How to Design Your Own Sports Bra

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How to Design Your Own Sports Bra
Sports bras should fit snugly and offer support without causing discomfort. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Finding the perfect sports bra can be a tricky endeavour. Sports bras should fit snugly on the bust without squishing or squeezing too tightly. When designing your own sports bra you can pick the fabric, style and sizing options that will fit your body type. Constructing and designing your own sports bra will require careful measurement, planning and examples to create the best possible fit and comfort level.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Sports bra pattern
  • Tracing paper sheets
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Take exact measurements of your upper torso. Measure the bust line first. Place the measuring tape horizontally across the nipple line and around the circumference of your torso. The measuring tape should fit snugly but should not squeeze your body.

  2. 2

    Measure the bra band line, just below your bust. Place the measuring tape just below your bust and measure all the way around the circumference of your bra band.

  3. 3

    Choose a material that is soft, flexible and sturdy to go onto your body. Sports bras should be composed of materials such as a cotton and spandex blend, which keeps the chest in place while also leaving room for movement.

  4. 4

    Modify an existing sports bra pattern to fit your personal needs. Add design elements to an existing pattern, such as resizing the front panel to fit your bust area more comfortably or adding extra material near the neck line to cover up your front portion. Another option in designing your sports bra is to alter the back into a racer back or a fully covered back. Lay the original pattern on a flat surface over a sheet of tracing paper. Trace around the sports bra pattern adding extra material or alterations around the original pattern based on your unique measurements.

  5. 5

    Cut out the newly created pattern from the tracing paper using a pair of scissors. Sew the pattern using the fabric you chose and the measurements which reflect your body.

Tips and warnings

  • Pick fabric which expresses your personal style while also offering support.

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