Tutorial 11: How to make an elegant bralette from old clothes

Tutorial 11: How to make an elegant bralette from old clothes

This week I created an elegant bralette from an old dress I bought from UFF (a second-hand store in Helsinki). I am very pleased to share the result with you:

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If you are interested in the making process, here are my step-by-step tutorial. I hope this can be a good inspiration for you to create your own piece. The process is not difficult, just need your commitment of time and imagination.

Materials:

  • An old lace dress
  • White soft laces
  • Bra strap elastics 1 cm wide
  • Bra bottom band elastic 4cm wide
  • Bra closures 4 cm wide
  • Bra findings
  • Pearls and feathers

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Sewing thread and machine
  • Metal pins
  • Embroidery needles

Here is the one-euro dress I got from the second-hand store. I was not interested in its design plus the size is too big for me, I cut it into pieces.

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I got four pieces of nice white fabrics from this dress, they will be used for making this bralette plus some further projects.

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According to Wendy's tutorial and patterns, I cut out the bralette shapes.

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I got four pieces: 2 from the white plain fabric, and 2 from the lace fabric.

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I also made another copy of 4 pieces as the inner layer of the bralette, this step is optional. Then I pined them together.

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I sewed them with straight stitches using my favourite Janome 525S sewing machine, with around 1 cm seem allowance.

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After those four pieces are attached, I combined them with right side touching and inserted bra strap elastics inside, then pinned them together.

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I sewed them together and turned it over.

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Then I attached the big elastic band with zig-zag stitches.

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And I attached a soft lace on top of the bra.

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Then I hand-sewed several pearls on the piece.

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Almost done!

I attached some white feathers and it is ready!!!

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Thanks for reading this blog post, if you have any question, feel free to leave comments or send me messages on my instagram.

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