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Sports bra for curvy body types


Good sport outfits for curvy women are hard to come by. Especially sports bras. After 3min of wearing them, I get so annoyed because my girls won’t stop flopping around 😆🙈. Do you know that feeling?

Time to check if I can make a SUPPORTIVE sports bra.

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Scowering the web and social media, I found a couple of sports bras that seem to work for people with larger cup sizes (hier habe ich eine kleine Liste). I went with the Mighty Sports Bra von Evie La Luve.  It’s built with a Powernet overlay for extra support and that looks very promising!

Before I cut into my fabric, I pinned the paper pieces to my body (after the  Palmer/Pletsch-method). That showed me that the bra would not fit over my breasts – it did not have enough length (even though my measurements fit). So, I’ve added 1.5cm (about .6in) in width to the pattern. I decided to forgo a full bust adjustment (FBA) because I did not want to add to the width of the pattern pieces, only the length.

Spoilers: After wearing the bra for about 10 sports sessions (yoga, crosstrainer, some workouts) I decided to add an additional pattern adjustment to my pattern pieces for the next sports bra: The armcycle on the front pattern piece is  a bit too low for me – it gives me the “sideboob”-effect, which I hate (= means, my breasts spill out on the side of the bra a bit). So to adjust this, I made the armcycle smaller (see picture below). I also decided to widen the straps of the bra a bit. Other than that, the pattern works great!!

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I chose a 4-way stretch scuba for the material. I really like the feel of scuba when I do sports. For the overlays, I’ve chosen strong powernet. The whole bra is encased in FOE (fold-over elastic). I also decided to encase the bottom elastic. I bought all the materials from B-Wear, a lingerie store in Sweden (online and offline). I love Bodil’s selection of lingerie and activewear fabrics, excellent quality!

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The bra comes together quite fast and can be sewn by beginners. Since so many edges are finished with FOE, it’s such a good practice bra for sewing elastics!

sew yourself a sports bra! You won't regret it. With a few adjustments, sportsbras even work for full-busted people - check out our tips #sewing #sportsbra #handmadebra
sew yourself a sports bra! You won't regret it. With a few adjustments, sportsbras even work for full-busted people - check out our tips #sewing #sportsbra #handmadebra

Now for the fit: The sports bra holds its promise: the breasts are softly pressed to your body so that when you do sports they cannot flop around. If you follow us on Instagram, I’ve uploaded a jumping-video where you can check the fit 😂. I love the powernet overlays – they lend extra support and I wouldn’t skip it if you are curvy. I’d even say that for D+ cups they are a must.

sew yourself a sports bra! You won't regret it. With a few adjustments, sportsbras even work for full-busted people - check out our tips #sewing #sportsbra #handmadebra
sew yourself a sports bra! You won't regret it. With a few adjustments, sportsbras even work for full-busted people - check out our tips #sewing #sportsbra #handmadebra
sew yourself a sports bra! You won't regret it. With a few adjustments, sportsbras even work for full-busted people - check out our tips #sewing #sportsbra #handmadebra
sew yourself a sports bra! You won't regret it. With a few adjustments, sportsbras even work for full-busted people - check out our tips #sewing #sportsbra #handmadebra

Fact sheet on the pattern:

Pattern: Mighty Sports Bra by Evie la Luve

Fabric: Scuba (4-way stretch), strong Powernet

Material: bra closure, Fold-Over-Elastic (FOE), elastic (3.5cm wide)

Size: L, with pattern adjustments for curvy body types

Duration: quick sew, 4h from the pattern adjustments to the finished bra

Difficulties: none.

sew yourself a sports bra! You won't regret it. With a few adjustments, sportsbras even work for full-busted people - check out our tips #sewing #sportsbra #handmadebra
sew yourself a sports bra! You won't regret it. With a few adjustments, sportsbras even work for full-busted people - check out our tips #sewing #sportsbra #handmadebra
sew yourself a sports bra! You won't regret it. With a few adjustments, sportsbras even work for full-busted people - check out our tips #sewing #sportsbra #handmadebra
sew yourself a sports bra! You won't regret it. With a few adjustments, sportsbras even work for full-busted people - check out our tips #sewing #sportsbra #handmadebra

Have you ever sewn a sports outfit that is custom made to your body shape? For me, that’s the magic in doing it yourself – in the end you get a piece of clothing that actually fits and fulfills its purpose!

 

At least with this bra, I can’t make excused not to exercise more  😁

Love,

Lenzi


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