Bra-making Class 3, Part 2, By Pauline from Australia
On your old bra, mark the grain lines with a permanent pen where the back of the bra is sewn to the cups. Mark all the places where you will need to match up the pieces later on. These marks help you to reconstruct the bra, even if you don't make one for months after (as memory joggers).
With the underwires still in the bra (if it has them), trace the edges of the T piece (front connector between the cups), curving around where it fits into the cup. When I did my bra the front piece was badly ripped, so I put it back together as best I could. It is only a small block between the cups. Double-check this tracing, both before and after you cut it out, by holding it up to the original bra.
Now take the wires out, and cut carefully around the cup seam of one cup. We are now going to use just this one cup, and we leave the other one intact. Cut along all the seams of the one cup. Be accurate here until you have one side of the bra in pieces. You will probably have an upper cup, a lower cup, a back/frame/T piece or a little block that separates the cup.
Now clip through the elastic of the other half of the bra, to help it lie flat. Just cut to the edge of the elastic (my bra nearly fell apart at this stage!), and cut off the hook and eye piece at the back as well. grain lines, match point for upper/lower cups/strap point on back, where front piece joins the cups. Put the fairly intact half of the bra into a ziploc bag, as you may need it later for reference.
Now cut out and make your bra, looking at how the RTW one was put together. If you have previously made a bra, this will be easier to figure out than if you haven't. You should choose similar fabrics and have the stretch running in the same direction. My gal wanted a smooth bra with no lace this time, so I cut the satin Lycra so it didn't stretch as much. Here's her finished bra:
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