Sports bra sewing patterns

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Sports bra sewing patterns

A lot of people have expressed interest in sewing their own sports bra, so I figured out I should do a round-up post with various sports bra sewing patterns.

A big part of activewear for women is finding a good sports bra, and preferably one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I struggle with this myself, since my breasts, while fairly small, sits quite far apart and are kinda floppy and I have a hard time finding small enough cups that still offers support. On most my of me-made workout tank tops I add a simple built in bra using stable power net/mesh to keep the boobs in place (se further down for links on how to do that). But that doesn’t shape the breasts very well so I am looking into sports bra patterns currently (though I am also considering drafting a sports bra pattern myself). So here is a compilation of what sports bra sewing patterns I’ve found so far:

A big list of sewing patterns for sports bra making:

 

Endurance sports bra

Endurance Sports Bra from Greenstyle Creations

I love the cup design on this pattern and it comes in a wide range of sizes.  This is a pattern I can totally see myself doing in the future.

 

 

Sports bra Alison

Alison Sports Bra Pattern from Bra Making Supplies
I first saw this pattern when visiting the stall of a Swedish bra making vendor at a sewing fair. The reviews seems really good and while the consructions looks quite easy it looks like it could offer good support and the option to add foam bra cups
Kerri sports bra

 

Kerri No Bounce Sports Bra Pattern

Another sports bra pattern from Bra Making Supplies. Promises to be bounce proof and looks very solid in its construction.

Sports bra from Ki-ba-doo

German sports-bra pdf-pattern company that comes in a great range of sizes.

Jalie 2563
 and Jalie 3247

Sports bra patterns that are easy to make and best suited for small busts. And with the addition of stable power net lining it could offer good support too for small to medium busts.

Dunbar bra Sewaholic
Sewaholic Dunbar sports bra

Doesn’t offer much support in itself, but with some power net/mesh lining I think it could work for small to medium busts at least.

Sewing sports bra patterns

Pneuma bra top

Part of the tank top pattern. This bra offers zero support on it’s own (trust me, I have made it). But by adding power net and using a stable compression fabric it could work.
Swim Style sports bra

Swim Style Gym top

Another promising option if all you need is a simple sports bra pattern. Adding power mesh and foam cups would make this pattern more bra like.

 

Sewing Rabbit simple sports bra tutorial

If you just want to make a super simple bra top, this tutorial might be worth checking out
How to sew a sports bra

Tutorial: Lining a sports bra with power mesh

Lining your sports bra with firm power net/mesh will make a huge difference when it comes to support.
How to sew a built in bra

 

Tutorial: Sewing a built-in-bra

Want to add a simple built-in-bra to your workout top? In this tutorial I show how it can be done.

This was a pretty extensive list, but I’m sure there are more patterns out there. Please share in the comments section and if you have any tips, tricks and favorite materials for making your own sports bra

Also, join the Sewing Activewear Facebook group if you like. Several folks there has made their own sports bra and can offer great advice.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Caitlyn
    April 27, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I don’t know how available Simplicity patterns are where you live, but they recently put out a sports bra pattern (8339) with coordinating tank top (8338) and leggings (8212) patterns. Like several of the later entries in your list, the Simplicity design looks like it would offer minimal support unless a stable lining was added. I haven’t sewn it yet, but have the pattern and will be reviewing your tips on activewear when it comes to the top of my queue.

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      Johanna
      April 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you for the tip! I’ll add it to my list and yes it looks like not much built in support, but I like the style lines and the back variations

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    Summerflies
    April 28, 2017 at 10:05 am

    This is very timely as I’m looking at sports bra patterns. I haven’t seen any reviews for the Kelly sports bra and I’d be interested as Beverly drafts bras so I’ll presume she knows about keeping bigger boobs in place. I’m trying to get my friend in the US to get me the Simplicity ones mentioned above as they are not offered here yet, or maybe ever as we miss out on a lot in Australia.

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      Johanna
      April 28, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Yes I think the Kerri sports bra is the way to go for bigger boobs, which is also the conclusion I got from skimming some reviews of the pattern (there are some on blogs). My overall impression is that there are not much to choose from when it comes to more supporting sports bra patterns, compared to the crop tank top versions, which there are plenty to go around. I really like the design of the Simplicity ones and is tempted by that one too.

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    Andrea
    April 28, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I own Jalie 2563 and made one sports bra several years ago but after trying a RTW sports bra from Panache (no bouncing whatsoever, believe me, I jumped up and down at the store), I almost forget that I could sew one.

    I must confess that when I see a woman running or at the gymn without proper breast support, I fell sorry for them. They are damaging themselves and aren’t even aware of it!

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      Johanna
      April 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Yes and it is painful too! I know that if I’m wearing something with not enough support and am jumping, it hurts! Perhaps there are some tricks and construction ideas you can get from the Panache if you are planning to make another sports bra? I have one from Shock Absorber that I’m thinking of mimicking and tweak to fit me even better.

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    Cindy M in Oregon
    April 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I looked at your post because I am interested in making some sort of support bra. I had a lumpectomy in November and my exercise routine is sorely lacking because of the pain. The trampoline is totally out right now, which was my favorite way to exercise. running or jogging–forget about it!! Even the very expensive sport bra I got at the oncology wear center was no help at all. What’s a girl to do? Make your own, right? But finding a pattern that will work is not working out. I am going to join the Facebook group for active wear and see if they can offer any help. Thanks!

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      Johanna
      May 2, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Oh I can imagine! You have come back from such an ordeal. I hope that you are on the road to recovery, hugs. As for bras it sounds like you might need to construct your own pattern, or at least tweak a pattern to make it work for you. Or even better, take a class in bra making if there are any available in your area. I know several people who have done that and came back with great fitting me-made bras.

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