DIY LACE BRALETTE

Now that the polar vortex is whispering its arrival, nothing feels better than hiding behind a chunky sweater. However, with all of the layers to protect us from the chill (its snowing in Chicago already), sometimes I can't help but feel shapeless and bummy. Recently, I have been wearing bralettes as a way to feel feminine and sexy behind big knits and layers. With my addiction to Pinterest, I came across a simple DIY bralette tutorial by

Project 22

 and decided to try it out and share here on the blog. 

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Material Needed: Lace Material / Garment rolling blade / Bra straps / White color pencil / Elastic / Sewing pins / Bra Clasps /Black Thread / Sewing Needle / 

Bra Pattern

 / Sewing machine (optional) 

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Pin the pattern onto the lace material. It might be tricky to find nice lace material that doesn't stretch so, I recommend using material from a blouse or in this case an old skirt.  Make sure to add 1 inch seam allowance around the pattern. 

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Don't forget to flip the pattern for the right cup.  After cutting out the fabric with a garment blade the pieces should look like this. Since I wanted the design to focus on the bottom of the bust for this bralette, I had cut off the trim. However, after trial and error, I realized its better to leave the decorative trim so the thread won't start to fray. 

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Sew along the curved edges. To measure the elastic band, wrap the band around the bottom of your bust and use the white pencil to mark the measurements. For a more accurate measurement, use a measuring band. Based on personal preference, you can have the cups overlap or apart. I think there's something seductive (almost la perla like) with separated cups, so I opted for that design. Use a single stitch to secure the cups onto the elastic band first. Once you are certain that you have them in the correct (balanced) location then use a zig-zag stitch.  This will keep the cups secured during wear and stretching. 

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Add bra clasps to the end of the elastic band.  Try the bralette to test the fitting and placement of the clasp before thoroughly sewing the clasps on. 

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From the left over material, cut about 2 inches from the trim. The width of the trim is up to you. After trying it on, I like how the trim looked when it was aligned with the cups, however the trim continuing on the sides looks great as well. 

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Finally sew the bra straps on about 2 to 2.5 inches away from the bra clasps (adjust to your own preference). 

I wish I could show you a picture wearing this lace bralette, it looks so hot on! 

Have fun making this bralette and I hope you feel great wearing it!