Ultimate Sports Bra Free Pattern Review

Pattern details

It’s free from So Sew Easy available here:

I love the diagonal front design details and there is also a curved seam between the racer back and back body which are a bit hard to see in the black fabric (same with mine) but could easily be accented with some contrasting fabrics. I’ve drawn them in white below.

It’s a great pattern, if you like the design look no further!

Fabric – can you get away with 2-way stretch?

I used a 95% polyester 5% lycra 2-way stretch fabric from Amazon which I bought specifically for the purpose – although it was only after buying that I realised it was only 2 way stretch. A 4-way stretch would definitely be better but it does work with 2-way.

I also used a black power mesh (from Amazon too!). This is like a very stretchy thin net fabric often also used in dance wear.

Here’s the power mesh facing as well as what the power mesh looks like zoomed in!

Fold Over Elastic (FOE) is essential but fun to choose the colour

Increasing support

The pattern includes a front facing which Myra recommends using the same fabric as the body for. Having looked at a fair few other patterns before settling on this one I’d learnt about the addition of a power mesh fabric which adds some compression. I directly cut the facing out of power mesh.

Next time I would probably use power mesh and a lining facing together.

There is a narrow band that runs along the base. I didn’t but would recommend enclosing a piece of elastic that fits snug around your underbust.

Fit

The pattern is very well drafted. I will probably increase the length of the torso next time.

Construction

The video is super helpful and I actually much preferred it to reading instructions. The fold over elastic is definitely the most fiddly bit. I had quite a lot of trouble sewing it on as the fabric kept slipping out from inbetween leaving lots of holes which I had to unpick and resew.

Oops….

A remedy to this is to lay the WRONG side of the fabric on the WRONG side of the elastic only up to the fold. Pin well or use clips. Use a zig zag stitch in matching thread to secure the elastic in place. Then fold elastic over edge of fabric and ‘topstitch’ in place with zigzag.

I made mine using a mock three thread ultra safety stitch on my overlocker which was speedy, neat and perfect for the job. It kind of sews two lines of stitching so should be durable. I like to try out new stitches but its always time consuming to rethread and change needles!

Hack the pattern

I want to hack the pattern with a fun colourful FOE strappy back which I’ve been playing with on my mannequin. I’ve been told it looks like something someone may wear as part of a circus outfit but y’know some of these colours combos are just worth it!

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