It has been a LONG while since I’ve posted anything! Sorry guys, it’s been weirdly busy.
I have been DIYing many sports bra tops recently due to my love for pole dance and inability to find exactly what I want from online stores.
Previously, I posted these simple bralet tops:
all of which are unlined and had no padding.
I have further developed these tops with lining, padding and a slightly different backs.
I sadly have not documented all the tops I’ve made, but I figured it was time to post at least one of them.
Here I have taken the pattern from my very first Neoprene bralet where the pattern was drawn from an existing sports bra. By doing this, you will have a pattern you can use over and over! I have altered it so that I only have to cut out one piece for the body and pieces for the straps.
Stoff og Stil has brought in many new neoprene fabrics and are starting to bring in sports fabrics too so I’ve been a busy little bee!
- main fabric – neoprene or thick stretch fabric
- lining fabric – I used a thin stretch dance fabric
- padding – can be bought on ebay if you can’t find it at your local fabric store
- sewing machine – no need for an overlocker/serger 😉
- other bits and bobs – thread, pins, ruler, marking chalk and sisccors
When choosing fabric, you have to pick something stretch and try to pick out something thicker, it makes construction way easier 😉
- Make pattern. Use an existing sports bra or stretch crop top. Outline it and add 1cm for allowance. Make it a little bigger rather than smaller so that you can make adjustments later. I would make a test piece with cheaer fabric first to make sure the pattern is exactly as you like it.
- Outline and cut out pattern from main fabric and lining. Also cut out straps for main fabric.
- Close up the backs of the main body and the lining individually.
- Make straps. Fold each strap piece in half (right sides facing each other) and sew in place using the zigzag stitch or serger.
- Turn the straps right side out and zigzag stitch along the seam edge for a cleaner look.
- Attach straps to main fabric in the correct locations. You might have to try this a few times before getting it in the correct location on the back.
- Place main fabric and lining right sides facing each other, pin and sew along all edges except the bottom. This can be done in a regular straight stitch.
- Turn piece right side out and insert padding.
- Hand sew padding in place to the lining fabric. This step is optional. But it is recommended as the padding tends to move around after washing.
- Fold the bottom of the top one inwards(main fabric and lining together) and hem using the zigzag stitch
If you’re wondering where to get ideas for tops or bras like these, generally looking online is a good place to start. I would usually have a look on big sites that sell multiple brands like Asos or Revolve. Looking through the swimwear, activewear and lingerie sections are pretty good bets. Some lovely designers to scroll through are, Acacia Swimwear, Frankie Bikinis, Koral Activewaer, Mink Pink, Pacific Driftwood, Nanette Lapore, Tavik Swimwear