October 25, 2018

DIY: Bralette Set (Part 1)


While looking through Pinterest for inspiration to work on comfortable lounge wear, I came across 'Home with you' bralette set by Free People which I absolutely love. This time I included the sewing patterns for you to use! This pattern can fit sizes from S to L as the side tie closures and adjustable shoulder straps allow flexibility, alternatively you can use the pattern and grade it to your size.


MATERIALS:

 • 3/4 metre of fabric for bodice - I used silk but its not easy to manage as its very slippery, you can also opt for cotton or rayon.
• 4 packs of 12mm 3 yards bias tape for the straps - you can also cut the strips from your fabric
• Two 1cm bra rings
• Two 1cm bra sliders
• Matching thread
• Thread clipper
• Dressmaker pins
• Fabric scissors
• Sewing machine


PREPARATION:

Download the pattern here
PDF size is A4, pattern is 1/4 scale.
1cm seam allowance is included. 



STEPS:
  1. Begin by sewing the front piece, sew the top on the wrong sides of fabric and make sure the right sides face each other
  2. Turn the right sides out, press open the seams before doing an edge stitch along the top
  3. Run a stitch all around the edges to secure both pieces in place
  4. Set a longer stitch length on my machine and run a stitch across the bottom
  5. Pull one of the two threads to gather fabric at the bust area 
  6. Finish the bottom underband edges by sewing them together on the wrong sides
  7. Press open the seams, fold and press 8mm on one edge of the underband 
  8. Place underband along the bust area and make sure the length of gathered piece matches the length of underband
  9. Pin to secure before sewing the underband along the gathers
  10. Tuck the raw seams into the underband, take the other edge that has been iron pressed before, fold and cover the stitch 
  11. Sew right in between and all the way down on the right side, this method is call stitch in the ditch, make sure to catch the underband piece at the back
  12. For the back, sew the top on the wrong sides of fabric, right sides face each other
  13. Turn the right sides out and press open the seams before doing an edge stitch along the top 
  14. Finish the bottom underband edges by sewing them together on the wrong sides
  15. Press open the seams, fold and press 8mm on one edge of the underband
  16. Attach underband to the bottom of back piece
  17. Tuck the raw seams into the underband, take the other edge that has been iron pressed before, fold and cover the stitch using the stitch in the ditch method
  18. For the shoulder straps, I utilised the easiest way by using matching bias tape but you can also cut the strips from actual fabric. 
  19. I couldn’t find double fold bias satin tape in this colour so i joined two single fold bias tapes 
  20. Attach the shoulder strap for the front, my front strap length is 96cm in total including the 40cm for side tie closure
  21. Wrap the bias tape over the raw edges, fold it over and pin the sides in place
  22. Finish the ends of binding by turning the edges inside
  23. Sew on the right side of the bias tape all around, stitch close to the open edge of the bias and this will catch in the underneath of the bias.
  24. Slide the end around the center post of the bra slider and put the bra ring through
  25. Use the end and go back through the slider in the same direction you went before, pull it out and stitch the end down
  26. Do the same for the other side
  27. Attach the shoulder strap for the back and leave about 7cm extra at the top to put the bra ring through later and 40cm at the end for side tie closure
  28. Sew the sides and wrap the bias tape over raw edges and sew on the right side, do the same for the other side
  29. Put the top end through the bra ring and stitch it down
  30. Do it for the other side to complete the bralette



I'll be working on the shorts for the next video, have fun with this tutorial and I'll see you very soon! xx

Video footage by Jessalynne

Love,
Ace

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