such cute things that fit and give you what you need!

Patterns Used: House Morrighan Poppy Bralette and Madelynne Noelle Bralette, Frankie Panties

4 comments

  1. Any tips for adding the thick elastic band to the underbust? 1/4″ less than actual underbust? width of elastic? regular zigzag stitch in place, encased b/w fabric & lining? TIA!

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    • Good questions! The under bust elastic elastic varies greatly, mostly depending on the thickness of the elastic and its stretch percentage. I dont have a set number that I cut it to, instead I just wrap it around my rib cage until it feels right and cut where they over lap. Most of the time I slip the elastic in between the outside and lining fabric (like would be done in a waistband) but it also works to attach it to the seam allowance where the under bust band attaches, whatever is easiest and feels the best for you is what you should go with!

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  2. I wish i could agree with the easy drew ,but I have a 42dd/100 e and I use powernet and laminat .My problem are the straps …I hope that I get a resolution to solve my Problems soon

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