Canada Cups — Going Bralettes

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Sweet 16 Bralette pattern, by Beverly Johnson

When I first met Linda Crawford of Uplift Custom Bras during our First Annual Canada Cups tour, I took to her immediately. She is a fellow aristocat of Crazy Catladyship. Linda practises her bra-craft in Burlington, Ontario. And you know what? I’m thrilled to kitty bits to have her guest posting on my blog today. Read on and get more than the bare facts on bralettes.

Linda, the floor is yours…

Who can wear a bralette?

Let’s face it; we all want to wear a bralette. They can be sassy or sexy, classy or comfy. Whether they are made of lace or bamboo, bralettes are a very popular trend in lingerie.

A bralette is typically an unlined, soft-cupped bra, most often resembling a crop top. Bralettes differ from sports bras in that they are not designed to compress or contain the breasts.

For comfort, it is hard to beat a bralette. By definition, they do not have an underwire – a source of discomfort for many women. Many are made without hook and eye closures, so they are stretchy enough to pull on over your head. Some are constructed using the same techniques used in control top panty hose – so they are knit in the round, using thicker and thinner knitting to provide some support and shape. Some have foam cups as a design feature.

Romy Bralette pattern, by Ohh Lulu

Fabrics used in bralette construction run the range from natural fibres such as silk, bamboo, and cotton to stretch or stable laces, to heavy denier knits.

No wonder everyone wants to wear a bralette!

Bralettes are a great choice for young women just developing breasts. Many are made of stretch material that allows for changing size. There are so many styles available that provide age appropriate coverage, but are also made in attractive colours and prints that make the bralette a great choice for this age group.

Bralettes work best for those with smaller, or self-supporting breasts. Those of us with larger breasts cannot expect a bralette to provide support or shape. It is possible to find them in larger cup size ranges, and if your goal is comfort, then a bralette will definitely provide that for you. They are also a great choice for use as a sleep bra.

Watson Bralette. Pattern designed by Cloth Habit (not Canadian but too pretty not to show), sewn by Michelle’s Creations.

For those of us who love to sew, a bralette is a perfect place to start. There are lots of patterns available, even some free ones, and lots of tutorials to guide you through the construction process. Fitting a bralette is not as difficult as a wired bra. My two favourites are the Watson Bra by Cloth Habit, and the Sweet Sixteen by Bra- Makers Supply. I love the Watson for smaller women. The Sweet Sixteen fits larger sizes, and both sew up easily and beautifully.

The best thing about sewing a bralette is that it is a project that you can start and finish in the same day. You might even get the matching panties done.

Michelle of Little Heart Threads whipped up a Romy and two panties in no time!

Go ahead and give one a try. It’s easier than you think.


About Linda:

I have always loved to sew, and I really love a challenge, so I was the first to sign up when I saw an ad for a bra-making course with Beverly Johnson. To my unbelievable surprise, I was able to sew a really comfortable bra that also happened to look great. The best part was that it made the girls look absolutely fabulous.

I took it to the harshest critics I could find: I tested it out on a few friends and they unanimously agreed — it was the most comfortable bra they had ever worn. Friends told friends and Uplift Custom Bras was born in my sewing studio in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

You can find Linda at:
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Go braless or go bralettes? It’s up to you!

Thank you so much for all this info, Linda. You are welcome to guest post over here any time you want.

Everyone else, please go show Linda some love on her Facebook page.


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PS. Don’t forget there’s a giveaway at the end of the tour. Stick around!

PPS. Check out the Craftsy class just for making bralettes. Lingerie Essentials: Bralettes, by Alison Smith. And if you make a bralette, please do share. We’d love to see it! (Not the actual bralette. A photo will do.)

PPPS. Visit the Canadian Directory of sewing and craft suppliers


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Canada Cups Tour 2017
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Little Heart Threads, Glitter in my Coffee, Michelle’s Creations, Mrs. Weaver’s Finest Unmentionables, Gracious Threads, Élégantine!, That’s Sew Venice, Sprouting Jubejube, Flying by the Seam of my Pants, Filles à Maman


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  1. Linda, I love your post. Thank you for sharing. I love both the Watson and the Sweet Sixteen bralettes too. Both are lovely.

  2. Great post!!! I’ve always loved the look of the Watson, and was happy to hear the Sweet Sixteen came in my size!!!!

  3. Lisa Thibault says:

    Totally makes me want to try a bralette! These are sew beautiful.

  4. These bralettes are trey adorable!

  5. Lynn Green says:

    I have always ‘dismissed’ bralettes for myself due to my size ~ but now I am inspired to give them a try! Thanks for all the good info.

  6. Stephanie Walter says:

    Love these – might try one myself – even though I am a little older than the targeted range

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