Making your own sports bra is a great way to get a custom fit and support for your unique body. Learn how to make your own sports bra with this step-by-step guide.
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In this guide, we’ll show you how to make your own sports bra. Sports bras are an essential piece of workout gear for many women, but they can be expensive. making your own sports bra can save you money and give you a custom-fit garment.
What You’ll Need
In order to make your own sports bra, you will need the following materials:
-1/2 yard of stretchy fabric
-1/2 yard of trim (optional)
-A sewing machine
First, cut your fabric into two pieces. If you are using a pattern, follow the instructions on the pattern. Otherwise, cut two rectangles that are about 12″ by 10″. Next, sew the two pieces of fabric together along the long sides and one of the short sides, leaving a hole on the other short side. Trim any loose threads.
Now, put the bra on and adjust the straps until it fits snugly but is not too tight. Once you have the desired fit, sew the straps in place. Finally, sew up the hole on the side and trim any loose threads. Your sports bra is now complete!
Before you start looking for a pattern or measuring yourself for a commercial bra, it’s important to understand how a sports bra should fit. A well-fitting sports bra will compress your breasts against your chest and hold them there, preventing them from moving up and down or side to side as you run. It should be snug but not too tight, and it shouldn’t pinch or rub anywhere.
If you don’t have a tape measure, use a string or piece of ribbon and measure yourself with it unstretched. Then, measure the string with a ruler to get your numerical measurement.
To measure your bust circumference:
Wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your chest, just under your armpits and above your bust. Make sure the tape is level all the way around and is neither too loose nor too tight.
To measure your band size:
Wrap the tape measure around your chest just under your arms and above your bust. Make sure the tape is level all the way around and is neither too loose nor too tight.
Cutting the Fabric
Start by cutting two rectangles out of your main fabric. The dimensions of the rectangles will depend on the size of your fabric and the size of your bust. A good rule of thumb is to make the rectangles about twice as wide as your bust and about as long as your rib cage. Once you have cut out your rectangles, use a sharpie or fabric pencil to mark where you will need to make your cuts for the straps.
Sewing the Pieces Together
After you have cut out and sewn all your pattern pieces together, it is time to startassembling your sports bra. Pin the front and back center panels together along the side seam. Then, pin the front panel to the side panel along the outer edge. Do the same for the other side. Now you should have all three main panels of your sports bra sewn together.
Adding the Elastic
Adding the elastic is a very important step in this process. You will need to make sure that you add it in the right way so that it will be able to stretch. There are a few different ways that you can do this, but the most common way is to use a zigzag stitch.
Finishing the Edges
Throughout this tutorial, we will be using a basic sports bra pattern. If you do not have a pattern, you can either purchase one or Draft your own. This part of the tutorial will focus on how to finish the edges of your sports bra.
There are many ways to finish the edges of your sports bra. You can use a serger, an overlock stitch, or a zigzag stitch. If you do not have a serger or an overlock stitch, you can use a zigzag stitch to finish the edges of your sports bra.
To finish the edges of your sports bra with a zigzag stitch, set your sewing machine to a medium width zigzag stitch. Start by sewing along the edge of the fabric, making sure to catch both sides of the fabric in the zigzag stitch. Sew slowly and carefully so that the stitches do not become too close together or too far apart.
Once you have sewn along the entire edge of the fabric, trim off any excess thread and turn the fabric right side out. Your sports bra is now finished!
Trying on Your Bra
Most sports bras come in small, medium, and large sizes, with some brands offering extra small and extra-large sizes. To figure out your sports bra size, take a soft measuring tape and wrap it around your chest, just under your armpits and above your bust. Make sure the tape is level all the way around and that you’re not holding your breath or squeezing your chest while you measure. Once you have your number, consult a size chart to determine which sports bra size is best for you.
If you’re between sizes or if one type of bra doesn’t seem to fit quite right, don’t hesitate to try on a few different styles and sizes until you find the perfect fit. It’s also a good idea to try on sports bras in the same size from different brands, as sizing can vary depending on the manufacturer.
Adjusting the Fit
The fit of your sports bra should be snug but comfortable. If you can fit more than two fingers under the band or the straps are falling off your shoulders, it’s time to adjust the fit. Some sports bras have adjustable straps and bands, while others are one size fits all.
To adjust the band, start by loosening the straps. Then hook the band in the tighter setting. If you can still fit more than two fingers under the band, try a smaller size. If the band feels too tight or digs into your skin, try a larger size. Once you’ve found the right size band, tighten the straps until they feel snug but not constricting.
To adjust the straps, start by loosen them completely. Then pull the straps through the back of the bra to make them shorter or lengthen them by pulling them through the front of the bra. Once you’ve found the right length, tighten them until they feel snug but not constricting.
Sports Bra Tips
There are a few things to keep in mind when making your own sports bra. First, you’ll need to choose a fabric that is moisture-wicking and breathable. This will help keep you comfortable and dry during your workout. Second, make sure the bra fits snugly but is not too tight. You should be able to move freely without feeling restricted. Finally, consider adding some adjustable straps for a customized fit.