Being above a D cup is frustrating when its about bralettes. And it doubles with front closure!
Being above a D cup can be really frustrating when its about bralettes.
Choosing all the beautiful laces shrinks to neverending hunting for enough support.
And all this trouble doubles when you try to make a cute front closure bralette.
The truth is:
Making the front closure bralette that works even for larger breasts is hard.
Your bra needs some structural integrity and foundation to work the way you want.
If you remove a huge amount of fabric from the middle of your bra,
and keep just the bottom band,
it will affect the fit and you will lose the support.
That's why I want to share with you a tutorial about
how to add a front closure to a bralette pattern without losing support
Start with a good fitting bralette pattern that gives you enough support.
I will show you all steps on my made to measure Forme bralette pattern,
but you can use any pattern that meets at the center front over some height.
I will show you step by step tutorial how to make a front closure bralette
using two or more G hooks or front closures
Basic style using two G hooks to bring inner cups together at the bottom and at the top of the center front (left).
Front closure bralette with three G hooks (right). This style will give you more support as well as some interesting detail at the front.
(on the top of the bralette supply list)
G hook or front closure - 2 or 3 pcs
Short straps fitting hooks width - 4 x 3 cm (∼ 1,25 inch) or 6 x 3 cm (∼ 1,25 inch)
Channeling - 2 x 10 cm (∼ 4 inches)
You need to adjust the pattern pieces a bit. You need to remove the width of your front closure from between the cups.
Step 1: Measure the width of the closure (example 15 mm)
Step 2: Divide it by 2 (example 15 mm / 2 = 7,5 mm)
Step 3: Measure this amount from the center front seam line and mark it (7,5 mm)
Step 4: Make a parallel line to the center front seamline going through this point
Step 5: Add 6 mm seam allowance
That's all! It's simple as that.
Sew the whole bralette, as usual, apply the elastics and leave only the center front unfinished.
Grab two (or three) short straps and pin them right sides together on the center front.
You can secure elastics by sewing along the center front edge with a 6mm seam allowance.
Grab the channeling and place it plush side up along the center front edge.
Align the inner edge of the channeling over the seamline
(that means that the width of the channeling will be slightly wider than the seam allowance)
Sew the inner edge of the channeling in place.
Be careful with placing the channeling.
You want to meet the picot elastic, the strap elastic and the channeling at one point creating a nice corner.
Trim off the excess seam allowance.
Fold the channeling under and insert G hooks on strap elastic tails.
Fold strap elastics under as tight as possible.
I recommend G hooks to face down so it doesn't unhook accidentally.
Sew the channeling and the straps in place.
Repeat on the other side.
Use the pins or marks so the straps are in the same position and the whole front looks symmetrical.
And you are done!
You finished a bralette with the front closure that has as much support as the original!
Did you make a bralette using this tutorial?
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