7 Steps To DIY A Lace Bralette

7 Steps To DIY A Lace Bralette

For all those Masochistic craft people.
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"Bralette is truth, truth bralette,— that is all

Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

-Keats, My Coachella Game Is So Strong Bitch


Materials

1. Lace, around 1 yard (note: the finer and less space between the threads, the better. My lace had some giant holes in it and sewing it was an ordeal, ah me!)

2. Backing fabric that will feel comfortable against your skin. I used a cotton T-shirt. Unless you want your nipples slightly visible behind the lace, you smut muffin! YOU FLOOZY!

3. Measuring tape

4. Thread, unless you're Simon and Garfunkel

5. Buttons for a clasp

6. Needle, pins

7. Sewing machine or good fuqin luck m8


Step 1: Measurements

You'll need about two quantitative measurements:

1. The width of the chest below the pectorals, where the bralette will perch. If you normally wear bras and know the number on your bra size, that's the one. (For example, I am a wonderful 34A, meaning the width of my bra strap is 34 inches)

2. The length from your collarbone to underbust (pictured below)

I am looking askance because I am a modest virgin, and you are the Internet


Step 2: Cut Out Fabric

Here are all the pieces you shall need:

With measurements:

A note on cup size: being the aforementioned 34A, I merely need to cut two triangle slices when I make breast cups. However, to accommodate your own unique bosom, you may need to adjust the design, especially the "slope" between the halves of each cup.

(This was made at 3am so don't judge me.)

As you can see, the larger the cup size, the curvier the slope between them becomes. You may need to pin the fabric a few times to make sure it fits. Maybe pierce your nipple while you're at it, IDK.


Measuring the flappy, and leaving about 3" to spare (37" when I needed 34").


I traced out the pattern for my cups here. I added a little foot for where the cup curves under the armpit.

Note: You must be cold and sacrifice newspaper Tom Petty and Mavis Staples on the altar of your hedonistic craft orgy.


Once you have one newspaper pattern, cut out the fabric accordingly, making sure to leave space for hems and for when you really screw the pooch. Flip it over to make a mirror image.


This is me cutting the cotton lining and doing an absolutely punk job.


Eventually, you should have a piece of lace and piece of cotton for each part of the cups.



Step 3: Sew the Cups

Pin the two cup pieces down the middle, sandwiching the lace between the cotton. That way the lace sides will be sewn together after the seam is created.


SEW

(I used straight stitches for all of mine, at a pretty small stitch length.)

FYI: A straight stitch is your standard "- - - - - " stitch, because I'm a damn bore today.

The seam down the middle of each cup should look like this:


Sew two cups, and honk if you like symmetry.


Step 4: Hem the Edges of the Cups

Pin down the edges so they fit the original outline of the shape you need and sew them down on the outward-facing side. I left a very small margin between the stitch and the folded-over edge.

See! It looks passable as something that might eventually become a garment.


I decided I wanted some overlapping action, so I positioned one cup in front of the other, pinned, and sewed.


Step 5: Sew and Attach the Side Straps

This is about what you should have:


Sew the lace overlay to the cotton of the straps and hem them, again with a straight stitch on the outward-facing side.


I attached the side straps to the cups, just folding both back behind the bra where the seam would be and sewing straight down.


I hemmed the base of the bra (here you can see the seams where the cups meet the side straps)



Step 6: Attach the Lacies

I sewed the lil bottom flappy onto the bra, again stitching on the outward-facing side and just pinning the lace behind. If you look closely, you'll see I trimmed the edges of the lace along the inner patterns because it looked prettier than a straight line of lace.


I also decided that the halter straps needed white cotton backing. I thought I would go with two straps, but afterwards sewed them together where they met at the nape of my neck because I didn't want to deal with a knot. Also I added filigree lace to the insides of the cups.


Step 7: Add Buttons and Loops

I used little tubes as the loops; I had some from old napkins but a good tutorial on tubes is here. Long story short, it's a bitch. Plead for death.


Not pictured: I put on the two buttons on the other strap and was done. Praise God.

Cover Image Credit: Personal

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I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

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As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

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I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

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I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

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1. Purple

This was my favorite color, once upon a time. It was also my mom's favorite color. The color purple rarely appears in nature which makes it precious and exquisite. Purple has historically been associated with wealth and royalty but also represents creativity, wisdom, and independence. Given its rarity, seeing something purple makes it special.

2. Green

This is my favorite color now because it represents nature and all that lies in the great outdoors. The color green is everywhere; it represents life and growth. Green is soothing and relaxing while also bringing a sense of hope and adventure. It embodies me in a variety of aspects. I love adventure and am always looking to nature to bring a source of light to my life.

3. Blue

Another great color that can be seen every time you walk out the door and look up at the sky. Although blue usually symbolizes sadness, it also represents trust, stability, and intelligence. It is calming and tranquil in nature. What's better than watching the waves of the ocean?

4. Red

The color of blood and fire; representing both love and anger. Red is powerful and courageous while also being destructive and aggressive. It catches attention quickly and easily to help alert people to danger.

5. Yellow

The color of sunshine and happiness. Yellow represents energy, optimism, and joy. It is spontaneous and unstable while also being bright and attention-grabbing, but only when paired with a darker color.

6. Orange

Orange is a mix of colors rather than standing strong on its own. This color represents warmth and compassion, but it really just helps aid other colors rather than creating a name for itself. Orange reminds me of Halloween and pumpkins, but not much else.

7. Indigo

What even is indigo? This is such an irrelevant color which is why it falls on the end of my list. The only reason I know this color exists is because of ROYGBIV- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Without that, it would be a mystery; there would be no recognition behind the word.

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