Wednesday, February 6, 2013

More bra making

I'm still in the throes of bra-making and I do mean in I want to throw it out of the window! I'm currently working on Elan 530.

The issue I'm having is the channeling for the underwire. I've figured out that the channeling should be no more than 1/2" longer than the underwire. The channeling is not long enough to sew in place smoothly. I'm sure there shouldn't be gathering in the cups! I've tried stay-stitching and easing. I think I'm out of idea. I've re-cut the cups a couple of times with the same results. I'm not giving up but my patience is wearing a little thin!


  1. I stitched my channeling over cup and band seam, with second row of stitching being on the band. Did not cut channeling until stitched first row. RTW bras have channeling about half inch longer than wire but also have about quarter inch each end where stitching closes channeling. Measure your wire against placement position, may have too small wire?

  2. I don't cut my channeling until I sew the first row of stitching (like Shelia) that method seems to work best for me. I'm taking a break from bra sewing. I will begin sewing bras again later this year but I need to develop a TNT pattern for blouses and pants for now. Good luck with your sewing.

  3. Sewing blouses are common in m area. Women come to Tailor & give their size measurement. Tailors provide the blouses within 2 or 3 days. Women feel shy if the tailor is male so that they search for female tailor. But female tailors are not available. Different types of sewing machines are used for sewing. The machine may be automated or manual.

  4. I don't have any advice for you but I want to encourage you to stick with it and figure out a solution. Bra making is simply to fussy for me to tackle, at least at this point in my life. But I know some sewists love to make bras. I hope you get some satisfaction with this project soon!

  5. Hang in there! I'm not interested in sewing my under garments yet, but know that if you've gone this far, you can definitely find a way to complete it! I can't wait to see it either way.

  6. Maybe my tutorial at will help?

    There is also a recent sew-along here:

    Hope this helps!