Bralette Tops are all the rage across online stores -It is a daring but at the same time cute outfit. A very fashionable alternative to the simple t-shirts and tops and modest blouses- steering a little bit out of your comfort zone, but one which can turn you instantly into a fashionista.
There are many types of bralette tops – one with straps, strapless bralettes, lace bralettes, shirred bralettes, halter neck ones. You can wear it with trousers, shorts, skirts, jeans.
Here is a very easy pattern to make a simple bralette yourself
How to make a Braletter top
You can use a stretch velvet to make this bralette. Make a muslin first to see how it fits and make necessary alterations. As it is a figure hugging outfit there will be alterations.
Pattern for the bralette bodice
Cut out the front waistband and the back bodice as per the pattern given below. The first picture is the front waistband (to be cut on fold) and the next one is the back bodice ( the red line is the cutting line) -this too to be cut on fold.
Cut out the pattern pieces.
You also need to cut lining pieces for the top pieces
Make two straps for your bralette- you can cut 1.5 inch wide fabric strips which are 11 inches long (cut on the bias so that they stretch even more) to make the straps – check out the post on making fabric tubes to see how to make this
Mark the darts on the bodice pieces including the lining . Dart width = bust round – waist round divided by 4
The length of the darts should be the measure from just under the bust to the point just under your bust apex.
Sew the darts of the bodice pieces first ( though the picture shows differently – I sew the darts after the bodice was stitched up – but that is not the correct way)
Keep the strap inbetween the bodice piees and stitch along the three edges. Make double anchoring stitches across the strap
After you have prepared the two bodice pieces these are to be joined to the front waistband, slightly overlapping. You will need to pin in place and then stitch
Remember to clip the seam allowance and trim wherever necessary.
Take a piece of fabric 2 inches wide for facing the top edge of the back pieces. Sandwich the other ends of strap between the back piece and the facing and stitch in place. Keep the straps 3.5 inches apart in the middle of the back bodice
Fold the facing to the back of the back piece and using a hand sewing needle nd thread stitch it there in place with tiny hand stitches. Hem the bottom edge of the back piece as well.