Bra inserts can add even out an uneven bust, improve your bustline in a top or evening gown and even give you confidence. Making your own is a easy and affordable option, whether you need simple push up pads or something more significant to add size and lift to your bust. You may have the materials you need at home already.
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Things you need
- Soft knit fabric
- Non clumping stuffing or polyester quilt batting
- Sewing machine
Determine the desired size and shape for your bra insert. Bra inserts can range from a small push up pad to a light and comfortable full prosthesis. The basic construction of all bra inserts is quite similar and doable with only minimal basic sewing skills.
Choose the right bra. While you may be able to use the same bra inserts for different bras, making them to fit a favorite bra is ideal. You should determine size based on how much padding you intend for your bra insert, but more than a cup size will typically look rather artificial. For push up pads, choose a plunging bra with high sides. Avoid demi cup styles. If you are making a full breast form, you should choose a full coverage bra, preferably with a molded cup for the most natural result.
Gather your materials. Choose soft and absorbent materials since the bra insert will sit against your skin. Cotton knit is ideal, but flannel will also work. Smaller bra inserts can be stuffed with thin and stable layers of quilt batting, but larger ones or breast forms will need non clumping polyester fiberfill. Doll making pellets can be added to this for weight if desired.
Make a simple pattern. Push up pads are typically an elongated oval with pointed ends. Use your chosen bra to help determine the appropriate length and width. A simple breast form can be made of two circles, one darted with a triangular dart. Experiment to find the shape that best fits your bra and body. If you are only making one breast form, aim to create a form that fits the molded cup bra you have chosen and matches your other breast.
Sew any darts, then sew the main pieces right sides together if you are using stuffing. If you plan to use quilt batting, stack a few thin layers and sew as one with one of the fabric pieces. Leave an opening for turning. Turn your bra inserts right side out and try on. Add stuffing if desired or alter the fit to your needs. Sew closed the opening by hand. Hand wash to prevent clumping and lumpiness.