Our Bra Builder Combo Kits take the guesswork out of bra building by putting together everything you'll need to make a beautiful Bra using your own pattern. If you need a pattern, we have a great selection on our Patterns Page, both paper and downloadable.
Ah, the elegant simplicity of the meadow Buttercup! The Buttercup is one of Mother Nature's most understated beauties. Often the first to peek out in the spring, these dainty and delicate blossoms are replicated in the graceful lace featured in this Bra Builder Combo Kit. The soft and buttery yellow created for this kit is the newest of our seasonal winter colors. The delicious color itself makes this kit a must-have! All of the underfabrics and elastics will be dyed to Buttercup so you can create a beautiful, classic lace bra. Liz of Liz Sews created the gorgeous bra pictured here using our Buttercups Kit and Simplicity Bra Pattern 8229 (with her own amazing Liz alterations!).
You can choose your fabrics to get your perfect look and fit. For cups, you may choose Microduoplex, which is the gold standard for a supportive bra. The microduoplex is buttery soft, never ravels or frays, is almost indestructible and lets clothing glide right over it. It has a satin side and a matte side, and you can use either side as the right side. If you've used other duoplex for your bra building, you'll be delighted with the Microduoplex. It has all the lovely features of the polyester Duoplex available elsewhere, but has a lovely hand and conforms to your shape even better. Super Simplex is also an excellent choice for your cups. Substantial, easy to sew with a lovely hand feel, you can't go wrong with Super Simplex. You can also specify Tricot for your cups. Line Tricot cups with the same Tricot fabric but orient the stretch in opposite directions. Finally you can go for a more transparent look with a Sheer Cup Lining base fabric. You can also choose regular or firm power net for your band, the size of your hook and eye and the type of straps that you want. Use our regular weight power net for 75% stretch, great comfort, and very good support. Use our firm weight power net for the strongest support with 50% stretch. This is the power net that Bravo Bella carried for much of 2017 and 2018 except that it isn't stiff, it's soft. The price of the kit will change based upon the base fabric that you specify.
If you would like to make a matching pair of panties. you can get a Microlycra Panty Kit or a Stretch Mesh Panty Kit and choose out new seasonal color Buttercup for a lovely set. You could even use some of your leftover Buttercups lace for trimming your panties.
A Buttercups Kit contains:
- A fat quarter of Microduoplex, Sheer Cup Lining, Super Simplex or Tricot in Buttercup
- 28" x 14" of Powernet (specify regular or firm weight) in Buttercup
- 2 yards of Buttercups Lace
- 1 1/2 yards of 3/8" scalloped band elastic in Buttercup
- 1 1/4 yards of 5/8" scalloped band elastic in Buttercup
- 1 yard of plush channeling
- Twill tape for seam stabilization
- 3 hook and eyes (please specify 2 or 4)
- Strap elastic, all in Buttercup
- 6" plus interfacing for self straps (no rings and slides)
- 1 1/2 yards plus rings and slides for elastic straps
The strength of our microduoplex fabric, which makes it so wonderful for bras, also makes it hard to puncture with needles and pins. This is true with most duoplex fabrics. Use either fine silk pins or Wonder Clips to pin (I find Wonder Clips work best), and a Microtex 80/12 needle with a smooth thread like Superior Threads So Fine or Mettler Metrosene to make it easy to sew. In my testing, the So Fine thread and Microtex 80/12 won the challenge of the nicest stitch on microduoplex, and as long as my presser foot completely covered the seam allowance, I found it just as easy to sew as quilting cotton. I moved the needle to the right to set my seam allowance at 1/4" since my presser foot is a bit wide.
We offer all these pins, clips, needles and thread here on our site.