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How To Add A Built-in Bra To Clothing?

You’re probably wondering why you need to add a built-in bra to your clothing? But trust me these built-in bras save you from a lot of awkward situations. Built-in bras also just happen to be comfortable. These bras also provide a pleasing silhouette and make you look absolutely breathtaking. In this blog, we’ll demonstrate how to add a built-in bra to your clothing! This technique works great when making athletic wear, swimwear, or just an everyday top with some extra support!  Adding a built-in bra to a top is very helpful when making a tank with spaghetti straps, an open back top, tube top, off-shoulder top or a bathing suit.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Equipment That You Need:

  1. A pair of scissors
  2. Needle and thread
  3. Straight pins
  4. A sewing machine (optional)

Things That You Need:

  1. A will-fitted bra
  2. Two bra cups of your size (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

So basically there are two methods to add a built-in bra to your clothing.

  • If you are looking for more support for the busts go with this method. This method is ideal for women with heavy busts.
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  1. Once you have your padded bra, assess your garment.
  2. Next, remove the straps and separate each cup with a pair of scissors.
  3. Make sure to properly cut off the sides carefully but leave the cups connected in the middle.
  4. Put on your garment and attach the bra cups with pins where you want them to be.
  5. If the top edge or side of the cup is sticking out to where it is visible, you can fold the edge inward and tack it in place with a needle and thread. (Since it’s soft foam, the folded edge won’t disturb you.)
  6. Otherwise, you can cut the edge and use a serger or zigzag stitch to sew it.
  7. Once your cup is in the proper position, use a needle and thread to sew each cup to the garment in at least four places about 1/4″ away from the cup edge at each side and top and bottom (you can even stitch in more locations as per your convenience).
  8. Use a thread colour that compliments your clothing or one that will be least visible on the outside of the garment while attaching the cup.
  9. Make small stitches to where you are coming through to the front and try going back in the same spot.
  10. Or, if your garment has two layers of fabric in that area, hold the inside layer so no stitches are noticeable from the outside.
  11. Once your bra is in, your garment is ready to wear! Yay!
  • If you are looking for less support go with this method. This method is ideal for women with small bust sizes. 
  1. For this method, you’ll have to purchase a pair of bra cups of your size. Make sure to get some that match the clothing item’s colour so it’s not noticeable.
  2. Put on your garment and assess where you want the cups to be. 
  3. Pin the cups in place, gently put on the item back and make sure you like the cup location.
  4. Follow the instructions that are mentioned in the first method about trimming the cup size if necessary and how to sew in the right place.
  5. Once your cups are in the right place, your new garment is good to go!

Very simple right? With the above-mentioned steps, you can easily add a built-in bra to your garments. Make sure to read and follow each and every step carefully. 



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