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Tips & Techniques > Adding Bra Cups to a dress or blouse

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Posted on: 7/3/07 5:21 PM
Last Updated: 6/28/15 11:18 PM
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Adding bra cups to a sun dress or halter top is fairly simple to do. First, you must choose a lining for the bodice. I chose swim suit lining for this dress as it was comfortable and very stretchy (There are step by step pictures in the above link)
** You can see a picture tutorial here. The link above will not let me update it.
Next, lay the cups on the wrong side of the lining fabric. Leave 1" below the cups for an empire seam. You can also add elastic here if your dress does not have an empire seam. this will create a "shelf bra" Mark the cup placement with a water soluble pen or chalk before you pin.

Now pin the cups to the lining.

stitch around the cups with a zig zag stitch.

If you are using something very stretchy, you are finished! If not, cut the lining close to the stitching to remove it from the inside of the cups. Cover the stitching and raw edge with bias cut lining fabric or strips of tricot.

Lastly, attach this underlining with the bra cups to your bodice. If the bodice has a fitted back, this is all you need (believe me, I wear a DD and it is working for me.) If the bodice has a loose back, you may want to add a back strap of some kind to snug up the front.

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lesew said... (7/18/12 10:51 PM) Reply
Thank you. This was helpful. I'll give it a try.
jynclr said... (7/12/12 12:18 PM) Reply
Oh, awesome! THANK YOU!!! I just posted in the pattern alterations forum about adding bra cups to a maxi dress. I then did a Bing search for tutorials and was lead right back here to PR and your tutorial. OF COURSE! :D Thank you for posting this tutorial. Now I know how to do this. :)
Kayseri said... (6/6/10 8:11 PM) Reply
Excellent tutorial
Maripat said... (6/1/10 4:19 PM) Reply
Thank you so much. Very clear and descriptive.
SewPurple said... (3/24/08 8:08 PM) Reply
Great tip! Working on a project right now where I will try this!
SewSewHappy said... (9/19/07 5:23 PM) Reply
I am certainly going to follow these instructions as I'm not comfortable with strapless bras. THANKS!!
Daydreamer said... (9/19/07 11:51 AM) Reply
Excellent instructions and photos. Thanks so much! Mary
GrissyG said... (7/16/07 7:49 PM) Reply
I'm new to sewing and this is a project I wanted to do but didn't have the know how. thanks for the tip and pics.
martinanne said... (7/15/07 11:55 PM) Reply
Very helpful! Thanks for the pics and descriptions.
Jodi B. said... (7/10/07 0:38 AM) Reply
Thank you for posting this, Nancywin. Great tutorial! One question -- where do you find bra cups in a DD? I haven't been able to find them in my size. Thanks! Jodi
KathySews said... (7/9/07 5:44 PM) Reply
Great tip - avoids bra straps in sun dresses. I must try this because I have been wanting a summer dress
Susan M said... (7/9/07 1:46 PM) Reply
Very clear and well written. Thank you for taking the time to write this tip.
narcissaqtpie said... (7/5/07 9:28 AM) Reply
Thanks, I'll be trying this technique soon on a strapless dress.
Karine said... (7/4/07 5:09 PM) Reply
Thanks for the great instructions - the photos help so much.
Rhoda K said... (7/4/07 8:52 AM) Reply
Thanks for your tip. I remember when one could buy RTW sundresses w/cups included, 1970s, loved 'em! Now I'll try my own.
ginaT said... (7/4/07 4:19 AM) Reply
As always your instruction are well described and picture perfect :)
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